Automotive Controllers maintain, inspect and repair the machinery that produces car parts. They may operate the machinery and train others to do so as well. Their job duties include supervising staff, training employees, using computerized diagnostic equipment to troubleshoot malfunctions, testing and inspecting parts, making reports, following checklists to ensure procedures and rules are followed, disassembling and reassembling machinery, testing machinery to make sure it's functioning correctly, and explaining mechanical and technological problems to Automotive Engineers and Designers. Automotive Controllers typically work in a factory setting with their time split between the factory floor and administrative offices.
Automotive Controller Education Requirements
Employers will generally hire individuals who have a high school diploma or equivalent. To become a supervisor in this line of work, a college degree such as an associate's degree or bachelor's degree involving studies in automotive design, repair or engineering is helpful. No work experience is required to be an Automotive Controller, although those with hands-on experience working as a Mechanic or Production Line Worker may advance to this type of position. Automotive Controllers typically participate in long-term on-the-job training that includes safety procedures, OSHA standards, use of specialized machinery, use of tools, use of diagnostic equipment and maintenance of computerized records. They may participate in ongoing training and education related to automotive and computer technology.
Studies show that Automotive Controllers can expect a median annual salary of $58,150 per year. The lowest-earning 10 percent of individuals in this line of work make around $15.72 per hour, and the highest 10 percent earn around $43.42 per hour.