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The automotive industry offers a broad and diverse range of careers that provide local, national and international career paths for trainees, apprentices and personnel in automotive manufacturing, retail, repair and maintenance operations, achieved to the highest national automotive training standards.

Since the first motor vehicles were developed more than 100 years ago, the industry has been at the forefront of innovation and technological change. New super-lightweight body materials, battery electric vehicles and wireless electronic connectivity are just some of the technologies that will continue to shape the industry in coming years.

The car industry has a long and proud tradition of automotive traineeships, which has resulted in the development of a strong industry capability and large pool of highly trained personnel. Australia’s automotive manufacturing operations rate among some of the best in the world, with many highly qualified personnel in the industry travelling globally to extend their careers in this sector.

The automotive industry is global. Many contemporary vehicle types are produced in Australia and overseas using common body, electrical and mechanical technologies. This means that automotive qualifications gained in Australia can be applied both domestically and around the world. Australia has a strong reputation for producing high-quality tradespeople in automotive and other traditional trades, and this had led to great career paths for people in the industry both at home and overseas. As skills are developed and deepened around specific areas of the vehicle, so does the capacity for people to become specialists and leaders in their field.

Automotive continues to be a vibrant and dynamic area to start and build a career. Once basic skills have been developed in the industry there are multiple pathways to explore, including those in technology development, leadership management and business ownership.

The global automotive industry produces nearly 100 million cars each year. If you joined them bumper to bumper they would go around the globe at least five times. The industry is known for developing some of the world’s most innovative technologies and has produced outstanding tradespeople and higher-level technicians for many years. Looking ahead, we know the shape and form of vehicles of the future will be very different from that of today, using autonomous driving systems, independent satellite navigation and an increasing use of vehicle dynamic control systems.

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