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Vehicle Dismantler

No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Wrecker.

Vehicle dismantlers recover parts from vehicles for resale to customers.

Vehicle dismantlers may work indoors (storage and administration) or outdoors (disassembling vehicle parts).

They must have good knowledge of products and prices.


    Vehicle dismantlers may perform the following tasks:

  • use hand and power tools to remove panels, bumper bars, steering wheels, seats and other reusable body parts
  • disassemble engines, transmission systems, electrical components, wheels, brakes and other parts which can then be placed into stock or sold
  • clean parts so that they are ready for resale
  • tag parts for inventory or shipping
  • move vehicle body parts using a forklift or crane
  • handle questions or sales by telephone or in person
  • carry out minor paperwork
  • comply with all Environmental Protection Authority and state regulators for gases and hazardous material disposal


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • good communication skills
  • interested in motor vehicles
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to work unsupervised

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No Formal Qualifications On The Job Training Traineeship Year 10 Preferred

You can work as a vehicle dismantler without formal qualifications. You will probably get some informal training on the job.

You can also become a vehicle dismantler through a traineeship in Automotive Body Repair Technology.

Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

    In NSW, vehicle dismantlers must have a Motor Vehicle Recycler's licence. See www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au for more information.

    Once you are employed, you may be able to develop, and have recognised, additional skills under the Automotive Industry Retail, Service and Repair Training Package that will expand your career opportunities within this industry.

    Vehicle dismantlers using a forklift are required by law to have an appropriate licence. See the separate entry for Forklift Operator for details.


Vehicle dismantlers are mainly employed by small motor wrecking firms.

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Job Outlook for Vehicle Dismantler Auto Skills Australia Automotive Training Board of NSW Motor Traders' Association of NSW Motor Trades Association ACT

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