Car maker, assembly line worker, motor vehicle assembler
Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.
Salary range: £11,500 to £22,000
How to become a car manufacturing worker
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include a Level 3 Diploma in Automotive Engineering.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
You could do a lean manufacturing operative intermediate apprenticeship, or an automotive engineering manufacture advanced apprenticeship.
You may also be able to do an advanced apprenticeship in vehicle upholstery with certain luxury car manufacturers.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
Some car manufacturing companies take on trainees, so you can learn the skills you need on the job.
You could apply directly for a job as a car manufacturing worker. You may find it useful if you have experience in production manufacturing, tyre or exhaust fitting, or vehicle maintenance.
Employers may ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. Many car makers offer in-house training.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with others
- knowledge of manufacturing production and processes
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- the ability to work well with your hands
- the ability to analyse quality or performance
- concentration skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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
- carrying out quality checks at each stage of production, using digital readouts and manual inspections
You could work at a car manufacturing plant.
Career path and progression
With 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.