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Salary Range
€18k - €45k
Career Zone

In Brief...

Find and diagnose faults in the electrical wiring and electrical/electronic parts of motor vehicles.


  • Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


  • Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

In Summary - Auto Electrician

Career Sectors

Auto Electricians typically work in the following Career Sectors:

The Motor Industry
Transport & Logistics

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The Work - Auto Electrician

They use ammeters and voltmeters to identify breaks in electric circuits. They check electronic circuits against circuit diagrams and use hand and power tools to make repairs. When a repair is completed, they test the circuit or part to make sure it is working correctly. They also make adjustments, and check and top up batteries as part of routine servicing. They may take part in MOT tests, to make sure a vehicle is safe to travel on the road.  
Auto-electricians may install and repair accessories such as audio systems, alarms, car phones DVD and TV, Satellite Navigation. They may go to breakdowns with mechanics and repair faults at the site.  
Auto-electricians may specialise in cars, heavy goods vehicles, buses or coaches. They may specialise in one make of vehicle.  
Most auto-electricians work is in garages, workshops or depots that are large, airy spaces with concrete floors, and are cold in winter and hot in summer. They wear overalls or boiler suits and rub their hands with barrier cream to protect them against oil, grease and dirt. Much of the time auto-electricians are under a vehicle or its dashboard, testing or repairing. They deal with all aspects of the car from starter motor, to central locking, to electric windows.

Most commonly reported Work Tasks

  • Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures and equipment.
  • Diagnose or repair problems with electronic equipment, such as sound, navigation, communication, and security equipment, in motor vehicles.
  • Inspect and test electrical or electronic systems to locate and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections and testing instruments such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters.
  • Install equipment and accessories such as stereos, navigation equipment, communication equipment, and security systems.
  • Estimate costs of repairs based on parts and labor charges.
  • Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.
  • Run new speaker and electrical cables.
  • Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures and equipment, using electric drills and routers.
  • Replace and clean electrical or electronic components.
  • Remove seats, carpeting, and interiors of doors and add sound-absorbing material in empty spaces, reinstalling interior parts.

Most commonly reported Work Activities

  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Handling and Moving Objects Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Thinking Creatively Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
  • Performing General Physical Activities Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

Interests - Auto Electrician

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


To be an auto-electrician, you need a logical and methodical mind to trace faults. Auto-electricians must be good with their hands, and physically fit to cope with lifting, bending and working in cramped conditions, for example, stretching under a dashboard.  
You must be able to work accurately on your own, and as part of a team. You need to be able to make decisions and take responsibility for your work, which can affect the safety of customers and colleagues. Auto-electricians must have good communication skills to discuss faults with drivers and colleagues. You must be able to understand written instructions, and perhaps technical drawings. You should have good problem skills. You would also need to keep up to date with developments in technology.  
Good colour vision is needed for working with colour coded wires and parts.

Entry Requirements - Auto Electrician

Pay & Salary - Auto Electrician

Salary Range (thousands per year)* €18k - €45k

Data Source(s):

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.

Labour Market Updates - Auto Electrician

Electricians are in demand in both construction and industry. Employment has been increasing in recent years, although there is evidence of churn through the recent job hires analysis; there were also over 1,000 jobseekers who were previously employed in electrical trades.

The number of registrations for apprenticeships has been increasing steadily in recent years, although it remains far below the pre-recession level. Short-term issues in sourcing electricians may emerge in this occupation until the output from apprenticeship recovers.

National Skills Bulletin 2018

Useful Contacts - Auto Electrician

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