Exhaust and Muffler Repairers repair and replace defective exhaust and muffler systems in motor vehicles.

    You can work as an Exhaust and Muffler Repairer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in automotive exhaust system technology might be helpful.

    Tasks

    • Removes old and damaged parts and cleans surrounding areas on vehicles.
    • Inspects and repairs muffler mountings.
    • Selects replacement parts according to the vehicle make, model and year.
    • Chooses and/or modifies a suitable alternative if the selected replacement part is not available.
    • Bolts, clamps, tacks, fits or welds new mufflers, extractors and exhaust pipes into place.

    All Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters

    • $1,014 Weekly Pay
    • Stable Future Growth
    • Lower unemployment Unemployment

    Exhaust and Muffler Repairers

    • 270 workers Employment Size
    • Lower skill Skill level rating
    • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 44 hours Average full-time
    • 49 years Average age
    • 1% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Exhaust and Muffler Repairers (in their main job) stayed about the same over 5 years:
    from 340 in 2011 to 270 in 2016.

    • Size: This is a very small occupation.
    • Location: Exhaust and Muffler Repairers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Manufacturing; and Administrative and Support Services.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, 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 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
    • Gender: 1% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

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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 Services83.3
    Manufacturing6.2
    Administrative and Support Services5.3
    Retail Trade3.8
    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.
    StateExhaust and Muffler RepairersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.031.6
    VIC18.525.6
    QLD27.020.0
    SA3.97.0
    WA14.710.8
    TAS2.72.0
    NT0.01.0
    ACT1.21.9

    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 BracketExhaust and Muffler RepairersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190.0-5.05.0
    20-249.1-9.39.3
    25-3412.1-22.922.9
    35-4417.4-22.022.0
    45-5435.6-21.621.6
    55-5914.8-9.09.0
    60-647.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.4-4.24.2

    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 QualificationExhaust and Muffler RepairersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate0.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree1.1-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma2.2-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV48.7-21.121.1
    Year 127.9-18.118.1
    Year 119.0-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below31.1-12.512.5

    You can work as an Exhaust and Muffler Repairer without formal qualifications, however, they may be useful. A course in automotive exhaust system technology might be helpful.

    Checks, licences and tickets

    You may need:

    • 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.

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

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    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

      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.

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    Demands

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

    1. Loud or uncomfortable sounds

      100% Important

      Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

    2. Wear common protective or safety equipment

      96% Important

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

    3. Exposure to contaminants

      96% Important

      Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

    4. Time pressure

      95% Important

      Work to strict deadlines.

    5. Spend time standing

      93% Important

      Spend time standing at work.

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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.

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