How to become a Vehicle Trimmer

Vehicle trimmers make, install, repair, replace or modify the seats, upholstery, roof and door linings, interior trim and floor coverings of a vehicle. They work on cars, trucks, vintage vehicles, buses, caravans, trains, aircraft and boats.

Personal requirements for a Vehicle Trimmer

  • Enjoy practical and manual activities
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Able to work neatly and accurately
  • Able to solve problems
  • Able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • Normal colour vision.

Duties & Tasks of a Vehicle Trimmer

Vehicle trimmers may perform the following tasks:

  • Remove old coverings or fittings from vehicles and take new measurements
  • Select, measure and cut out pieces of fabric, vinyl or leather using shears or electric cutting tools
  • Sew pieces together using industrial sewing machines
  • Fit trim in vehicles
  • Repair and manufacture seat covers
  • Refit, align and check window winding mechanisms, door locks and other interior parts
  • Waterproof and dustproof vehicles using weather strips and draught sealers
  • Manufacture work according to drawings and sketches.


Marine Upholsterer

A marine upholsterer install or repair the upholstery on boats with appropriately resilient materials.

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