So you want a job as an auto electrician in the mining industry here in Australia.
The auto electrician job description can also be described as an automotive electrician, automotive electrical fitter, and also automotive electrical mechanic.
There are so many different jobs and careers out there that are involved in and around the mines and mining community, lots of jobs for inexperienced workers and also jobs that are for workers who have a lot more experience too with a degree and/or with a trade behind them.
Sometimes there are jobs available that are for the person that just has the life work experience in that particular job role or in a certain field of expertise.
I thought I’d write about them here as I was an electrician in my earlier working life and have an interest in most other trades as well as I worked with and around them on many job sites over the years.
Most of my friends I grew up with in New Zealand have different trades and jobs too.
We were mainly in and around the paper mill industry (That’s right we were paper makers) and now they and I work in different places all over the world with quite a few still settled in here in Australia.
Here I’ll try and let you know, what an auto electrician basically does, what you might do to get a job as an auto electrician and how to get started in this job if you want to.
What does an Auto Electrician do?
An automotive electrician overall carries out many different roles, they can install, maintain, identify faults and repair electrical wiring and computer based equipment in motor vehicles and other related equipment.
This equipment can include earthmoving equipment, caravans, trailers, mining equipment, many different marine applications and also agricultural equipment.
Some of the jobs you may be required to perform as an Auto Electrician are;
- Service, identify and also repair faults on many different electronically controlled vehicle systems
- Working on electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition, anti-lock braking, cruise control, automatic transmission, airbags and air conditioning systems
- Solder or welding when repairing electrical parts
- Work with computer controlled engine management systems
- Install electrically operated accessories such as radios, heating or demisting equipment, air conditioners, driving lamps and also anti theft systems
- Use and read circuit diagrams, and use meters and test instruments to find electrical faults
- Adjusting engine control systems and timing to ensure vehicles are running at optimal performance
- Test, recondition and replace faulty alternators, generators, starter motors and other similar items
- Install electrical equipment such as gauges, lighting, alternators and starter motors
- Repair or replacing faulty ignition, electrical wiring, fuses, lamps and switches
- Use hand tools, specialised electrical tools, instruments and machines, including drills, grinders, presses and lathes
- Install, repair and service air conditioning systems in different vehicles and machinery
As you can see, the role of an auto electrician is wide and varied job role as many jobs are in and around mining.
The automotive electrical role requires many different skills and experience across many different types of equipment and materials.
What skills and experience you may need to get an Auto Electrician job in the mines?
- Experience in a similar industry or job role
- Have good organisational skills
- Enjoy practical and manual work
- Good eyesight and also normal colour vision
- Be physically fit to carry steel, safety conscious
- Work in remote areas with dust, noise and heat
- Be systematic and thorough
- Be able to do shift work
- Good hand and eye co-ordination
- Show a good level of mechanical aptitude
- Able to work under pressure
- The ability to use time effectively to also to complete tasks
- Ability to work unsupervised and be self motivated
- Team player
- Appropriate safety course qualifications
- Existing skills, experience or other qualifications in the job
- Completed the traineeship or pathway for the job
Summary and where to look for Auto Electrician jobs in Mining :
So there you have it, a brief insight into what it takes to be an auto electrician or automotive electrician here in Australia and more than likely it is the same job role around the world too.
If you are looking for work or looking at starting a career in this job you can look on most Australian Job websites, there are many to choose from at the moment and also in all the other associated mining industries too.
If you just type in “Auto Electrician jobs in mines Australia” or “Automotive Electrical jobs in mines Australia” into your search engine there should be many different choices that come up.
If you are thinking about or just about to start your career and want to get out and work in the mining industry, you have to start somehow, so go and get yourself pre qualified and do the inductions for employment, pre vocational or pre apprenticeship training courses as required by your career choice and your ready to go.
Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions of people who have already done this type of work or are currently doing this type of job also.
Whether you have your qualifications or not, you can try calling on the companies that hire in these job roles and also the mining companies and ask if they have positions or the best place to start as you are looking to begin your career.
I remember ringing for jobs when I was starting out in the work force, this was well before I started my trade certification and also after finishing too.
By ringing the companies it shows a bit more get up and go on your behalf and that is a great tool in the current competitive job market.
You never know what is ahead unless you get amongst it, so make those phone calls and start your career as an auto electrician.
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