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Your prospects in a transport career
The transport industry is reducing its environmental impact by switching to low emission vehicles, electric railways and both battery and hydrogen powered trains.
To help it build a greener infrastructure, roads, railways, domestic aviation, shipping and aircraft support vehicles all require people with a variety of new skills.
Cars, taxis and public transport
The switch to Zero & Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) for taxis, public transport and household cars means we’ll need more people to offer maintenance and breakdown services. This includes charging points for electric vehicles.
Using more hydrogen and electrically powered technologies will also create new servicing job opportunities. However, with only 31% of maintenance technicians currently skilled to service electric or hybrid vehicles, there is significant demand for skilled workers in this area.
Flights and ferries
Similarly, flights, ferries and other shipping modals will be decarbonised in Scotland by 2040. To achieve this, the transport industry needs people to assist in the development of renewable fuel and the maintenance of other new ULEV.
As the transport industry works to increase the use of electrical lines and new technologies, it will require a stable stream of engineering and motor professionals.
Professional roles will require you to build on your skillsets at either college or university. Scotland’s colleges and universities offer a range of transport and automotive related courses.
- Road Vehicle Engineering
- Vehicle Maintenance/Repair/Servicing
- Motor Trade Operations
- electrical engineering
- power control
- rail electrification
- controlling systems
Brand new opportunities
- hybrid technology engineers
- sensor engineers
- battery technicians
- quality control inspectors
- environmental consultants
- carbon assessors
- environmental lawyers
- air quality technicians
Transport can play a huge role as Scotland creates a circular economy.
Re-manufacturing engines and re-treading tyres are 2 major changes the industry can make. Reusing an engine uses up to 85% less carbon than making a new one and can even increase a vehicle’s performance.
Electric vehicles can be made lighter, meaning less materials are used to build them. This new way of building vehicles will reduce 89 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
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