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Motor vehicle fitter Fast fit technician

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,000 to £29,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: Variable per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set requirements. You could take a college course in tyre fitting principles, vehicle component fitting, or vehicle technology. 

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Autocity has more information on becoming a motor vehicle fitter.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • practical and technical skills
  • maths skills 
  • customer service skills

3. What you'll do

You’ll fit, repair and replace parts on vehicles like cars, coaches, small vans, and lorries. 

You might also have call-out duties for attending breakdowns, carrying out MOT tests, or other tasks, like repairing suspension systems, steering and brakes.

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

4. Salary

Starter: £15,000 to £17,000

Experienced: £20,000 to £25,000

Highly Experienced: £29,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll work 5 or 6 days a week, including Saturdays and evenings, possibly on shift. 

You might work overtime during busy periods.

You’ll be based in a tyre and exhaust centre, which could include a garage or fitting workshop.

You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness.

6. 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. 

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Last updated: 08 December 2016