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Working Duties Expected
Tyre/exhaust fitters repair and replace worn or damaged tyres or exhaust systems. They work in specialist tyre and exhaust centres, or alongside mechanics in garages or workshops. Some deal with both tyres and exhausts; others specialise in just one.
They can work on any kind of vehicle, from cars or light vehicles to large goods or public service vehicles. They may also go out and repair tyres on vehicles that have broken down. Some of the work is done manually and some involves using measuring equipment.
Those working for a larger tyre and exhaust company are often trained to deal with other tasks, such as repairing vehicle suspension systems, steering or brakes, carrying out MOT tests, and fitting child safety seats.
Hours and Environment:
Most tyre/exhaust fitters work five or six days a week, on a rota. The majority of tyre and exhaust fitting centres are open long hours, including weekends and evenings. Overtime is likely.
They work in garages or workshops, often in awkward, cramped conditions. They use power tools, workbenches, ramps and sometimes pits. The work is likely to be oily and greasy and involve a lot of standing, lifting and bending. There are likely to be fumes and smells.
Skills and Interests:
To be a tyre/exhaust fitter, you should:
- be physically fit, with plenty of stamina as the work can be strenuous and heavy
- be able to work in a team and have good customer service skills
- have numerical ability for handling cash and credit card transactions
- be conscious of health and safety regulations.
There are no specific educational qualifications required to become a fitter, but good levels of literacy and numeracy are important.
Some employers may ask for some GCSEs (A-F)/S grades (1-7) in English, maths and a science based subject.
Evidence of practical ability, such as a qualification in technology may be expected, as may an interest in motor vehicles. Some employers may want you to be able to drive or be willing to learn.
There is no upper age limit for entry into this type of work. All candidates must be physically fit due to the nature of the work.
Training can take from six weeks for elementary training to two years for full training. Training is on the job, working alongside an experienced fitter. You are also likely to study at college or at a company training centre on day or block release, with assessment in the workplace.
Trainees study for Technical Certificates, which are recognised qualifications directly related to tyre fitting and technology. Technical Certificates are available in Vehicle Fast Fitting and Vehicle Tyre Fitting (City and Guilds Progression Award) and in Fast Fit Technician and Specialist Tyre Fitter (Institute of the Motor Industry Certificate).
NVQs/SVQs at levels 1 and 2 are available in Vehicle Fitting (Tyres) and Vehicle Fitting (Fast-Fit).
Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).
Opportunities exist with specialist tyre and exhaust centres, and main dealers specialising in a certain make of vehicle. They also work for transport firms, carrying out regular inspections, repairs and maintenance in their workshops.
Promotion to supervisor and then manager may be possible. Tyre/exhaust fitters might also be able to move into an area such as stock control if they work for a smaller company.
Most opportunities are in towns and cities.
Figures are intended as a guideline only. The actual rates of pay may vary.
Trainee tyre/exhaust fitters earn around £4,160.
In their second year, they can earn £6,084.
Experienced fitters earn around £7,852 for a 39 hour week, increasing to £10,400 with overtime.
Automotive Skills, The Sector Skills Council for the Retail Motor Industry
201 Great Portland Street
Tel: 020 7436 6373
Retail Motor Industry Federation
201 Great Portland Street
Tel: 020 75809122
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