The automotive industry has a career for everyone and offers a variety of day-to-day work, along with the sense of a job well done when returning a vehicle to its owner.

Careers information

What does it involve?

The automotive industry offers roles that involve installing maintaining and repairing all types of vehicles and more.

Typical day

Normally an 8-hour day; sometimes working longer may be required.

Automotive work is varied and can include;

  • Servicing and repairing light or heavy vehicles and their components
  • Repairing, restoring and spray-painting vehicles
  • Installing, maintaining and repairing electric and electronic components in vehicles.

Training is tailored to the type of work you do.

How could I get into the industry?

You can join from school (NCEA Level 2), pre-trade courses or move into the industry from another career.

What kind of jobs could I do? 

The automotive industry employs almost 60,000 New Zealanders in jobs such as:

  • Automotive technician - Light vehicles (cars and motorbikes)
  • Automotive technician - Heavy vehicles (trucks, tractors and diggers etc.)
  • Automotive electrical
  • Collision repair technician (Panelbeater)
  • Refinisher (Spraypainter)
Does this sound like you?

Study areas

Attributes Helpful experience Preferred work environments
  • Maths or Accounting or Economics
  • Sciences or Workshop Technologies
  • Computing / ICT / Information Management
  • Good at precision work
  • Good literacy and numeracy
  • Good initiative/'can do' attitude 
  • Good work habits / time management
  • Making or fixing things
  • Working with machinery and tools
  • Working with computers
  • Inside or outside (workshop or plant)
  • One place every day
  • Occasional offsite work