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Vehicle Trimmer

Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

Also known as Auto Upholsterer and Automotive Trimmer.

Vehicle trimmers make, install, repair, replace or modify the seats, upholstery, roof and door linings, interior trim and floor coverings of a vehicle.

They work on cars, trucks, vintage vehicles, buses, caravans, trains, aircraft and boats.


    Vehicle trimmers may perform the following tasks:

  • renove old coverings or fittings from vehicles and take new measurements
  • select, measure and cut out pieces of fabric, vinyl or leather using shears or electric cutting tools
  • sew pieces together using industrial sewing machines
  • fit trim in vehicles
  • repair and manufacture seat covers
  • refit, align and check window winding mechanisms, door locks and other interior parts
  • waterproof and dustproof vehicles using weather strips and draught sealers
  • manufacture work according to drawings and sketches


  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • able to work neatly and accurately
  • able to solve problems
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • normal colour vision

Interest Area



Marine Upholsterer - install or repair the upholstery on boats with appropriately resilient materials.


Apprenticeship Year 10 Preferred

To become a vehicle trimmer you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship in Automotive Body Repair Technology or Automotive and Marine Trimming Technology.

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

Additional Information

    In the ACT, vehicle trimmers must have a motor vehicle repair licence, or work under the supervision of a licensed repairer. Contact the ACT Office of Regulatory Services for further information.


Vehicle trimmers work for specialist trimming firms, crash repair firms, car manufacturers and distributors, and other firms that repair or construct automotive vehicles, aircraft or marine craft.

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More Information - External Links

Job Outlook for Vehicle Trimmer Auto Skills Australia Automotive Training Board of NSW Motor Trades Association ACT Motor Traders' Association of NSW Office of Regulatory Services (ACT)

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