Best Careers in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry in Australia is certainly one of the most dynamic sectors with plenty of job opportunities for qualified individuals.

Many of these job opportunities are the stepping stones toward rewarding careers in both the monetary and non-monetary aspects.

The best of these careers include mechanical engineers, automotive service technicians and mechanics, and automotive body and glass repairers.

Mechanical Engineers

In the automotive industry, mechanical engineers practice one of the broadest job descriptions in part because their profession is one of the broadest disciplines in engineering. Their general job description includes the research and development, design and construction, and performance testing of mechanical devices including but not limited to tools, engines and machines.

Their duties typically include the following:

  • Analyse problems to determine the usefulness of mechanical devices in their resolution
  • Design and redesign mechanical devices complete with blueprints in preparation for their construction
  • Develop prototypes for the mechanical devices and then perform testing procedures
  • Oversee the manufacturing process for the mechanical devices

In the course of their work, mechanical engineers use several tools and technologies including power-producing and power-using machines, industrial production equipment, and machine tools, among others. Of course, they also extensively use computers for the performance of their jobs.

Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics

These professionals typically provide services for customers after their purchase of cars but also provide services during the production of the automobiles. Their jobs usually involve the following tasks:

  • Test the automotive systems and their parts to ensure proper functioning
  • Identify mechanical problems from the tires to the engine often with the use of diagnostic tools like checklists and technologies like computers
  • Test and lubricate the engine, heating and cooling systems, and other major components
  • Provide services in basic automotive care and maintenance such as tune-ups, oil changes, and tire rotations
  • Replace or repair damaged or worn parts including brake pads and wheel bearings
  • Disassemble and then reassemble components
  • Explain to their clients the automotive issues as well as the replacements and the repairs done on their cars

Because of the increasing sophistication of automotive technology, service technicians and mechanics must also deal with electronic systems along with the traditional mechanical components. The former includes braking, steering, and transmission systems, which are controlled by computers, while the latter includes engines, transmissions and belts.

Automotive service technicians and mechanics can also specialize in certain aspects of the profession. Clients can then find automotive air-conditioning specialists, brake repairers, and transmission technicians, to name a few.

Automotive Body and Glass Repairers

Think of the automotive body and glass repairers as the professionals responsible for keeping vehicles in tip-top shape mainly in the aesthetics sense. Their main job involves restoring, finishing and replacing the bodies and frames as well as the window glass and windshields of vehicles according to the specifications of the manufacturers and/or the clients.

Suffice it to say that without one of these professionals in the automotive industry, your car will not have the desired form (appearance) and function (operation). You can also choose from among these professions and you can expect to be paid a good salary package.

Of course, becoming one of these professionals require the appropriate education, training and work experience in a wide variety of jobs. Keep in mind that the good salary packages that come with these jobs are not handed on a silver platter so hard work is a must, too.