- taking readings, using a laptop or hand-held device connected to an engine's electronic control unit (found in newer vehicles)
- checking and testing wiring and parts in older vehicles using portable instruments
- using the readings to find faults
- researching faults, using manufacturers' circuit diagrams and specification manuals
- repairing or replacing faulty parts
- retesting the system to make sure everything is working correctly and safely (this may include road testing the vehicle)
- filling out a repair sheet detailing the work you have done.
You would work with a variety of electronic systems including:
- electronic ignitions, alarms, immobilisers and tracking devices
- electric windows, mirrors and seats, towbar electrics and air-conditioning
- customised LED or neon lighting kits, parking warning systems and reverse cameras.
- good practical skills for using a range of tools and electronic instruments
- the ability to work methodically and pay close attention to detail
- good problem-solving skills
- the ability to read electrical wiring diagrams
- the ability to work alone and as part of a team
- good communication and customer care skills
- the ability to keep up to date with developments in engine and electrical technology
- an awareness of health and safety.
Average salary (2013):The United Kingdom: £14,500 and £17,500
Qualifications and training required:
You could get into this career through an Apprenticeship scheme. To get on to an Apprenticeship, you would normally need four GCSEs (grades A-C) but this varies depending on the college or training provider.
The range of Apprenticeships available in your area will depend on the local jobs market and the types of skills employers need. To find out more, visit the Apprenticeships and the Institute of the Motor Industry websites.
- Level 1 Award / Certificate / Diploma in Vehicle Systems Maintenance
- Level 1 Certificate in Introduction to Motor Vehicle Maintenance and Repair
- Level 1 Award / Certificate in Motor Vehicle Studies.