Automotive Manufacturing

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Are you good at following detailed directions?
Do you enjoy making things using tools?
Do you like being part of a team?
Are you fascinated by the way things work?



What it takes:

  • Being organized and on-time.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Technical aptitude.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment


Look around you...

Automotive Manufacturing is a large part of Alabama industry. This industry employs highly-skilled workers in manufacturing environments that build cars, trucks, and SUVs and components for cars, trucks and SUVs.

After successfully completing high school, some students begin earning money right away through on- the-job training in entry-level positions such as Production Operators and Material Handlers. Others gain postsecondary training and education at technical or community colleges to work as Mechanical Drafters, Industrial Maintenance Technicians and Robotics Technicians. Bachelor’s degrees or advanced degrees are required for some management positions, engineering disciplines and some Quality Control positions.



Career Spotlight

Quality Technician

Consumers demand perfection in the vehicles they purchase and Automotive Manufactures rely on the Quality Technician to ensure their products are made without any defects. Quality Technicians measure dimensions of components/ products to verify conformance to specifications, using measuring equipment such as calipers, micrometers, profile meters, video microscopes and hardness testers. Quality Technicians must use problem solving skills to determine the root cause of a quality issue and then write formal reports. Work is recorded using computer programs and databases, and Quality Technicians must be able to use these programs. This is a technical job that requires math, computer and writing skills.

A high school diploma is sufficient to enter directly into entry level positions. Most companies provide on-the-job training, but postsecondary education is beneficial and may be required to be promoted to managerial positions. Industry certifications may be required.

Careers in Automotive Manufacturing

  • Assembly Worker
  • Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Programmer
  • Controller
  • Customer Service Coordinator
  • Engineer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Industrial Maintenance Technician
  • Installer
  • Logistics Material Handler
  • Machine Operator
  • Maintenance Technician
  • Mechanic
  • Mechanical Drafter
  • Mold Setter
  • Painter
  • Parts Buyer
  • Plant Manager
  • Plastics Tooling Worker
  • Press Operator
  • Process Engineer
  • Production Control
  • Production Engineer
  • Production Manager
  • Production Worker
  • Project Engineer
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Quality Technician
  • Research & Design Engineer
  • Robotic Controlled Welder
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Robotics Technician
  • Safety Inspector
  • Shipping & Receiving Clerk
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Test Driver
  • Tool & Die Maker
  • Tool Room Clerk

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For more information:

Janet Ormond
Chair, Central AlabamaWorks
Industry Training Center
1701 Lafayette Parkway
Opelika, Alabama 36801
334.745.6437 ext. 5521
jormond@centralalabamaworks.com