Vehicle body builders and trimmers manufacture and repair prototype production units and purpose-built vehicle bodies, and install, repair and replace the interior trim of vehicles.
What do vehicle body builders and trimmers do?
construct framework sections in metal, wood, fibreglass and other materials using shaping machines and cutting and welding equipment and bolt, screw, rivet and weld sections together to form complete frameworks
cut and shape panels of sheetmetal, aluminium and reinforced plastic and attach to frameworks using hand and power tools
modify assembly line vehicles to special requirements
prepare new vehicle trim work according to drawings and sketches, and remove old coverings and fittings from vehicles and take new measurements
select and cut pieces of fabric, vinyl and leather and sew pieces together using heavy-duty sewing machines
install internal trim in vehicles such as lining, floor coverings and armrests and attach door trims, rubber seals, locks and handles
projected job openings
qualified full-time wage
Ways to get started
Ways to get started
You can start training to become a vehicle body builder or trimmer while you’re still at school, and it might even help you get your SACE.
Make an appointment to talk to your career counsellor or VET coordinator to find out how you can start today.
Are you ready to begin your career right now?
Do you want to earn money, gain independence and learn practical skills in a real workplace?
You can become a vehicle body builder or trimmer now through a traineeship or an apprenticeship, depending on what you’d like to focus on.
You’ll get hands on experience as a vehicle body builder or trimmer while studying a nationally recognised qualification. All you need to do is find an employer to take you on.
Here are some places to start:
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