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Summary of occupation

Tyre fitters repair damage to tyres and fit and balance new tyres to vehicles. They inspect a vehicle's tyres and the related components, checking for signs of damage and wear, such as nails, stones and cracks in the rubber. Where possible they will repair the tyre, which may involve activities such as patching holes or replacing inner tubes. In other cases the whole tyre will need to be replaced. In these cases they will talk with the vehicle's owner, and may offer advice, to determine the type of replacement tyre. Once new tyres have been fitted, the wheel alignment is checked and balanced and road testing is carried out.

ANZSCO description: Fits, repairs and replaces tyres on motor  vehicles.
Alternative names: Tyre Fitter and Repairer, Tyre Serviceperson, Tyre Technician
Specialisations:
Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

A tyre fitter needs:

  • an interest in motor vehicles
  • to enjoy practical and manual work
  • a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • an eye for detail
  • good hand-eye coordination
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Working conditions

Tyre fitters work at specialist tyre centres, mechanical workshops, automotive dealers or organisations maintaining a large fleet of vehicles. Workshops can be noisy, dirty and hot, though they are usually well ventilated. Tyre fitters may also spend some time talking to customers in shop fronts or display rooms attached to the workshop. The work involves heavy lifting and standing for long periods. Most tyre fitters work standard business hours during the week, with many workshops also open on Saturdays.

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Salary details

On average, tyre fitters, classified under motor vehicle parts and accessories fitters, can expect to earn between $800 and $999 per week ($41 600 and $51 999 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience.

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Tools and technologies

Tyre fitters use hydraulic car lifts, jacks and wheel braces to lift and secure vehicles. They use specialised equipment such as air-operated tyre changers and tyre retreading machines, as well as a number of standard hand and power tools for removing, attaching and repairing tyres. They also use specialised measuring and testing equipment to ensure that tyres have been fitted properly, including wheel balances and wheel alignment machines. Tyre fitters that deal directly with customers may also use computers, cash registers and EFTPOS machines.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

You can work as a tyre fitter without any formal qualifications and get training on the job.

You may improve your employment prospects if you complete a Certificate II in Automotive Tyre Servicing Technology, offered at TAFE Colleges and other registered training organisations in Western Australia.

To work as a tyre fitter in WA, you will need to obtain a Motor Vehicle Repairer's Certificate, or work under the supervision of someone who holds a current certificate. The certificate is available from the Commissioner of Consumer Protection at the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety. A National Police Certificate is required to gain a Motor Vehicle Repairer's Certificate. 

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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