Motor Vehicle Fitter

Job Description:

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

Job Category:
Automotive & Aviation

What you will do:

Your day-to-day duties will depend on the types of vehicles you work on, for example cars, commercial vans, buses, lorries or agricultural vehicles. You could:

  • test batteries and other parts of an engine
  • check tyres and exhausts
  • replace or repair faulty parts
  • balance and re-align wheels
  • check a vehicle’s tracking
  • repair punctures
  • give customers advice

You might also have call-out duties to:

  • attend breakdowns
  • carry out MOT tests
  • repair suspension systems, steering and brakes
  • do routine vehicle inspections to check they are safe


You’ll need:

  • the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
  • the ability to repair machines or systems
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

As well as:

  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • customer service skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail (organisational skills)
  • the ability to work on your own (drive)
  • to be flexible and open to change (adaptability skills)
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Entry Requirements:

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly


You could take a college course to get some of the skills needed for this job. In the UK, for example, courses include:

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


Apprenticeships relevant to this role include:

  • Autocare technician
  • Specialist tyre operative

Direct Application

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

Working Hours and Environment:

A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends/bank holidays on shifts.

You could work at a garage or in a workshop. Your working environment may be physically demanding. You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & 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.