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Automotive Industry Careers, Jobs and Qualifications

The automotive industry is HUGE! Automotive careers include engineering and design, manufacture and production, maintenance and repair and sales and marketing.

automotiveAs a major employer in this country, there are all sorts of job and careers available in the automotive industry for anyone with the right skills and qualifications. You could design Formula 1 cars, or work in a garage, fixing engines and bodywork. You could do sales in a luxury car showroom or race go-karts competitively. Even if cars aren’t  your big passion, the automotive industry has loads of exciting jobs on offer.

Why not consider a career in design or product development within the automotive industry? It’s not just the external car body that needs to be designed to perfection. Every last detail – right down to the door handles and the fabric on the seats – needs to be designed from scratch!

A job as an engine designer requires specific qualifications in mechanical engineering and would suit someone with an analytical mind. If you’re a mathematical whizzkid, analysing crash test data could be the dream automotive industry job for you!

The automotive industry is made up of many different businesses and companies, large and small, national and international. There are car manufacturers, parts manufacturers, importers and exporters, as well as small garages and workshops and car valeting companies, all of which offer  exciting career opportunities for the right people with the right skills and qualifications.

Entry requirements for jobs in the automotive industry vary, depending on which kind of job you’d like to do. You could go to your local FE College to do a qualification in car maintenance and repair. You could do an automotive apprenticeship, try for an internship with a big car manufacturer. Alternatively, you could do a degree in mechanical engineering at university.

What does a diagnostic technician do?

diagnostic technician

A light vehicle diagnostic technician inspects, maintains and repairs cars, vans and small vehicles. Find out more about careers in this fascinating field of the automotive industry.  Job description and duties A diagnostic technician uses specialist tools to identify mechanical problems and will carry out the necessary adjustments and repairs according to the maker’s standards. They test a vehicle’s systems ... Read More »

Retail motor industry jobs and careers

There are loads of retail motor industry jobs and career roles on offer – not just the obvious ones which involve wearing oily overalls and being nifty with a spanner! Overview of retail motor industry jobs and careers Motor vehicles have changed our lives beyond all recognition. Twenty miles used to take a whole day but now it’s a normal ... Read More »

Car manufacturing: an interview with a Bentley Motors intern

Eddie Brown is an engineering intern at Bentley Motors and is on a one year placement as part of his degree course. Moving On asked him how he’s been getting on… Eddie works as part of the ergonomics team at Bentley Motors which involves testing products in relation to the human body. He talked to Moving On about this fascinating ... Read More »

Six of the best automotive jobs

automotive jobs

Looking for a career working in motoring or with cars. There are loads jobs in the automotive industry and we’ve narrowed down the list. Six of the best automotive jobs Working in a car dealership A car dealership is a business that sells new or used cars at retail level and which usually has a contract with a particular car ... Read More »

Car sales jobs, apprenticeships and training

Car Sales

Car sales are going up again in the UK so if you’re a bit of a petrol-head and think you have a flair for selling cars and vehicles, read on – a career in car and vehicle sales could be right up your street ! The automotive industry is plays a really important part in the UK economy, contributing over ... Read More »

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