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Automotive workers will continue to be in high demand for
decades to come
Many predicted that, come the 21st century, we'd be getting from A to
B via jet packs, hovercraft or teleporters. However, the internal
combustion engine has managed to retain its central place in our
society, resulting in a huge number of automotive jobs still being
available 105 years after the first Model T rolled off the production
line. These jobs can be divided into the following four broad categories.
There are plenty of automotive positions available for those with
minimal or no educational qualifications. Service station attendants,
tyre or windscreen fitters, bicycle technicians, vehicle detailers,
delivery drivers, car salespeople, car rental officers, car park
attendants and taxi, bus, truck and train drivers all essentially
learn on the job (sometimes after completing a short course to master
the use of certain equipment). But if you're interested in becoming an
industrial spray painter, radiator repairer, vehicle serviceperson or
forklift operator you'll probably need to get a qualification from
your local TAFE.
To get one of these positions you usually need a skill level equal to
a Certificate III or IV, at least three years' relevant experience or
to be doing an apprenticeship. Most types of mechanic – light engine,
light vehicle, motorcycle, heavy vehicle, brake and automotive – fall
into this category as do marine and aircraft maintenance engineers.
Panel beaters, vehicle body builders, exhaust fitter and repairers,
engineering pattern makers and engine reconditioners are some of the
other positions also in this category. To qualify for these types of
jobs you will almost always need to do a
TAFE NSW course.
These are highly skilled jobs that require a diploma or advanced
diploma from TAFE, a Registered Training Organisation or, more rarely,
a university. Jobs in this category include mechanical engineering
associate, army soldier technician, air force technician, navy
technical sailor, transport administrator and electrical engineering associate.
If you want to be mechanical, mechatronic, industrial or electrical
engineer you'll need a bachelor degree from a university.
While lots of industries are being disrupted by technological change,
mankind's long-running and still-passionate love affair with motorised
transport suggests that automotive workers will continue to be in high
demand for decades to come.