Auto electricians are in demand

Auto electricians can make good money. They fit electrical and electronic systems and accessories in vehicles and find faults and fix all kinds of electronics.

Auto electricians can make good money. They fit electrical and electronic systems and accessories in vehicles and find faults and fix all kinds of electronics.

With modern vehicles relying heavily on electrical and electronic controls, you can't go wrong in this business.

Auto electricians' main tasks:

l Taking readings, using a laptop or hand-held device connected to an engine's electronic control unit (in new models);

l Checking and testing wiring and parts in older vehicles using portable instruments;

l Using readings to find faults;

l Researching faults using manufacturers' circuit diagrams and specification manuals;

l Repairing or replacing faulty parts;

l Retesting the system to en- sure everything works;

l Filling out a repair sheet detailing what you have done.

You have to have knowledge of electronic ignitions, immobilisers, alarms and tracking devices; electric windows, mirrors and seats, tow-bar electrics and air-conditioning; customised LED or neon lighting kits, parking warning systems and reverse cameras.

You will also work with car phones, TV and DVD players.

You can start as an apprentice in auto electrics or vehicle servicing and repair. You must have passed maths, science, engineering, design and technology or any appropriate equivalent to register for a course.

If you are not eligible for an apprenticeship, you may be able to take other qualifications.

You often need a driver's licence for this line of work.

Manufacturers also run specialist training schemes which lead to technician status.

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