Exhaust and Muffler Repairers
Exhaust and Muffler Repairers repair and replace defective exhaust and muffler systems in motor vehicles.
Removes old and damaged parts and cleans surrounding areas on vehicles.
Inspects and repairs muffler mountings.
Selects replacement parts according to the vehicle make, model and year.
Chooses and/or modifies a suitable alternative if the selected replacement part is not available.
Bolts, clamps, tacks, fits or welds new mufflers, extractors and exhaust pipes into place.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
Informal or on-the-job
JSA produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. Employment projections data are only produced for occupations at the broad four digit Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) level. While data are not available for this occupation, projections data are available for the parent occupation, Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters, under the outlook section.
Earnings and hours
Around 92% of people employed as Exhaust and Muffler Repairers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 26 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 44 hours per week in their main job. This is the same as the all jobs average.
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Exhaust and Muffler Repairers work in the Other services industry. They are also employed in industries like:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Exhaust and Muffler Repairers||All Jobs Average|
Around 52% of Exhaust and Muffler Repairers live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
Queensland and Western Australia have a large share of employment relative to their population size.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Exhaust and Muffler Repairers is 49 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 1% of the workforce. This is 47 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Exhaust and Muffler Repairers||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.4||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
Formal qualifications are not essential to work as an Exhaust and Muffler Repairer. Although some workers have a certificate II in automotive exhaust system technology.
- My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
- AAPathways website to explore Automotive Retail, Service and Repair and Automotive Manufacturing Sector VET training pathways.
Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Exhaust and Muffler Repairers||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||0.0||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||31.1||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Motor Vehicle Parts and Accessories Fitters who are reliable, can interact with others, and are well presented.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Fixing machines or systems.
Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
46%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.
45%Operation and control
Controlling equipment or systems.
Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
43%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
43%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Looking for ways to help people.
Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.
41%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Talking to others.
Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.
Reading work related information.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
58%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
51%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
46%Engineering and technology
Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
44%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
40%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.
34%Sales and marketing
Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
32%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
30%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
28%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.
26%Economics and accounting
Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.
23%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.
Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.
Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Tell the difference between sounds.
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Listen to and understand what people say.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
50%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
45%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
45%Speed of recognition
Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
72%Handling and moving objects
Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.
65%Controlling equipment or machines
Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).
64%Working with mechanical equipment
Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.
63%Doing physically active work
Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.
63%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
61%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
57%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
57%Working with electronic equipment
Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.
55%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
54%Driving vehicles or equipment
Running, manoeuvring, navigating, or driving things like forklifts, vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
53%Planning and prioritising work
Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.
52%Making sense of information and ideas
Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.
51%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
51%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
50%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
50%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
48%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
47%Assessing and evaluating things
Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.
45%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
41%Explaining things to people
Helping people to understand and use information.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
100%Loud or uncomfortable sounds
Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.
96%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
96%Exposure to contaminants
Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.
Work to strict deadlines.
93%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Using your hands to handle, control, or feel
Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.
91%In an enclosed vehicle or equipment
Work in a closed vehicle (e.g., car).
88%Very hot or cold temperatures
Work in very hot or cold temperatures.
86%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
Work near dangerous equipment like saws, machinery with open moving parts, or moving traffic.
85%Minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings
Be exposed to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings.
85%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.
82%Indoors, not heat controlled
Work indoors without heating or cooling (e.g., warehouse without heat).
82%Freedom to make decisions
Have freedom to make decision on your own.
80%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
79%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.
76%Bright or inadequate lighting
Work in extremely bright or dark lighting conditions.
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