Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters fit and replace parts and accessories on motor vehicles.

A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job. Around one in three workers have a Certificate III/IV.

Tasks

  • removing old and damaged parts and cleaning surrounding areas on vehicles
  • fitting batteries and installing accessories such as sun roofs, stereos and alarms
  • removing damaged glass, trimming strips and rubber seals from window frames and mountings on motor vehicles, positioning new windscreens and glass windows on frames and attaching and sealing them
  • inspecting, removing and repairing muffler mountings, and fitting new mufflers, extractors and exhaust pipes
  • removing radiators from vehicles and cleaning and repairing them
  • installing new or repaired radiators into vehicles and repairing and replacing other units in the cooling system such as thermostats, head gaskets and water pumps
  • inspecting tyres to determine which repair action to implement and repairing punctures in tubes and tubeless tyres
  • operating air driven equipment to remove and refit tyres and tubes on vehicles
  • balancing wheels and tyres using static and electronic equipment

Job Titles

  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)
  • Autoglazier, or Windscreen Fitter
  • Exhaust and Muffler Repairer or Fitter
  • Radiator Repairer or Fitter
  • Tyre Fitter
  • Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter (General)

    Fits and replaces parts and accessories on motor vehicles.

  • Autoglazier, or Windscreen Fitter

    Repairs and replaces windscreens and side and rear glass in motor vehicles.

    Specialisations: Vehicle Window Tinter

  • Exhaust and Muffler Repairer or Fitter

    Repairs and replaces defective exhaust and muffler systems in motor vehicles.

  • Radiator Repairer or Fitter

    Repairs and replaces radiators and cooling systems in motor vehicles.

  • Tyre Fitter

    Fits, repairs and replaces tyres on motor vehicles.

Fast Facts

  • Avg. Weekly Pay

    $881 Before Tax
  • Future Growth

    decline
  • Skill Level

    Certificate II or III
  • Employment Size

    13000
  • Unemployment

    below average
  • Male Share

    96.3%
  • Female Share

    3.7%
  • Full-Time Share

    89.8%

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This is a medium sized occupation employing 13,000 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen.
A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 5,001 and 10,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

  • While there are jobs in many parts of Australia, Queensland has a large share of Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters.
  • They mainly work in: Retail Trade; Other Services; and Manufacturing.
  • Full-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 38.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
  • Average earnings for full-time workers are around $881 per week (lower than the all jobs average of $1,230). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • The workforce is fairly young. The average age is 33 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years). Around 2 in 10 workers are young (aged 15 to 25 years).
  • More than 9 in 10 workers are male.
  • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
YearNumber of Workers
200512100
200613300
200711400
200811500
20099200
201017100
201115800
201215900
201314000
201412600
201513000
202010100

Weekly Earnings

Full-time Earnings

All Jobs Average

Weekly Earnings (before tax)

Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report. Median earnings are before tax and do not include superannuation. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings8811230

Hours

Weekly Hours Worked

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs Average
Full-time89.868.4
Part-time10.231.6
Average Weekly Hours (full-time)38.140

Main Industries

Top Industries

Main Employing Industries (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Retail Trade42.1
Other Services32
Manufacturing12.2
Construction6.8
Other Industries6.9

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs Average
NSW23.731.8
VIC17.625.5
QLD37.719.8
SA8.76.8
WA6.711.2
TAS2.22
NT1.41.1
ACT2.11.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-198.5-5.45.4
20-2414.8-9.99.9
25-3438.3-23.423.4
35-4424.9-21.721.7
45-548.4-21.121.1
55-591.7-8.78.7
60-641.2-5.95.9
65 and Over2.2-3.83.8

Gender

Male Share

Female Share

Gender (% share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
CategoryMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersCategoryAll Jobs Average
Males96.3Males53.6
Females3.7Females46.4

Education Level

Top Education Levels

Highest Level of Education (% share)

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A Year 10 Certificate, Certificate I, or a short period of on-the-job training is sometimes needed, but is not necessary to work in this job.
Around one in three workers have a Certificate III/IV.

If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

Employers look for Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters who are reliable, can interact with others, and are well presented.

Knowledge

The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Mechanical

    80% Important

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  2. Customer and Personal Service

    72% Important

    Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  3. Administration and Management

    64% Important

    Planning and coordination of people and resources.

  4. Sales and Marketing

    60% Important

    Showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

  5. English Language

    59% Important

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Activities

The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

  1. Getting Information

    82% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  2. Operating Vehicles or Equipment

    82% Important

    Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.

  3. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

    79% Important

    Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

  4. Handling and Moving Objects

    79% Important

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

  5. Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

    78% Important

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

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