Most modern cars now depend on intricate electronic systems to control everything from engine timing and fuel intake to the simple act of starting the vehicle. Specialized car mechanics called "automotive electricians" are those who diagnose and repair problems related to automotive electrical systems.
These technicians use a variety of computerized equipment and analyses to troubleshoot electrical problems and repair affected areas of vehicles, which are usually referred to them by either a general repair technician or service manager. The electrician then puts vehicles through various electronic diagnostic tests to identify the problems. While these issues occasionally present themselves right away, electricians will sometimes have to examine data collections, especially for problems with emissions or interior drive trains.
Because most modern automobile electrical and computer systems are built in small components, these electricians may isolate the exact parts which have failed and replace them. In issues regarding wiring or timing, they may have more leeway and be able to create more intricate repairs beyond component replacement.
Automotive electricians may also perform aftermarket modifications and alterations to vehicles, which include installing alarms and security systems, custom stereo wiring, and even some GPS installation. They may also involve ensuring proper connection and safe power-flow for any added electrically-operated components for a vehicle.
Most automotive electricians choose to specialize in this area early in their careers. Candidates should have some kind of post-secondary school technical training or education, as well as experience as a mechanic or assistant to an experienced electrician. Most employers prefer candidates who have industry-accepted certifications in automobile electrical work. Automotive electricians typically work in auto-shop environments during regular daytime hours.
Automotive Electrician Tasks
Evaluate and repair electrical issues.
Test and calibrate components and systems.
Install electrical components, wiring and systems.
Keep accurate records.