Why choose a career in the Automotive Industry
Working in the automotive industry is a unique and challenging career that is open to anyone passionate, regardless of skill level. In the automotive industry, what matters most is a high standard of professionalism, a passion for learning, and enthusiasm.
Working in the automotive industry may conjure up images of being in a dealership with a career as a sales person or a mechanic. But there is more to it than that. There are several main departments in a dealership that must work together as a team:
- Management and Administration
Each department offers advancement opportunities and careers to fit your personality and passion. Jobs in the automotive industry can teach you new skills, allow you to work in a high-tech work environment with long-term job security, and provide you with competitive income and benefits.
The administration team is responsible for ensuring that the dealership runs efficiently by coordinating the activities of the other departments and ensuring that the accounting and compliance requirements of the dealership are completed accurately . It takes strong business minded individuals who like working with people in a fast-paced environment to work in Administration.
Roles in Administration are varied and include
- Vehicle Administrator
- Accounts Payable administrator
Entry level and experienced roles are typically available in administration and with formal training (which we can assist with) progression is available through the administration team.
The Sales Department
Those working the Sales Department help craft the dealership's image. While selling vehicles is a big part of this, it still takes an outgoing and professional person to make the sale. Not only should sales professionals have a passion for vehicles, but first and foremost they need to be able to comprehend the needs of the customer. The images of the 1970’s car salesman are very far from the truth, this is very much a reputable profession. We look for sales consultants from outside the industry with a variety of backgrounds including trades, university, other industries.
Roles in sales include:
- BDC Consultant ( Internet and phone based role)
- Vehicle Sales Cadet
- Vehicle Sales Consultant
- Finance and Insurance Salesperson
The Service Department
Even with good management and a strong sales team, a dealership is nothing without a Service Department. Service professionals are crucial to a dealership's success, helping to ensure that customer keeps coming back to the dealership for maintenance and repairs. It is both a challenging and rewarding job that requires extensive training. Today, service technicians must be trained in car mechanics, as well as electronics and computers. In today’s fast paced automotive world, certified technicians must continue to maintain their skills and stay on top of changes in the industry. Through our association with MITO we offer an apprentice program which includes a tool loan and full on site training for apprentices over a 3-4 year period to become qualified Automotive technicians. For qualified technicians we are able to offer factory training through to master technician status.
Roles in Service include:
- Qualified Technicians
- Workshop Controller
The Parts Department
Working hand in hand with the Service Department are those in the Parts Department. Professionals who work in the parts department order, inventory, and distribute parts to technicians and the public. Jobs in this department are as much about ordering as they are about dealing with the needs of the public. We offer an apprentice program through MITO for parts interpreters.
- Apprentice Parts Interpreter
- Parts Interpreter
- Delivery Driver
- Parts Manager
Every department offers a different experience and requires a different set of skills. But without each other, the dealership would fail. Each department works with the others to ensure the success of the dealership. Someone wishing to work in the industry is not just limited to one department. With so many chances to do such varied work, the automotive industry offers plenty of opportunities for professional growth. Apply today.