Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers manufacture and repair prototype production units and purpose-built vehicle bodies, and install, repair and replace the interior trim of vehicles.

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in relevant vehicle body building and trimming courses is needed to work as a Vehicle Body Builder or Trimmer.

    Tasks

    • constructing framework sections in metal, wood, fibreglass and other materials using shaping machines and cutting and welding equipment
    • bolting, screwing, riveting and welding sections together to form complete frameworks
    • cutting and shaping panels of sheetmetal, aluminium and reinforced plastic and attaching to frameworks using hand and power tools
    • modifying assembly line vehicles to special requirements
    • preparing new vehicle trim work according to drawings and sketches, and removing old coverings and fittings from vehicles and taking new measurements
    • selecting and cutting pieces of fabric, vinyl and leather and sewing pieces together using heavy-duty sewing machines
    • installing internal trim in vehicles such as lining, floor coverings and armrests
    • attaching door trims, rubber seals, locks and handles

    More about Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

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    All Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

    • $1,153 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 4,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 42 years Average age
    • 3% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 4,000 in 2018 to 4,000 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 2,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 400 a year).

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Many Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers work in Queensland.
    • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,153 per week (below the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (89%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 42 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 3% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20085200
    20095300
    20106800
    20115300
    20123900
    20136100
    20146400
    20155800
    20165900
    20176400
    20184000
    20234000

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. 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.
    EarningsVehicle Body Builders and TrimmersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings11531460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Manufacturing44.5
    Other Services38.6
    Transport, Postal and Warehousing5.7
    Retail Trade3.6
    Other Industries7.6

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateVehicle Body Builders and TrimmersAll Jobs Average
    NSW26.431.6
    VIC29.625.6
    QLD25.820.0
    SA5.67.0
    WA10.910.8
    TAS1.02.0
    NT0.31.0
    ACT0.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketVehicle Body Builders and TrimmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-193.4-5.05.0
    20-249.4-9.39.3
    25-3421.0-22.922.9
    35-4421.5-22.022.0
    45-5424.0-21.621.6
    55-5910.7-9.09.0
    60-647.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationVehicle Body Builders and TrimmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.4-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.1-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV62.4-21.121.1
    Year 1210.5-18.118.1
    Year 115.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below17.4-12.512.5

    Either extensive experience or a certificate III in relevant vehicle body building and trimming courses is needed to work as a Vehicle Body Builder or Trimmer.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • licence to undertake vehicle repair work from your relevant state or territory authority

    Thinking about study or training?

    Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

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    Employers look for Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

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    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      62% Skill level

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

    2. Chemistry

      49% Skill level

      Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

    3. English language

      42% Skill level

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

    4. Production and processing

      42% Skill level

      Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

    5. Computers and electronics

      40% Skill level

      Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

      96% Important

      Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

    2. Being exact or accurate

      94% Important

      Be very exact or highly accurate.

    3. Spend time standing

      91% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

    4. Exposure to contaminants

      90% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      84% Important

      Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

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