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:

To become a Motor Vehicle Fitter, you will need to develop practical skills and knowledge related to automotive maintenance and repair. While there are no specific requirements for this career, certain subjects and skills can be beneficial in preparing for the field. Here’s a list of subjects and skills that can be helpful:

  1. Mathematics: A good understanding of mathematics is important for performing measurements, calculations, and diagnostics in automotive repair. Consider taking Mathematics.
  2. Science: Basic knowledge of science, particularly physics and chemistry, can help you understand the principles behind automotive systems and the properties of materials used in vehicles.
  3. Design and Technology (D&T): D&T coursework can provide you with hands-on experience and practical skills related to working with tools, equipment, and mechanical systems.
  4. Information and Communication Technology (ICT): Proficiency in using computer software and diagnostic tools can be useful for modern automotive repair, where technology plays a significant role.
  5. English: Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are important for interacting with customers, explaining repair issues, and writing reports.

Post School

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.