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Automotive


The Automotive industry is what it says on the tin. You’ll be at the heart of an industry about all things to do with motor vehicles, with a range of opportunities at your fingertips, from roles that focus on how vehicles are designed, to working for the large companies that sell them.

Industry Summary

The Automotive industry involves the design, development, manufacturing, marketing and selling of motor vehicles. You can be involved in the production of an array of different means of transportation, from ground-breaking automobiles, pricey super cars, ancient heritage vehicles and much more! Opportunities in this industry are available worldwide, with car shows across hundreds of countries and design and development at every corner opening you up for potential travel abroad.

It’s fair to say that you can really look at the bigger picture when you start your career in the automotive industry. When you think of the Automotive industry, you may bring to mind the massive car retailers, however, there are loads of smaller organisations that provide openings into the sector.

The Automotive industry isn’t just about the hands-on work with motor vehicles. It could also include the science and engineering behind them and the process of getting them the hands of their new owners. From accounting, customer service, marketing, project management, the legal department and even design, there are hundreds of opportunities in this industry for you!

 

What options can I take for a career in the automotive industry?

 

Work Experience

Automotive work experience is a great idea if you’d like a career in the industry. As there are organisations, companies and garages across the UK that are always looking for more talent to join their business, there are plenty of options available no matter what you’d like to do. Work experience in the Automotive industry will give you the chance to work out if you like the job, but more importantly will give you the skills necessary for your future career, even if not inside this sector.

Unsure about what a work placement could involve? You should’ve asked!

 

Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship in the automotive industry could be your way to your dream career. You’ll work with an employer, alongside others that have been in the industry for years, learning from their expertise and getting hands on yourself while you complete a qualification too. There are automotive apprenticeships widely available across the UK, so it’s your chance to get a job, get qualified and get paid! Although there are lots of apprenticeships available in the wider automotive industry, including Sales, Marketing and Administration to name a few, here are some more specific automotive apprenticeships:

  • Level 2 – Autocar Technician
  • Level 3 – Automotive Glazing Technician
  • Level 3 – Accident Repair Technician
  • Level 3 – Bus and Coach Engineering Technician
  • Level 3 – Motor Vehicle Service and Maintenance Technician
  • Level 3 – Motor Technician

Want to know what apprenticeships are all about? We have you covered!

 

Degree Apprenticeships

Degree Apprenticeships are an amazing option if you choose a career in the automotive industry, with a number of opportunities available. An Automotive degree apprenticeship will allow you to gain your degree debt free and get hands on experience with industry professionals. Although not yet available for the manufacturing or maintenance capacity of the industry, there are engineering, management and design opportunities that you could consider with massive automotive employers!

Is a degree apprenticeship up your street? We’ll help you know!

 

University

Going to university is a great option if you’re considering a career in the automotive industry. You’ll learn all of the theoretical knowledge behind this sector that you’ll be then able to apply to your job when you graduate. You’ll also have the chance to choose units that you’d rather study or specialise in to set you up for your dream career in a specific role. Here are some of the degree options that are available to you:

  • Automotive Technology with Management BSc (Hons)
  • Automotive Engineering BEng (Hons)
  • Motorsport Engineering BA (Hons)
  • Mechanical Engineering BSc (Hons)

Want to find out what University could offer you? We have your back!

 

Graduate Jobs

Once you graduate, there is the option to enter straight away into a graduate job in the automotive industry. However, many employers also offer graduate schemes which will immerse you in more specific areas in the sector, whilst training you in the necessary skills for your future career across different roles and departments.

Want to know what graduate jobs are all about? We can help!

 

Other routes

Many people start their career in the automotive industry through other options. One of the most common routes is going entering a career in the industry straight from school or college, and then working your way up in the organisation. This is particularly feasible in the more hands on roles where the focus is on practical learning.

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Career Progression, Discover Your Future

Mechanical engineers

Work Description

Mechanical engineers undertake research and design, direct the manufacture and manage the operation and maintenance of engines, machines, aircraft, vehicle and ships’ structures, building services and other mechanical items.

Qualification

Mechanical engineers usually possess an accredited university degree. After qualifying, periods of appropriate training and experience are required before membership of a chartered engineering institution is attainable. Incorporated engineers possess an accredited university degree, BTEC/SQA award or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 4, followed by periods of training and relevant experience.

Job Tasks

undertakes research and advises on energy use, materials handling, thermodynamic processes, fluid mechanics, vehicles and environmental controls; determines materials, equipment, piping, capacities, layout of plant or system and specification for manufacture; designs mechanical equipment, such as steam, internal combustion and other non-electrical motors for railway locomotives, road vehicles, aeroplanes and other machinery; ensures that equipment, operation and maintenance comply with design specifications and safety standards; organises and establishes control systems to monitor operational efficiency and performance of materials and systems.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Engineering technicians

Work Description

Engineering technicians perform a variety of technical support functions to assist engineers with the design, development, operation, installation and maintenance of engineering systems and constructions.

Qualification

Entrants to training usually posses GCSEs/S grades. Vocational training consists either of full-time study for a BTEC/SQA award followed by two years on-the-job training, or an apprenticeship leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 or 4. An NVQ/SVQ in Aircraft Engineering Maintenance at Level 3 plus further professional qualifications are required to become a licensed aircraft engineer.

Job Tasks

plans and prepares work and test schedules based on specifications and drawings; sets up equipment, undertakes tests, takes readings, performs calculations and records and interprets data; prepares estimates of materials, equipment and labour required for engineering projects; diagnoses and detects faults and implements procedures to maintain efficient operation of systems and equipment; inspects completed aircraft maintenance work to certify that it meets standards and the aircraft is ready for operation; visits and advises clients on the use and servicing of mechanical and chemical engineering products and services.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Moulders, core makers and die casters

Work Description

Moulders, core makers and die casters make sand, loam and plaster moulds and cores for casting metal and pour or inject molten metal into dies by hand or machine.

Qualification

Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or have relevant practical experience. Training is by apprenticeship including practical experience and technical training. Apprenticeships in Engineering Material Processing at NVQ/SVQ Level 3 are available.

Job Tasks

positions moulding frame over pattern, fills it with sand, loam, or plaster and compacts by hand or machine; transfers mould unit to oven for baking or hardens by injecting carbon dioxide; separates mould from pattern and repairs damage or imperfections in mould surfaces; applies refractory bonding solution to moulds and dies to prevent molten metal fusing with sand; fits cores in mould to form hollow parts in casting; prepares casting pit with vents to allow the escape of gases, scoops molten metal from furnace using ladle and pours it into die or die casting machine.

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Assembler, core Blower, core Caster, die Caster at machine Corer Filer, core Hand, tub Machinist, casting, die Maker, chair Maker, core, foundry Maker, core Maker, core Maker, mould Maker, pattern, foundry Maker, pipe Man, mould Moulder, aluminium Moulder, bench Moulder, brass Moulder, butyl Moulder, connection Moulder, copper Moulder, core Moulder, cylinder Moulder, floor Moulder, founder's, pipe Moulder, foundry Moulder, grate, stove Moulder, gutter Moulder, hand Moulder, iron Moulder, loam Moulder, machine Moulder, metal, gun Moulder, pattern Moulder, pipe, iron Moulder, pipe Moulder, plate Moulder, roll Moulder, sand Moulder, shell Moulder, spray Moulder, steel Moulder, stove Moulder, wheel Moulder Moulder Moulder Moulder and coremaker Operator, cast, die Potman Rammer, chair Rammer Rammer-up Riddler, sand Worker, shop, core 

Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Welding trades

Work Description

Welding trades workers join metal parts by welding, brazing and soldering, and cut and remove defects from metal using a variety of equipment and techniques.

Qualification

Entrants typically possess GCSEs/S grades or an appropriate GNVQ/GSVQ. Training is typically by apprenticeship incorporating practical experience and technical training. NVQs/SVQs are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Welders must normally pass a competency test in the particular type of welding to be carried out.

Job Tasks

selects appropriate welding equipment such as electric arc, gas torch, etc.; connects wires to power supply, or hoses to oxygen, acetylene, argon, carbon dioxide, electric arc, or other source and adjusts controls to regulate gas pressure and rate of flow; cuts metal pieces using gas torch or electric arc; guides electrode or torch along line of weld, burns away damaged areas, and melts brazing alloy or solder into joints; cleans and smoothes weld; checks finished workpiece for defects and conformity with specification.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Metal machining setters and setter-operators

Work Description

Job holders in this unit group operate machines to drill, bore, grind, cut, mill or otherwise shape metal workpieces.

Qualification

There are no formal academic requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades. Engineering apprenticeships, BTEC and City and Guilds qualifications are available together with on-the-job training. NVQs/ SVQs at Level 2 are available.

Job Tasks

examines drawings and specifications to determine appropriate method, sequence of operations and machine setting; selects and fixes work-holding devices and appropriate cutting, shaping, grinding and/or forming tools; sets machine controls for rotation speeds, depth of cut and stroke, and adjusts machine table, stops and guides; operates automatic or manual controls to feed tool to workpiece or vice versa and checks accuracy of machining; repositions workpiece, changes tools and resets machine as necessary during production run; instructs operators on the safe and correct method of operation of the machine.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians

Work Description

Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians accept calls for help and repair and service the mechanical parts and electrical/electronic circuitry and components of cars, lorries, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles, and repair and service auto air-conditioning systems.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements, although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Training is undertaken off- and on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are available and take three to four years to complete.

Job Tasks

visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults; removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools; reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine; carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems; diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements; checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks; installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials; repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Vehicle body builders and repairers

Work Description

Job holders in this unit group construct and repair the bodies of road vehicles, and fit interior and exterior fittings to vehicle bodies.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are also available and take between three to four years to complete. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

Job Tasks

diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions; selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body; repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs; hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools; installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops; positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Vehicle paint technicians

Work Description

Vehicle paint technicians use spray equipment to apply paint, cellulose and other protective or decorative materials to the bodywork of motor vehicles.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are also available and take between three to four years to complete.

Job Tasks

applies masking material to protect areas not to be coated and removes any external fixtures; consults vehicle colour code, chooses appropriate paint or mixes paint to achieve desired consistency and colour; uses hand or electrostatic spray gun to coat surfaces, adjusting nozzle and pressure valves of the gun as required; removes masking materials and refits external fittings after completion of spraying; cleans and maintains spray equipment, protective clothing and spraying booth.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers

Work Description

Vehicle and parts salespersons and advisers sell new and used vehicles to the general public, and vehicle accessories and parts to garages, vehicle dealerships and the general public.

Qualification

There are no formal academic requirements for entry but some employers may ask for GCSEs and/or some previous relevant work experience. Apprenticeships may be available in some areas. Vehicle salespersons generally require a full, clean driving licence.

Job Tasks

discusses customer’s requirements, advises on most appropriate vehicle, explains its features and arranges test drive; negotiates sale price including any ‘trade-in’ and extra accessories, works out finance arrangements and completes sales paperwork; carries out pre-delivery inspection and formal hand-over of vehicle to customer; updates stock record, orders new vehicles from manufacturer, buys in used cars; receives orders for parts by phone, email or in person and checks availability on stock record; obtains parts from store or orders from suppliers; organises delivery of parts and handles payment; orders new supplies, arranges storage and updates stock records.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Assemblers (vehicles and metal goods)

Work Description

Jobholders in this unit group undertake the routine assembly of vehicles and other metal goods or components such as frames, axles, wire brushes and wheels.

Qualification

No academic qualifications are required. In some cases candidates must take aptitude and dexterity tests. Normal colour vision is required for some jobs. Training varies according to the complexity of the work.

Job Tasks

follows instructions and drawings and positions components on work bench or in assembly machine; assembles prepared components in sequence by soldering, bolting, fastening, spot-welding, screwing and hammering using power and hand tools or assembly machine; rejects faulty assembly components; inspects finished article for faults, monitors assembly machine operation and reports any faults.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters

Work Description

Tyre, exhaust and windscreen fitters fit, repair and adjust tyres, exhausts and windscreens on cars, buses, motorcycles and other motor vehicles.

Qualification

There are no formal academic entry requirements. Training is typically provided on-the-job, or through training programmes within larger companies. NVQs/SVQs in Vehicle Maintenance (Service Replacement) are available at Levels 1 and 2.

Job Tasks

carries out inspection and assesses the nature and extent of repair necessary; removes wheel, exhaust or windscreen using semi-automatic machinery or hand and power tools; separates tyre from wheel and fits replacement tyre using automatic machine or by using a wheel stand and hand tools; inflates tyre to correct pressure, refits wheel to axle and balances wheel using balancing machine; replaces faulty parts of exhaust and refits exhaust or windscreen to vehicle.

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Estimated Pay

Information on weekly pay (average, median and decile) is taken from a combination of two sources: the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE); and the Labour Force Survey (LFS) (both conducted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)). ASHE is widely regarded as the most reliable source of information on Pay and Hours, however it does not include information on pay by qualification as well as some other characteristics (such as self-employment).

Unemployment Data

The level and rate of UK unemployment for this career path measured by the Labour Force Survey (LFS) as a percentage, using the International Labour Organisation's definition of unemployment.

Projected Employment Levels

Estimated Hours

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