Life On The Job

Automotive Electrician - Andrew

Description of Job:

I repair vehicles that have usually broken down.


Auto ElectricianMy father was a mechanic.


Family help.


I hated school and rebelled.


I was trained through the CIT (Canberra Institute of Technology) for my trade. My training took three years at CIT part time.

I found my trade training different to my school years because I was doing something that I enjoyed and was interested in rather than something I had to do.


Having a trade always helps in employment and therefore income. I can't remember my first pay.

I do think about retirement and am trying to prepare.

I repair vehicles that have usually broken down, so people usually notice and appreciate it.


I am given no productivity incentives and no on the job training is provided at present.



Counting up the cost!

PrimaryPrimary & MiddleMiddle

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

1. Andrew went to Canberra's TAFE - the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) to study to become an Automotive Electrician.


2. Here is his course and the information about it! Look at the website.

3. Start listing the Units and the Cost in a table similar to the one below:

Name of Subject Cost
AUTM515 - Apply safe working practices in an automotive workplace $38.00
AUTM311 - Carry out soldering of electrical wiring and circuits $38.00
Next Unit.....  
Next Unit.....  
Total Cost =  

4. Once you have put all 32 Units into the table add up the cost!

5. Which Unit would you most like to study? Why? Why not?

6. Which Unit sounds the most interesting? How much does it cost compared to the highest and lowest costing unit?

7. Are there any words in the description of the subjects (only scan them - don't read them all!) that you don't understand?

List these quickly scanned words - what do you think they mean? Look up the dictionary to confirm or give you the correct meaning

Oxford dictionaries



The Science within Automotive Electrician's job

High SchoolSecondary

Australian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Critical & Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical & Creative Thinking

1. Look at this Subject that Andrew undertook at CIT:

Subject Name: AUTM531 - Demonstrate knowledge of automotive electrical circuits and wiring systems
Nat/State ID: AURETR2007
Cost: $38.00

Description: This unit describes the performance outcomes required to demonstrate knowledge of electrical principles that enable structured testing of basic circuits in electrical systems, components and technologies found in motor vehicles. The unit involves applying Ohm's, Watts and Kirchhoff's laws to enable basic structured problem solving to locate a range of common faults in vehicle electrical circuits and wiring systems. No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication.

Prerequisites: Nil

2. Find a description about each of the three laws: Ohm's, Watts and Kirchhoff's Laws on the Internet.

3. Find an image about each of the three laws that helps you understand each law.

4. List 5 websites that tell you what one Law is about that you understand. Do it for the other 2 Laws.

5. Rewrite the Law that you have researched in each of the five websites into language that a student in Year 7 can understand.

6. Put the images and your rewritten information about each of the 3 Laws onto a Poster along with the reference websites:

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