Vehicle Trimmers install, repair and replace the interior trim of vehicles such as seats, linings, floor coverings and door trims.

Specialisations: Vehicle Upholsterer.

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in automotive trimming is needed to work as a Vehicle Trimmer.

Tasks

  • Prepares new vehicle trim work according to drawings and sketches, and removes old coverings and fittings from vehicles and takes new measurements.
  • Selects and cuts pieces of fabric, vinyl and leather and sews pieces together using heavy-duty sewing machines.
  • Installs internal trim in vehicles such as lining, floor coverings and armrests.
  • Attaches door trims, rubber seals, locks and handles.

More about Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

All Vehicle Body Builders and Trimmers

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

Vehicle Trimmers

  • 1,400 workers Employment Size
  • Medium skill Skill level rating
  • 82% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 45 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Vehicle Trimmers (in their main job) fell over 5 years:
from 1,600 in 2011 to 1,400 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: Many Vehicle Trimmers work in Queensland.
  • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Transport, Postal and Warehousing.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (82%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 45 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (53%).
  • Gender: 6% 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)
Other Services69.8
Manufacturing23.4
Transport, Postal and Warehousing3.3
Retail Trade2.1
Other Industries1.4

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 TrimmersAll Jobs Average
NSW27.031.6
VIC23.525.6
QLD27.120.0
SA7.77.0
WA12.210.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.91.0
ACT0.61.9

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 TrimmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-192.2-5.05.0
20-246.8-9.39.3
25-3417.1-22.922.9
35-4420.6-22.022.0
45-5427.4-21.621.6
55-5913.1-9.09.0
60-648.6-6.06.0
65 and Over4.2-4.24.2

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 TrimmersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
Bachelor degree0.7-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.3-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV73.0-21.121.1
Year 127.7-18.118.1
Year 113.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below13.1-12.512.5

Either extensive experience or a formal qualification in automotive trimming is needed to work as a Vehicle 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.

Useful links and resources


The course listings on this page are provided by Good Education Group.

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. Production and processing

    46% Skill level

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

  2. Technical design

    41% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  3. Customer and personal service

    40% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mechanical

    38% Skill level

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

  5. Mathematics

    36% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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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, 51-6093.00 - Upholsterers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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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

    98% Important

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

  2. Spend time standing

    93% Important

    Spend time standing at work.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    87% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Making repetitive motions

    83% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  5. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    79% Important

    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, 51-6093.00 - Upholsterers.

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