How to become a Vehicle Serviceperson

Vehicle servicepersons diagnose, service and repair a range of mechanical and related vehicle components.

Personal requirements of a Vehicle Serviceperson

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • aptitude for problem solving
  • mechanical aptitude.

Duties & Tasks of a Vehicle Serviceperson

Vehicle servicepersons: • raise vehicles using hydraulic hoists or jacks • work with motor mechanics to dismantle or remove engine assemblies, transmissions, steering mechanisms and other components • work with motor mechanics to repair or replace worn or defective parts and reassemble mechanical components • change oil and filters and carry out necessary lubrication • clear and clean workshops, working surfaces, tools and equipment.

Working conditions for a Vehicle Serviceperson

Most of the work is done in workshops.


Automotive Underbody Serviceperson

An automotive underbody serviceperson inspects vehicle systems and components and undertakes diagnostic procedures before the repair. This includes the servicing of vehicle braking systems, steering, suspension systems and exhaust systems.

Driveline Serviceperson

A driveline serviceperson diagnoses, repairs and services clutch assemblies, manual transmissions, final drive assemblies, drive shafts, tail shafts, chains, tracks, gears and associated components for light and heavy vehicles, motorcycles and plant and outdoor power equipment.

Steering and Suspension Serviceperson

A steering and suspension serviceperson diagnoses, repairs and services clutch steering system components and suspension systems for light and heavy vehicles, motorcycles and plant, marine and outdoor power equipment.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT ACT 0.8%

NSW NSW 30.6%

NT NT 1.5%

QLD QLD 21.6%

SA SA 5.5%

TAS TAS 2.1%

VIC VIC 23.5%

WA WA 14.4%

Hours worked:



Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 72.2%

Female 27.8%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 5.5%

Not completed Year 12: 26.9%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 29.5%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 29.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 3.5%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 5.5%

Age brackets:

15-19 - 10.9%

20-24 - 9%

25-34 - 20%

35-44 - 15.6%

45-54 - 17.6%

55-59 - 9.6%

60-64 - 7.7%

65 and Over - 9.6%

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

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