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What is a typical day like in Automotive?

I am begging in jobcorps looking to get a carrer in automotive. I am age 24 current living in el paso job career job-search

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Steven’s Answer

This is somewhat of a broad question. What position are you looking to fill (e.g. production worker, production supervisor, skilled trades, facilities, finance, research and development, logistics, HR, quality, etc.)? There are numerous roles in every facility. Another variable to consider is the type of facility you plan to work in. Assembly, stamping, power train, components machining, corporate, and warehousing all have different work elements, processes, hazards, pros, and cons. Knowing which role you are interested in and type of manufacturing facility is important to answer this question.

In general, manufacturing can have repetitive, monotonous tasks which are tied to cycle times and a desired production output number. There is possibility of exposure to noise, lifting, walking, pushing, pulling, use of rotating tools, sharp objects, flying debris, chemicals, and poor air quality to name a few.

Pay is often good but work can be cyclical in that sales can dip causing a decrease in demand. Also, product can be discontinued leading to plant closures.
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Karla’s Answer

Steven already provided very detailed insight you may need to consider. Again, it all depends on what you want to do. Manufacturing, in my experience, is fast-paced, although fun. It just depends on your personality and traits, I've known people that have been in manufacturing for years and would never change it. If it helps, in automotive industry, there are several steps to take before you get a final product, in a broad sense, everything starts in business pursuit, addressing the customer needs, there are several positions in automotive such as sales, business development, etc. Then, once business is awarded, you have a production team that works on planning and design, these positions may range from project manager, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, software engineer, and such. A typical day is different for everyone involved. If you are in the design/production side of things, you may likely have a 8-5 desk job, attending meetings and discussions revolving around the design at hand making sure you are meeting the program milestones (of course a few more hours here and there if you are a salaried employee).

I hope this gives you a better idea and hopefully allows you to better decide what type of job you are looking for.
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Bob’s Answer

Hi Noe,

I agree with Karla and Steven. I spent a few years in automotive at a Chevy plant. While I was in an engineering role, I interacted with workers on the shop floor and in maintenance. There are a lot of options and job types in automotive. Review the job postings around where you live to see what jobs are of interest, and if you have the qualifications to apply. If you are not currently qualified, look into the training required and assess if it is something that you can do outside of work hours while you work in a different role either in automotive or in another field.

Hope this helps,

Bob
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