Exhaust and Muffler Repairers

ANZSCO ID 899413

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
270
Future Growth
N/A
Weekly Earnings
N/A
Full-Time Share
92%
Female Share
1%
Average age
49

Summary

Exhaust and Muffler Repairers repair and replace defective exhaust and muffler systems in motor vehicles.

Tasks

  • 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.

Characteristics

Job Type
Labourers
Skill Level
Lower skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
n/a
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
Physical Demand
  • Medium
  • Heavy

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC 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

Working arrangements

  • 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.


Industries

Main industries

1
Other Services
65.7%
2
Manufacturing
4.9%
3
Administrative and Support Services
4.2%
4
Retail Trade
3.0%
5
Other industries
1.1%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

32.0% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

18.5% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

27.0% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

3.9% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

14.7% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

2.7% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

0.0% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

1.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Exhaust and Muffler Repairers All Jobs Average
NSW 32.0 31.6
VIC 18.5 25.6
QLD 27.0 20.0
SA 3.9 7.0
WA 14.7 10.8
TAS 2.7 2.0
NT 0.0 1.0
ACT 1.2 1.9


  • 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.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
49
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
1%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • 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)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Exhaust and Muffler Repairers All Jobs Average
15-19 0.0 5.0
20-24 9.1 9.3
25-34 12.1 22.9
35-44 17.4 22.0
45-54 35.6 21.6
55-59 14.8 9.0
60-64 7.6 6.0
65 and Over 3.4 4.2
Median Age 49 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

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.

Visit

  • 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)

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.
Type of Qualification Exhaust and Muffler Repairers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 0.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 1.1 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 2.2 11.6
Certificate III/IV 48.7 21.1
Year 12 7.9 18.1
Year 11 9.0 4.8
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

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 54%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 50%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 46%

    Critical thinking

    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.

  • 45%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 45%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 45%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 43%

    Active listening

    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.

  • 43%

    Active learning

    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.

  • 43%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 43%

    Serving others

    Looking for ways to help people.

  • 43%

    Systems evaluation

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  • 41%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 41%

    Time management

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  • 39%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 39%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 39%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 37%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 82%

    Mechanical

    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.

  • 46%

    English language

    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.

  • 44%

    Mathematics

    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.

  • 36%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 36%

    Physics

    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.

  • 30%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 30%

    Chemistry

    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.

  • 28%

    Transportation

    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.

  • 21%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 63%

    Extent flexibility

    Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.

  • 57%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 55%

    Multilimb coordination

    Use your arms and/or legs at the same time while sitting, standing, or lying down.

  • 55%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 54%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 54%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 54%

    Hearing sensitivity

    Tell the difference between sounds.

  • 52%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 52%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 50%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 50%

    Deductive reasoning

    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).

  • 50%

    Auditory attention

    Pay attention to a certain sound when there are other distracting sounds.

  • 48%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 48%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 45%

    Problem spotting

    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.

  • 43%

    Trunk strength

    Use your abdominal and lower back muscles a number of times without 'giving out' or fatiguing.

  • 39%

    Speech recognition

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.


Activities

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

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 48%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 43%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 29%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 14%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 67%

    Support

    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.

  • 62%

    Independence

    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.

  • 62%

    Relationships

    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.

  • 52%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 48%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 43%

    Recognition

    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.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 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.

  • 95%

    Time pressure

    Work to strict deadlines.

  • 93%

    Spend time standing

    Spend time standing at work.

  • 93%

    Face-to-face discussions

    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.

  • 85%

    Dangerous equipment

    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.

  • 84%

    Dangerous conditions

    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.

  • 77%

    Unstructured work

    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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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-3023.02 - Automotive Specialty Technicians.


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