Auto Recycling: The Oldest and Most Successful Recycling Industry

A few facts about the auto & truck recycling industry:

  • Approximately 11 million vehicles are recycled every year, saving an estimated 85 million barrels of oil that would otherwise be used in the manufacture of new replacements parts.
  • Automotive recyclers provide nearly 40 percent of all recycled steel (the most recycled metal) in America.
  • Recycled parts, by reducing the need to manufacture new replacement parts, lead to significant reductions in air and water pollution, by recycling as much as 75 percent of every vehicle we handle.
  • Automotive recyclers help preserve our rapidly diminishing landfill space.
  • Automotive recyclers keep highways and roads clear of abandoned and disabled vehicles by providing a place to efficiently recycle these vehicles.


Career Opportunities with FADRA

The automotive recycling industry is continuously growing and changing, and to the challenges of positive change offers a variety of stable, long-term career opportunities.

Listed below are career opportunities available in the automotive recycling industry generally for persons willing to work towards making a contribution to the automotive in exchange for good pay, benefits and an opportunity to grow in a rewarding career environment.

It is important to note that these are types of positions available periodically through your local automotive dismantler and recycler. They are NOT positions to be filled by the FADRA.


  • Computer Specialists - Computer specialists must be knowledgeable of computer programming, software and hardware systems and must be capable of troubleshooting computer problems.
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Dismantlers - Dismantlers must have a substantial knowledge and background in motor vehicle mechanics. Dismantlers are responsible for the removal of parts and accessories from motor vehicles for inventory and stocking. Dismantlers must have their own tools.
  • Drivers - Light Truck to Towing & Recovery Vehicles -Drivers may operate delivery vehicles, such as light trucks or vans, towing and recovery vehicles including tow trucks and roll-backs. Drivers must have a clean C-D-L license. Drivers must possess a knowledge of the surrounding area with a 100 mile radius.
  • Heavy Equipment Operators - Heavy equipment operators must be proficient in the operation of a wide range of heavy equipment, including fork-lifts, bull dozers, cranes, and auto crushers.
  • Inventory Manager
  • Inventory Stockman - Inventory stockmen are responsible for the proper shelving and stocking of inventory in the parts warehouse areas.
  • Mechanics - Mechanics must be proficient in the repair and maintenence of a wide range of vehicles from light trucks to heavy equipment as well as other equipment that may require repair maintenence. Mechanics must have their own tools.
  • Purchasing Agents - Purchasers must be knowledgeable in the prices of motor vehicles salvage values. At facilities, purchasers are also responsible for the purchasing of scrap metals.
  • Sales - Telephone & Counter - Sales personnel must enjoy dealing with people, have a pleasant personality and telephone skills. Sales personnel must also possess a knowledge of motor vehicle parts and accessories.
  • Shipping Specialists - Shipping specialists are required to prepare for the shipment of parts large and small. Shipping specialists must be aware of local, state and federal regulations regarding the of potentially hazardous materials.
  • Yard Crewman - Yard crewmen are responsible for general duties in the vehicle storage compound, including the placement and removal of vehicles.
  • Automotive recycling facilities are drug-free workplaces. Employers may require periodic random drug testing of employees


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