Motor vehicle fitter

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Fast fit technician

Motor vehicle fitters repair and replace worn or damaged tyres, exhausts, batteries and parts.

Salary range: £13,000 to £29,000

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How to become a motor vehicle fitter

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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College

You could take a college course to get some of the skills needed for this job. Courses include:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Fitting Principles
  • Level 2 Diploma in Specialist Tyre Fitting Competence
  • Level 2 Extended Certificate in Vehicle Technology

Entry requirements

You may need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course

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Apprenticeship

You can get into this job through an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in vehicle fitting.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You can apply for jobs as a vehicle fitter if you’ve got qualifications and experience in motor mechanics.

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Further information

You can find more advice about careers in the motor industry from Autocity.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • testing batteries and other parts of an engine
  • checking tyres and exhausts
  • replacing or repairing faulty parts
  • balancing and re-aligning wheels
  • checking a vehicle’s tracking
  • repairing punctures 
  • giving customers advice

You might also have call-out duties for:

  • attending breakdowns
  • carrying out MOT tests
  • repairing suspension systems, steering and brakes

Working environment

You could work at a garage or in a workshop.

Your working environment may be physically demanding.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into workshop supervision and management jobs, or related areas, like breakdown and recovery, service centre advice or general vehicle mechanics.