China industry spotlight: Automotive
We all love to drive cars and appreciate the freedom they give us to get to places quickly. However, few people possess the skills needed to repair a car and keep it in tiptop shape. As an automotive technician, you are a car doctor. You know exactly what will make the car get better (unless the car is nearing the end of its life and then you’ll have to tell its owner the sad news). However, most technicians are able to fix just about any car problem making them an essential resource to pretty much everyone who owns a car.
The automotive industry has been using more and more computerized diagnostic systems to quickly determine what problem the vehicle is having. This requires the technician to be able to adapt to new technology. This skill is also important as the industry experiments more and more with alternate fuel and electric vehicles.
China has a tremendous need for qualified technicians. China expects 200 million vehicles to be on the road in 2020. Currently the majority of these cars are imported, but Chinese car companies are working very hard to improve their domestic skills, reputation and car quality. They need experts from around the globe to contribute their knowledge in how to improve quality but keep costs down so the average Chinese person can afford to buy a car. The average car buyer could also use assistance as they might be the first person in their family to buy a vehicle. Remember just a few years ago, the most popular mode of Chinese transportation was a bicycle!
Gi2C Group can help you find an automotive technician internship and learn more about China’s unique culture along the way with an internship in Beijing or an internship in Shanghai. Internships are the perfect opportunity to test different industries and company environments to learn about what type of career best suits you.
- Test parts and systems for problems
- Locate mechanical issues
- Do various basic maintenance tasks
- Repair and replace parts as needed
- Explain what the problems are and offer solutions
- Track new technology in the industry and offer suggestions
- Manage customer databases and client care
Experience and qualifications
Preferably a graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering or automotive service technology. Some important skills to possess are in customer service, attention to detail, mechanical, technical and problem solving.