Automotive Technician Kaihangarau Pūkaha Waka

Automotive technicians service and repair vehicles and their parts and systems.

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Automotive technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • check faults in vehicles, and work out what is causing them
  • dismantle and rebuild, repair or replace engines, parts or systems
  • service vehicles and change lubricants (such as oil), coolants (such as radiator coolant) and filters
  • carry out Warrant of Fitness and Certificate of Fitness checks
  • upgrade and modify vehicles
  • interact with customers.

To do Warrant of Fitness or Certificate of Fitness checks you need to be approved as a vehicle inspector by the New Zealand Transport Agency.

Physical Requirements

Automotive technicians need to have good general health as they spend a lot of time working in, under and around vehicles. They also need good hand-eye co-ordination and good hearing.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for automotive technicians includes:

  • work on cars and other vehicles
  • work in an automotive workshop.

Personal Qualities

Automotive technicians need to be:

  • accurate, logical and patient
  • safety-conscious
  • alert, with an eye for detail
  • able to provide good customer service and explain technical terms to customers.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for automotive technicians includes:

  • work on cars and other vehicles
  • work in an automotive workshop.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but NCEA Level 1 with a minimum of 12 numeracy credits and 12 literacy credits is useful.

For Year 11 to 13 students, these programmes are a good way to gain industry experience and relevant skills:

  • StartUp 
  • trades academies, STAR and Gateway.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Automotive Technicians can earn around $19-$37 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Automotive Technician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Automotive technicians may progress to become self-employed or set up their own businesses.

With further training, qualified automotive technicians can become senior or master technicians.

Automotive technicians may move into management or customer service roles, or into related jobs such as automotive electrician.

Automotive technicians train and specialise in either light or heavy vehicles:

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