Jobs within the automotive industry are extremely varied. Depending on which element you would like to enter defines what kind of jobs to go for. Put simply there are two major sectors dividing the industry; those who work in the development, manufacture and sale of new cars, and those involved in the after sales garage industries.
Both can be lucrative industries to enter, especially the latter as the majority of people lack any real mechanical knowledge so your skill with an engine is often required by many.
Employment within the car manufacturing industry has a wide scope and is not necessarily defined by engineering qualifications. Sadly the British motor industry had been in decline for some years, most will remember the ghastly scenes outside Rover’s Longbridge plant during its closure in 2005.
It seems to have settled down in recent years with large plants in Ellesmere Port, Southampton and Sunderland still open, producing cars for Vauxhall, Ford and Nissan respectively. These construction jobs will most probably come under threat eventually, as with much of the automotive industry in Britain, cheaper production abroad means companies are less inclined to use the British workforce.
Construction is not the only field available in the motor industry. In terms of creative development, many British applicants have gone on to work for the major car companies to design future models despite production being moved overseas. Added to this, thanks to British universities leading the way in engineering scholarship, the talents of British design engineers are required worldwide.
Their knowledge has helped bring the motor industry forward, creating new technologies and providing expert advice is clearly a niche that British engineers have managed to chisel out in an extremely competitive global market.
However if you are in the process of looking for jobs in the automotive industry do not be disheartened by lack of engineering know-how or the dwindling opportunities in vehicle manufacture. Showroom sales and after sales care are a very important part of the business and pay handsomely for employees who can sell well.
As a car sales representative being able to bend people to your will is a requirement as this will help in selling cars. Subsequently pay is often performance related and those who have a clear drive for earning would be suited to this type of job as the reward of an extra big pay packet can be enough to pursue sales fervently.
The vast majority of UK motor trade vacancies however are in the garage and after sales industry. The legislative insistence upon the MOT test, added to a car’s need to be serviced regularly creates a constant stream of work for garages.
Employment within the industry varies from MOT testers to panel beaters, whilst running a garage can be extremely lucrative. When beginning in the trade, options include college courses that will qualify students to work on cars and apprenticeships that allow on the job training.
Knowing your way round an engine is no longer a sure fire way into the modern automotive trade. Increasingly cars are becoming more advanced, with electronics and electronic diagnosis becoming a major constituent of the job.
Today’s mechanical engineering college courses are not wholly practical either and contain a large theoretic element requiring much study and written examinations. Seemingly the days of the ‘grease-monkey’ are over, as the industry evolves those who can work a lap top will be increasingly required to diagnose and repair engine malfunctions.
Applicants for jobs in this industry vary from engineering graduates to mechanics’ apprentices. Those in manufacture take pride in the production of evermore modern and improved designs whereas those in after sales care ensure that people’s cars are roadworthy and running well. Both sets of skills are valued equally in an industry that prides itself on getting people moving