To become a qualified automotive technician you need to complete an apprenticeship.
What is an apprenticeship?
An apprenticeship is a formal training contract with
an employer that leads to a recognised
qualification. It combines employment and training
at work with complementary off the job training at a
TAFEWA college or other training provider.
What does an automotive technician
An automotive technician works with light vehicles
and is involved in repairing engines and
components of vehicles, adjusting, testing and
repairing engines, steering systems, braking
systems, vehicle suspensions and wheel
What attributes will I need?
An automotive technician needs:
good hearing and eyesight
• manual dexterity
• mechanical aptitude and interest
commitment to keep up to date with changing
ability to follow routine procedures for
What working conditions could I
Automotive technicians normally work a 40 hour
week. Some evening, weekend or holiday work
may be required.
Automotive technicians generally work in a
workshop and the work can be physically
demanding. The use of automation and technology
is increasing in the industry.
How do I become an apprentice
If you are still at school
You may be able to start an apprenticeship through
Training in Schools. You can begin in Years 11 and 12
at the same time as completing your Western
Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) through a
school based apprenticeship or School Apprenticeship
Link. Speak to your school’s Vocational Education and
Training (VET) coordinator about selecting the best
training option for you.
You might like to also consider studying:
information technology (with increasing
automation and technology in the industry)
automotive engineering and technology
If you have left school
You can be emp