Today’s rapidly growing automotive industry encompasses over 40 different career pathways, covering everything from working with internal combustion engines, paint and panel repairs, and selling cars and motorcycles, to the electrification and automation of vehicles, which is bringing about a vast range of opportunities for young people looking to drive positive change in the industry.

With many sectors experiencing real demand for employees due to growth in the trade, the automotive industry can offer job security and prosperous career development, and there has never been a more exciting time for the next generation to take their first steps along the automotive career pathway. There really is something for everyone!

MTA Queensland’s Transit Lane School to Work Project aims to provide students (and their support networks) with the information, support, and skills necessary to prepare them for a fulfilling career in the automotive industry.

Whether you are looking get started in a School Based Apprenticeship or Traineeship, want to get a hands-on taste of the careers available in the automotive industry, or just want more information on careers in automotive, we have you covered!

Some of the current career pathways within the automotive industry include:

  • Automotive Technician (Mechanic)
  • Automotive Air Conditioning Technician
  • Electric Vehicle Technician
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Technician
  • Bicycle Technician
  • MotorSport Technician
  • Automotive Tyre Technician
  • Automotive Electrical Technician
  • Automotive Underbody Technician
  • Motorcycle Technician
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Heavy Vehicle Mechanic (Trucks)
  • Mobile Plant Mechanic (Tractors)
  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Engine Reconditioner
  • Trailer Technician
  • Vehicle Trimmer
  • Vehicle Glazer
  • Marine Mechanic
  • Vehicle Loss Assessor
  • Alternate Fuel Technician (LPG, LNG)
  • Driveline Technician
  • Automotive Brake Specialist
  • Automotive Cooling Technicians
  • Automotive Sales
  • Automotive Part Recycler
  • Vehicle Body Collision Repair
  • Vehicle Refinishing
  • Service Station Attendant
  • Automotive Parts Interpreters
  • Vehicle Detailer
  • Diesel Fuel Specialist
  • Automotive Dealers

There are also significant career opportunities arising from new technologies and innovation including:

  • Advanced manufacturing and 3d printing for parts
  • Advanced driver assisted systems and sensor technology
  • Autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles
  • New fuels, particularly hydrogen
  • Infrastructure for new fuels
  • Connecting vehicles and infrastructure
  • Waste management and recycling for automotive parts, particularly tyres, body and parts
  • Mobility solutions and last-mile transportation


 MTA Queensland is the peak industry body representing the interests of employers in the retail, service, and repair sectors of Queensland’s automotive industry. Through advocacy and consultation, MTA Queensland works closely with employers, governments both state and federal, and other decision-makers, to shape policy development and ensure positive outcomes for the industry. 

With a state-wide membership base of automotive businesses big and small, we have the reach and the networks to connect students with employers across Queensland who are open to work experience, apprenticeship and traineeship, and employment opportunities.