Motor Trimmer

Working as a Motor Trimmer you would work across a wide range of vehicle types including cars, heavy vehicles, motorcycles and marine craft. You will trim seats, carpets, headlinings, door panels and repair or make canvas covers and soft tops.

Summary of Training

  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • Work effectively with others in an automotive workplace
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
  • Fabricate automotive and marine trim components
  • Carry out repairs and alterations to automotive and marine trim
  • Remove and replace automotive and marine interior trim components
  • Trim vehicle components
  • Select trim and fabric materials
  • Conduct sewing operations
  • Select and apply adhesives in automotive and marine service and repair work
  • Fabricate parts for vehicle sub-assemblies
  • Determine retail rates for automotive products and services
  • Estimate and quote automotive mechanical and electrical repairs
  • Remove and replace electrical units and assemblies
  • Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
  • Repair vehicle composite material components
  • Remove and manufacture or repair vehicle head lining
  • Fabricate and fit marine covers
  • Fabricate and install canvas products for automotive and marine components
  • Fabricate and install automotive and marine floor coverings
  • Fabricate and install automotive and marine soft top hoods
  • Fabricate and install automotive and marine frames, canopies and side curtains
  • Select and use leather in automotive and marine trimming
  • Carry out thermoplastic welding on vehicle trim components
  • Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
  • Apply traditional foundations to upholstered furniture
  • Install products on and off site

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Automotive Retail, Service and Repair

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Automotive, Transport & Maritime

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
Manual & Realistic

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 14825

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 2/8/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

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Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Predicted growth in employment in this overall industry over the next 5 years.

Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Motor Trimmer - AUR32320
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths 36 mths 36 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 5 5 5 0 0 0 0 0
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 2/8/2022, rounded estimates for January 2021 to December 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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