Job type

Car manufacturing worker

£15k - £25k

Typical salary

40 – 42

Hours per week

Car manufacturing workers build motor vehicles by assembling parts on a production line.

More info

  • Requires team working skills, close attention to detail, good time management, and flexibility for shift work
  • Work in a car manufacturing plant, assembling cars or other vehicles
  • With experience and further training, become a team supervisor, quality control technician or workshop section leader

As a car manufacturing worker, your duties will depend on which part of the production line you work on.


  • Taking delivery of parts from suppliers
  • Operating presses that shape metal sheets and components
  • Fixing the engine and frame to the vehicle chassis
  • Assembling other parts using robotic welders and hand tools
  • Controlling paint spraying machinery
  • Fitting interiors, wiring, lights, dashboards and windscreens
  • Moving finished vehicles to storage areas ready for shipping
  • You'll also carry out quality checks for faults at each stage of production, using digital readouts and manual inspections


You'll usually work 40 hours on a shift pattern. This could include weekends and nights. Overtime is often available.

You'll need

To become a car manufacturing worker there are no set requirements.

You could apply directly for a job as a car manufacturing worker. You may find it useful if you have experience in production manufacturing, tyre or exhaust fitting, or vehicle maintenance.

Employers may ask for 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), including English and maths. Some car manufacturing companies take on trainees, so you can learn the skills you need on the job.

You could do a college course, which would teach you some of the skills and knowledge you need in this job. Relevant subjects include a Level 2 Diploma in Manufacturing Technology or a Level 3 in Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.

You could also get into this job through an automotive engineering manufacture advanced apprenticeship.


With experience and further training, you could become a team supervisor, quality control technician or workshop section leader. You could also train to work as a maintenance engineer, servicing and repairing the production line machinery.