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Automotive Manufacturing

Overview

The Automotive Manufacturing Industry covers two areas: Passenger Motor Vehicles; and Bus, Truck and Trailer. However, recent decisions by the three car manufacturers to cease their manufacturing operations in Australia by 2017 means we no longer make Passenger Motor Vehicles.

The closure of passenger vehicle manufacturing will also heavily impact on the future of vehicle component suppliers, with many suppliers currently attempting to diversify into other manufacturing activities.

The Bus, Truck and Trailers sector manufactures buses, trucks, bodies and trailers and specialised vehicles including fire engines, street sweepers and emergency service vehicles. Bus manufacturing includes bus bodies, bus chassis, fully built buses and bus components.

What does this industry cover?

  • Buses, trucks, bodies and trailers and specialised vehicles including fire engines, street sweepers and emergency service vehicles. It includes bus bodies, bus chassis, fully built buses and bus components.
  • Trucks - includes light, medium and heavy trucks.
  • Vehicle body and trailer includes bodies for use in buses, trucks, specialised vehicles, general and specialised freight trailers including flat-tops, container skels, dry freight and temperature-controlled freight equipment, livestock and dry and liquid tanker trailers.

Industry Information

The Passenger Motor Vehicle sector used to employ over 31,000 people – 5,000 with the three car manufacturers and 26,000 who worked for 1,256 component makers.

The Bus, Truck and Trailer sector employs some 14,500 plus workers across 928 small and 18 large manufacturers.

Traineeship and apprenticeship commencements in this industry are very low due to the closure of Passenger Motor Vehicle manufacturers.

Employment and wage data for this industry

Apprenticeships Employment Size

This is a small industry for Australian Apprenticeship commencements. In the year to September 2018, commencements were: 159

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Commencements Change

Commencements in the year to September 2018 in this industry have remained stable, compared with the previous year.

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 28/03/2019AATIS analysis.

Apprentice Employment Outcomes

For Australian Apprentice graduates from this industry, employment outcomes are high.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Size

This is a small to medium sized industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Employment Change

Over the past 5 years, change in employment in this industry has decreased.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

The average wage of all employees in this industry is medium.

Source: Department of Jobs and Small Business, 2018. AATIS analysis.

Key Occupations

Automotive Manufacturing Technician

Vehicle Body Builder

Sub Assembly Technician

Automotive Manufacturing Production Worker

This industry is positioned in the following groups

Industry

Automotive & Boating

Work Type

Practical & Manual

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Career Pathways

Automotive Manufacturing has career pathways from Certificate II through to Diploma. Look at the Job Pathway Chart to see what is of interest.

Job Pathway Chart

Practice Aptitude Quiz

This resource illustrates the maths and literacy needed to complete the entry level training in this sector.

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Inside a truck manufacturing factory

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Further Research

Information

Industry information is published by peak level associations, government and major employers.  Accessing industry association sites, including member lists, is a good way of building up an understanding of an industry.  Visiting employer websites and looking for careers or employment menus helps identify how employers recruit and the skills they are recruiting.

Use Google to search for the associations and organisations listed below.

Industry

  • Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia
  • Truck Industry Council

Government

  • Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

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