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Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.
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Auto Electrician

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€18k > 45
Auto-electrician
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€18 - 45
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Last Updated: March, 2017

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


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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.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Splice wires with knives or cutting pliers, and solder connections to fixtures and equipment.

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Diagnose or repair problems with electronic equipment, such as sound, navigation, communication, and security equipment, in motor vehicles.

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Inspect and test electrical or electronic systems to locate and diagnose malfunctions, using visual inspections and testing instruments such as oscilloscopes and voltmeters.

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Install equipment and accessories such as stereos, navigation equipment, communication equipment, and security systems.

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Estimate costs of repairs based on parts and labor charges.

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Confer with customers to determine the nature of malfunctions.

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Run new speaker and electrical cables.

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Cut openings and drill holes for fixtures and equipment, using electric drills and routers.

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Replace and clean electrical or electronic components.

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Remove seats, carpeting, and interiors of doors and add sound-absorbing material in empty spaces, reinstalling interior parts.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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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.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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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.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Controlling Machines and Processes: Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical: Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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Design: Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

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Computers and Electronics: Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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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.

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Engineering and Technology: Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Repairing: Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Troubleshooting: Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

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Equipment Maintenance: Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

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Installation: Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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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.

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Operation Monitoring: Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

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.


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Organisation: Society of the Irish Motor Industry
Address: 5 Upper Pembroke St, Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 676 1690
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