Auto Industry Jobs That Will Be Lost To Automation

Author Adidas Wilson
3 min readNov 2, 2020

Auto manufacturers have realized that automation will be cost-efficient than human labor in producing automobiles. Robotic technology means no paying wages and accompanying costs like sick leave, health insurance, and taxes. Billions of dollars will be saved, and this is a proposition that many companies cannot decline.

At the moment, robotic machines are already in place to manufacture parts and assemble vehicles. Some of the most recent technology in the manufacturing sector is computer-driven software which operates from blueprints that are pre-programmed. There is still a demand for machine operators, but the jobs are not the same.

Below are some of the jobs that are likely to die when automation takes effect entirely.

1. Production Line Workers

The Toyota Company gives a clear insight of how automation will take jobs from humans. Companies are adapting robots to produce crankshafts, axles, and auto chassis parts. These robotic assembly lines are reducing the demand for workers significantly.

Quality of work done by robots is far much better than that done by humans (fewer defects and less waste). It will only take a short time for robotics to be perfected and fewer workers will be needed.

2. Assemblers/Fabricators

This job involves putting parts together to create sub-components of vehicles on an assembly line in a manufacturing plant. Very soon, automated machines will take over these jobs. With minimal training, these entry level jobs pay around $21 per hour.

3. Welders, Solderers, and Brazers

Automation makes it possible for robots to perform most of these welding tasks. Brazing, soldering, and welding jobs are becoming less each day as technology advances in the industry. New job descriptions are going to emerge, and they will require additional knowledge of the machine being used in the automated process.

4. Machinist

CNC machinery is now able to create any part, flawlessly and in bulk with the pieces being identical. With this kind of technology, metal fabricators will barely have work to do.

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Author Adidas Wilson

Adidas Wilson was born in Chicago, surviving a near death experience driving off a bridge in an 18 wheeler and getting hit by a train. Author and Motivator