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

    You can work as a Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in automotive technology might be helpful.

    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

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    All Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters

    • $1,014 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment
    • 10,500 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 34 years Average age
    • 2% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay about the same over the next 5 years:
    from 10,500 in 2018 to 10,500 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 9,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 1,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
    • Location: Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Retail Trade; and Manufacturing.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,014 per week (lower than 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 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 34 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 2% 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
    200811400
    200910400
    201013200
    201116700
    201216400
    201312900
    201414700
    201511400
    201611700
    201713700
    201810500
    202310500

    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.
    EarningsMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings10141460

    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 Services46.2
    Retail Trade25.0
    Manufacturing8.0
    Wholesale Trade7.1
    Other Industries13.7

    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.
    StateMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs Average
    NSW27.231.6
    VIC20.925.6
    QLD25.820.0
    SA8.07.0
    WA13.910.8
    TAS2.22.0
    NT1.21.0
    ACT0.81.9

    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 BracketMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-194.8-5.05.0
    20-2414.8-9.39.3
    25-3430.5-22.922.9
    35-4421.4-22.022.0
    45-5417.9-21.621.6
    55-595.9-9.09.0
    60-643.0-6.06.0
    65 and Over1.7-4.24.2

    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 QualificationMotor Vehicle Parts and Accessories FittersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.2-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.5-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.7-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV33.4-21.121.1
    Year 1220.0-18.118.1
    Year 1110.1-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below32.0-12.512.5

    You can work as a Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitter without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in automotive technology might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • refrigerant handling licence
    • motor vehicle repairer's certificate or state equivalent
    • forklift licence
    • manual drivers licence

    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.

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

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

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Mechanical

      82% Skill level

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

    2. Customer and Personal Service

      58% Skill level

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

    3. Computers and Electronics

      51% Skill level

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

    4. Engineering and Technology

      46% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    5. English Language

      46% Skill level

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

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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, 49-3023.02 - Automotive Specialty Technicians.

    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. Sounds, Loud or Uncomfortable

      100% Important

      How often are you there sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?

    2. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      96% Important

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

    3. Exposed to Contaminants

      96% Important

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

    4. Time Pressure

      95% Important

      How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?

    5. Spend Time Standing

      93% Important

      How much time do you spend standing?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3023.02 - Automotive Specialty Technicians.

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