Careers

Computer-Control Programmer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Program computer-controlled machines or robots to automatically manufacture car parts of different dimensions
Alternate Title(s): Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmer; CNC Programmer
Salary Range: $12.01 to $27.60 per hour
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Excellent Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country, but jobs are most plentiful in areas where automotive manufacturing is concentrated, such as Michigan
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Computer-Control Operator

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Use computer-controlled machines or robots that can be programmed to automatically manufacture car parts of different dimensions
Alternate Title(s): CNC Operator; Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operator; Numerical Tool and Process Control Programmer
Salary Range: $9.23 to $21.35 per hour
Employment Prospects: Excellent Advancement Prospects: Excellent
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country, but jobs are most plentiful in areas where automotive manufacturing is concentrated

Tool and Die Maker

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Produce tools, dies, and special guiding and holding devices used in machines
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $13.19 to $30.83 per hour
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country, but jobs are most plentiful in areas where automotive manufacturing is concentrated
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Machinist

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Produce precision metal parts that meet precise specifications
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $9.78 to $23.36 per hour
Employment Prospects: Good Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): Most jobs in the automotive field are located in Michigan, although automotive plants in other parts of the country also hire machinists
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—Apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training, and courses in high schools, vocational schools, or community or technical colleges

Welder

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Although robots perform most of the welding, soldering, and brazing, workers still are needed for some welding and for maintenance and repair duties
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $9.53 to $22.06 per hour
Employment Prospects: Excellent
Advancement Prospects: Excellent
Best Geographical Location(s): Most jobs in the automotive field are located in Michigan, although automotive plants in other parts of the country also hire welders
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Assembler

CAREER PROFILE CAREER LADDER
Duties: Put together various parts to form subassemblies, and then put the subassemblies together to build a complete motor vehicle
Alternate Title(s): None
Salary Range: $9.41 to $21.07 per hour
Employment Prospects: Fair Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): Most jobs in the automotive field are located in Michigan, although automotive plants in other parts of the country also hire assemblers
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Industrial Production Manager

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Oversee production staff and equipment, ensure that production goals and quality standards are being met, and implement company policies
Alternate Title(s): Director of Production
Salary Range: $41,270 to $120,080
Employment Prospects: Fair Advancement Prospects: Fair
Best Geographical Location(s): All parts of the country, but jobs are most plentiful in areas where automotive manufacturing is concentrated
Prerequisites:
Education or Training—A college degree is required

Industrial Engineer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Design automotive plant layout, including the arrangement of assembly line stations, material-moving equipment, work standards, and other production matters
Alternate Title(s): Quality Engineer Salary Range: $40,760 to $91,090
Employment Prospects: Good Advancement Prospects: Good
Best Geographical Location(s): Most jobs in the automotive field are located in Michigan, although automotive plants in other parts of the country also hire Industrial Engineers
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Electrical Engineer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Design automotive electrical systems, including the ignition system and accessories and industrial robot control systems used to assemble the vehicle
Alternate Title(s): Electronics Engineer; Automotive Electrical Engineer; Automotive Electronics Engineer
Salary Range: $46,210 to $104,500+
Employment Prospects: Good Advancement Prospects: Excellent

Automotive Designer

CAREER PROFILE
Duties: Use artistic talent, computers, and information on product use, marketing, materials, and production methods to create designs that will make a car competitive in the marketplace Alternate
Title(s): Industrial Designer
Salary Range: $25,350 to $105,280+
Employment Prospects: Good
Advancement Prospects: Excellent
Best Geographical Location(s): Nearly one-third of all automotive designer jobs are located in Michigan
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