Coachbuilder/Trimmer Kaihanga Pahi/Kaiwhakarākei Waka

Coachbuilders manufacture and assemble frames, panels and parts for vehicles such as buses and motor homes. Vehicle trimmers install and repair the upholstery of vehicles.

Coachbuilders/trimmers may do some or all of the following:

  • cut, shape, glaze and spray-paint metal parts
  • build vehicle frames
  • assemble and join parts to the frame, such as floor, roof and side panels
  • install electrical wiring
  • fit additional parts to vehicle bodies, such as hydraulic lifts and refrigeration equipment
  • repair, replace and modify frames and parts
  • install or repair upholstery.

Coachbuilders/trimmers working on motorhomes may also install plumbing, pressure-water systems, waste-water systems and gas in the vehicle.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for coachbuilders/trimmers includes:

  • fabrication work such as welding and working with sheet metal
  • assembling vehicles
  • work as a panelbeater.

Upholstering or sewing experience is useful for those wanting to work as a vehicle trimmer.

Personal Qualities

Coachbuilders/trimmers need to be:

  • efficient and practical
  • accurate, with an eye for detail.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for coachbuilders/trimmers includes:

  • fabrication work such as welding and working with sheet metal
  • assembling vehicles
  • work as a panelbeater.

Upholstering or sewing experience is useful for those wanting to work as a vehicle trimmer.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job. However, English, maths, construction and mechanical technologies, and processing technologies to at least NCEA Level 2 are useful.

Coachbuilder/Trimmers can earn around $19-$23 per hour per year.

Coachbuilders/trimmers may progress to set up their own coachbuilding or trimming business, or move into management roles. Trimmers may progress into interior vehicle design.

Coachbuilders/trimmers may specialise in buses, vans, trucks, caravans or motorhomes, or super yachts.

Coachbuilder/Trimmer

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