Automotive Electrician is on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL).
By undertaking the Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology students will gain the experience and knowledge that is required to work in the automotive electrical service and repair industry. Throughout this course students will learn how to service, repair and diagnose all electrical problems.
You will be trained to install, maintain, and diagnose faults and repair electrical and computer-based equipment in cars. Graduates of this course may find work in automotive repair garages, dealerships and even in the mining industry.
Graduates will be a qualified tradesperson in the automotive electrical industry. Graduates will be skilled in many aspects of automotive electrical including:
- Repairing and replacing faulty electrical wiring.
- Industry standard maintenance and service procedures.
- Workplace health and safety standards.
- How to use the tools and equipment used in the industry.
- Using electrical equipment to locate electronic problems.
- Install electrical equipment.
- Replace defective parts.
Common Course Requirements
- Must have graduated year 11 in your home country.
- Must have a minimum overall IELTS score of 5.5.
- Full-time automotive electricians earn an average of $1400.00 per week.
- The average hours worked by a motor mechanic in Australia are 48 per week.
- Automotive electricians can work independently or be part of a larger company.
- Automotive electricians have a very high proportion of full-time jobs (90%).
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Temporary Graduate Visa
If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years of unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.
If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people with no experience to have their skills assessed. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.
Note: It is never recommended to engage in studies for the sole purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia. Speak to us and we can find a course that matches your long-term career goals.
The Graduate Visa (Subclass 485) allows recent university graduates and certain vocational graduates the chance to remain in Australia and work after their studies have finished.
On completion of this course, students will be qualified as an Automotive Electrician in Australia.
Automotive Electrician (321111) is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List. Students may be eligible to apply for work visas upon completion of this course such as temporary graduate visas, employer sponsored visas or general skilled migration visas.
The skills assessment for Automotive Electrician is delivered through Trade Recognition Australia (TRA).
The current education requirement to obtain a positive skills assessment is Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology. If you undertake this course and participate in the job ready program you may even be able to obtain a positive skills assessment without being sponsored by an employer and you may not need to live in a regional area.
Step 1: Study a course or package of courses
Study a course or package of courses that go for at least 2 years and include the Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology.
- Cert III in Automotive Electrical Technology (24 months)
Step 2: Receive the Temporary Graduate Visa
By studying for 2 years and undertaking a 360 hour of vocational placement during your studies (most education providers will arrange this for you), you may be eligible to apply for the temporary graduate visa. The graduate visa is a work visa that allows the visa holder to live and work in Australia for up to 18 months. For more information on the graduate visa click here.
Step 3: Participate in the Job Ready Program
The benefit of the JRP is that on completion you will be provided with a positive skills assessment for general migration purposes. On this program, you must work for at least 12 months as a qualified Automotive Electrician.
Your employer will not need to sponsor your visa, as you will already be on the graduate visa. This will mean that you have a lot higher chance of finding employment, as it is very easy for the employer to hire you. You may find this video on the Job Ready Program helpful.
Step 4: Apply for a General Skilled Migration Visas
Once you have completed the Job Ready Program as an Automotive Electrician you will receive a positive skills assessment. Once you have the positive skills assessment you will be able to apply for a general skilled migration visa.
If eligible, the general skilled migration visa does not require you to have an employer that is willing to sponsor your visa. Please note that you will still be required to pass the required points test and health checks to apply for this visa.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do as an Automotive Electrician?
Automotive Electricians install, maintain and repair electrical wiring and electronic components in motor vehicles. An Automotive Electrician also does the following in a normal day:
- using test equipment to locate electrical and electronic malfunctions
- dismantling and removing electrical and electronic assemblies and components
- installing electrical equipment and electronic components in motor vehicles
- connecting power-operated vehicle equipment and accessories to power supply
- adjusting engine control systems and timing
- testing and replacing defective alternators, generators, voltage regulators and starter motors
- repairing and replacing faulty ignition and electrical wiring
- replacing defective parts such as fuses, lamps and switches
Where can I study to be an Automotive Electrician?
You can study to be an Automotive Electrician in Sydney
Can foreigners do an Automotive Electrician apprenticeship in Australia?
International students can’t do an Automotive Electrician apprenticeship in Australia. Instead, they can study a 24-month vocational course to become a qualified Automotive Electrician. Click here to read more about apprenticeships and vocational courses for international students
How much does an Automotive Electrician get paid?
As per Job Outlook, a qualified Automotive Electrician earns $1,100 a week, on average
What qualifications do I need to be an Automotive Electrician?
To be a qualified Automotive Electrician in Australia you need to have successfully completed a Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
How much is a Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology course?
Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology course costs $10,000 – $12,000 per year. Prices may vary depending on education institute
How long does it take to become a qualified Automotive Electrician?
It takes 24 months to complete the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology. Durations vary depending on education institute
What is the study timetable like for a Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology course?
The Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology is generally 15-20 hours per week, spread over 2-3 days. Timetables vary depending on education institute.
Will these qualifications be recognised in my home country?
These qualifications are part of the Australian Qualification Framework. Most countries, specifically European or North American countries, accept qualifications issued by Australia. So yes, generally speaking, the qualifications will be accepted and allow you to work in your home country. Please note, we would always advise you check specifically with your home country.
What do equipment do I need to work as an Automotive Electrician?
Automotive Electricians use a range of tools, including the following:
- Diagonal Cutters
- Wire Strippers
- Razor Blade
- Wire Crimpers
- Electrical Tape
- Soldering Equipment
- Electrical Measurement Device
How many hours a week does an Automotive Electrician work in a week?
As per Job OutLook, Automotive Electricians work an average of 48 hours per week.
Is an Automotive Electrician in demand in Australia?
Automotive Electrician is currently on the Medium and Long-term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL) in Australia
Can you be an Automotive Electrician without a degree?
Yes, you can become a qualified Automotive Electrician in Australia with a Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology
Is it hard to get a job as an Automotive Electrician?
As per Job Outlook, 90 % of Automotive Electricians are employed full time
How does the future of Automotive Electrical industry look?
As per Job OutLook, the industry for Automotive Electricians is predicted to have stable future growth
Is the Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology course difficult?
The Certificate III in Automotive Electrical Technology requires students to have a completed the equivalent of Australian Year 10
How do I get started?
If you complete this questionnaire we’ll be able to send you some detailed information on the course and explain what documents you’ll need for enrolment
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