Vehicle Body Builders manufacture and repair prototype production units and purpose-built vehicle bodies such as buses, trucks, fire engines and caravans.

Specialisations: Coach Builder.

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in automotive manufacturing technical operations bus, truck and trailer, or another relevant vehicle body building course is needed to work as a Vehicle Body Builder.

Tasks

  • Constructs framework sections in metal, wood, fibreglass and other materials using shaping machines and cutting and welding equipment.
  • Bolts, screws, rivets and welds sections together to form complete frameworks.
  • Cuts and shapes panels of sheet metal, aluminium and reinforced plastic and attaches to frameworks using hand and power tools.
  • Modifies assembly line vehicles to special requirements.

More about Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

All Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

  • $1,153 Weekly Pay
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Vehicle Body Builders

  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 41 years Average age
  • 2% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Vehicle Body Builders (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 3,700 in 2011 to 3,500 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Vehicle Body Builders work in Victoria and Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Other Services; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, 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 41 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 2% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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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)
Manufacturing52.2
Other Services27.2
Transport, Postal and Warehousing6.5
Retail Trade4.3
Other Industries9.8

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on 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 BuildersAll Jobs Average
NSW26.131.6
VIC32.225.6
QLD25.320.0
SA4.87.0
WA10.310.8
TAS0.92.0
NT0.11.0
ACT0.21.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketVehicle Body BuildersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-193.9-5.05.0
20-2410.4-9.39.3
25-3422.8-22.922.9
35-4421.6-22.022.0
45-5422.8-21.621.6
55-599.6-9.09.0
60-646.4-6.06.0
65 and Over2.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, 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 BuildersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree1.8-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.2-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV58.0-21.121.1
Year 1211.9-18.118.1
Year 115.9-4.84.8
Year 10 and below19.2-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a certificate III in automotive manufacturing technical operations bus, truck and trailer, or another relevant vehicle body building course is needed to work as a Vehicle Body Builder.

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. Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel

    96% Important

    How much time do you spend using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?

  2. Being Exact or Accurate

    94% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

  3. Spend Time Standing

    91% Important

    How much time do you spend standing?

  4. Exposed to Contaminants

    90% Important

    How often are you exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours?

  5. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

    84% Important

    How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3021.00 - Automotive Body and Related Repairers.

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