Trades & Services

Vehicle Body Builder

Vehicle body builders manufacture, modify and repair purpose-built vehicle bodies.

  • Entry-level education

    Apprenticeship or traineeship

  • Job outlook

    1 2 3 4 5

What does a Vehicle Body Builder do?

Vehicle body builders manufacture, modify and repair purpose-built vehicle bodies.


Work activities

As a vehicle body builder, you might:

  • construct vehicle frameworks using metal, fibreglass, plastics and other materials
  • use specialised machinery to shape, cut, bold and weld framework materials
  • secure sections together to form complete frameworks
  • cut, shape and attach exterior panels to frameworks
  • modify vehicles based on specialised requirements
  • read and follow drawings and sketches to ensure modifications are built correctly
  • attach door trims, seals, hinges and locks
  • work in consultation with engineers or other technicians.

Key skills and interests

To become a vehicle body builder, you would need:

  • an interest in motor vehicles and motor vehicle fabrication
  • to enjoy practical and manual activities
  • to be able to work with electric and hand tools
  • to be able to follow checklists and safety procedures
  • good physical fitness
  • a current drivers' licence.

Working hours and conditions

Working Hours

You would normally work standard industry hours, Monday to Friday. You may be on a roster system if the fabrication or repair workshop is open on weekends. You may also need to work overtime to meet deadlines at busy times. Part-time work may be possible.


Most vehicle body builders work in workshops or repair shops related to the transport industry, including for buses, trucks, caravans, refrigerated vehicles and specialist emergency vehicles. The work can be dirty,  greasy and noisy, and you would wear overalls and other protective clothing.

You would need a current drivers' licence.


How to become an Vehicle Body Builder?

Entry Level Education

To become a vehicle body builder you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in Automotive Manufacturing Production or similar. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require junior secondary school certificate or equivalent.


Job outlook

  • 1 2 3 4 5

Employment of vehicle body builders is projected to remain fairly neutral.

While the number of vehicles in use continues to rise, the closure of vehicle manufacturing plants in Australia over the last few years has led to a decrease in the number of jobs in automotive manufacture and repair generally. However, some sectors of the industry, such as caravan manufacture, are growing strongly, and jobs may be available in these specialist areas.


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