Car manufacturing worker Car maker, assembly line worker, motor vehicle assembler
Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.
1. Entry requirementsYou may find it useful to have previous experience in production manufacturing, although many car makers offer in-house training.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship with a car manufacturer. Employers usually ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths.
2. Skills required
- teamworking skills
- close attention to detail
- good time management
- flexibility for shift work
3. What you'll do
Your duties will depend on which part of the production line you work on. You could be:
- taking delivery of parts from suppliers
- operating presses that shape metal sheets and components
- fixing the engine and frame to the vehicle chassis
- assembling other parts using robotic welders and hand tools
- controlling paint spraying machinery
- fitting interiors, wiring, lights, dashboards and windscreens
- moving finished vehicles to storage areas ready for shipping
Starter: £11,500 to £15,500 (while training)
Experienced: £16,000 to £22,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 40 hours on a shift pattern. This could include weekends and nights.
Overtime is often available.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience and further training, you could become a team supervisor, quality control technician or workshop section leader.
You could also train to work as a maintenance engineer, servicing and repairing the production line machinery.
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Last updated: 18 August 2017