How to become a Automotive Parts Interpreter

Automotive parts interpreters sell automotive parts and accessories in retail or wholesale outlets. Parts can include batteries, headlights, tyres, seat covers, car cleaning equipment, and engine, brake and transmission components.

Personal requirements of a Automotive Parts Interpreter

  • Enjoy clerical and administrative work
  • Neat personal appearance
  • Good communication and sales skills
  • Organised approach to work
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Able to work quickly under pressure
  • Interested in motor vehicle parts and their functions
  • Aptitude for working with computers.

Education & Training for a Automotive Parts Interpreter

To become an automotive parts, interpreter you usually have to complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10.

Additional Information

A driver's licence would be an advantage.

Duties & Tasks of a Automotive Parts Interpreter

Automotive parts interpreters:

  • talk to customers to find out their exact needs and recommend appropriate parts
  • identify the make, model and variations of motor vehicles and automotive equipment
  • check catalogues or computer databases to identify and locate the source of required parts
  • order parts from warehouse and external suppliers
  • calculate tax, discounts and prices
  • prepare invoices and other finance arrangements for the sale of stock
  • process cash and credit transactions
  • collect, pack and dispatch or deliver ordered parts
  • participate in stocktaking (regular checking and valuing of goods) and update computer data
  • assist customers in repairing or replacing parts
  • set up merchandise displays.

Working conditions for a Automotive Parts Interpreter

Automotive parts interpreters may specialise in one particular make of vehicle. Most of their time is spent assisting customers, either in person or by telephone.

Employment Opportunities for a Automotive Parts Interpreter

Automotive parts interpreters usually work in motor accessory dealerships, spare parts divisions of large car dealerships and motor wreckers. They may provide parts for cars, trucks, vans or trailers, as well as agricultural, industrial and marine equipment. Increasingly, spare parts interpretation involves the use of computers. Job opportunities depend on trends in automobile use and ownership, the degree of consumer reliance upon parts replacement as opposed to vehicle upgrade and the rate of technological change.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.6%

NSW NSW 28.1%

NT NT 1.3%

QLD QLD 17.5%

SA SA 9.3%

TAS TAS 1.9%

VIC VIC 30.4%

WA WA 11%

Hours worked:



Average unemployment

Gender split:

Male 81.8%

Female 18.2%

Education level:

Not completed Year 12: 33.2%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 19.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 35.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 11.6%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 4.4%

20-24 - 15.1%

25-34 - 25.7%

35-44 - 18.5%

45-54 - 19.7%

55-59 - 7%

60-64 - 5%

65 and Over - 4.6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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