Job in the motor industry

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Working in the motor industry is one of the more challenging career choices you could make. The industry seeks bright, committed young people with aptitude and ambition. It is a place for highly-trained and skilled workers.

Modern technicians use computers and diagnostic equipment to make and check cars that are sold out of smart showrooms by experienced salespeople. Cars are designed using sophisticated computer-aided design (CAD) techniques and manufactured by engineers and technicians assisted by robots. Even the theory part of the driving test is computerised.

What types of jobs are in the motor industry?

You could choose a career from a number of areas – design and manufacture; service, maintenance and repair (including roadside assistance); or sales and after-service. These include new and used cars, rental and leasing. The area you choose will be based on your own interests – whether you are technically minded or more interested in dealing with the end products and customers.

What qualifications do I need?

People who work as designers and engineers for car manufacturers usually have degrees in engineering or automotive-related subjects. It is competitive, but there are lots of opportunities for people who want to work in the different areas of design, development and production.

What if I don't have a degree?

Manufacturers also need workers who have the professional skills to turn designs into reality, using a variety of high-tech equipment. Or, if you have technical flair, you could work in a maintenance and repair role. All sorts of vehicles, from supersize trucks to cars and motorbikes, need maintaining, servicing and, when things go wrong, repairing.

What training opportunities are available?

There are hundreds of courses aimed at the automotive industry. Some people join large organisations where they can take advantage of in-house company training schemes. If you prefer to train locally, there are lots of regional work and training opportunities. Apprenticeships are available in areas as diverse as Vehicle Maintenance and Repair, Vehicle Sales, and Body and Paint Operations, so you can learn a variety of skills and gain National Vocational/Scottish Vocational Qualifications (NVQs/SVQs) and technical certificates along the way.

What about a customer-facing role?

If you have good people skills and love cars, you could consider going into car sales or work in related areas such as servicing or after-sales. As well as Apprenticeships in Vehicle Sales, there is a whole range of certificate, diploma and degree courses for sales people.

What are the prospects?

There are more than 30 million motor vehicles on the roads in the United Kingdom, and over 25 million of them are private cars. The motor industry is filling up with qualified and committed people who recognise that they can make the most of their skills, whatever their level of work.

There are many opportunities for progression in the motor industry, including management. The route you choose is up to you!

Modified: 16 June 2013

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