Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics > Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance

Projected Growth: Average

Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

Your job is to Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

Common job titles of Automotive Body and Related Repairers include:

Experience and Education

Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, a teller would benefit from experience working directly with the public.

  • 41.99% said they needed a High School Diploma.

  • 34.65% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.


    Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.

    Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.

    Remove small pits and dimples in body metal, using pick hammers and punches.

    Adjust or align headlights, wheels, and brake systems.

    Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.

    Apply heat to plastic panels, using hot-air welding guns or immersion in hot water, and press the softened panels back into shape by hand.

    Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.

    Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.

    Cut and tape plastic separating film to outside repair areas to avoid damaging surrounding surfaces during repair procedure and remove tape and wash surfaces after repairs are complete.

    File, grind, sand, and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.

    Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.

    Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.

    Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.

    Inspect repaired vehicles for proper functioning, completion of work, dimensional accuracy, and overall appearance of paint job, and test-drive vehicles to ensure proper alignment and handling.

    Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.

    Fit and weld replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools.

    Remove damaged panels, and identify the family and properties of the plastic used on a vehicle.

    Fit and secure windows, vinyl roofs, and metal trim to vehicle bodies, using caulking guns, adhesive brushes, and mallets.

    Read specifications or confer with customers to determine the desired custom modifications for altering the appearance of vehicles.

    Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.

    Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.

    Replace damaged glass on vehicles.

    Soak fiberglass matting in resin mixtures and apply layers of matting over repair areas to specified thicknesses.

    Measure and mark vinyl material and cut material to size for roof installation, using rules, straightedges, and hand shears.

    Cut openings in vehicle bodies for the installation of customized windows, using templates and power shears or chisels.


Windshield knives

Welding tips

Welding hoods

Welding helmets

Welding goggles

Welding electrodes

Weld current controllers

All Tools


Vernier calipers

Universal railroad dollies

Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment

Toe dollies

Telescoping gauges

T pullers


Suction feed sandblasters

Suction cups

Stud welder kits

Steam cleaning equipment

Stainless steel brushes

Spray booths

Spot weld breakers

Spoon dollies

Soldering equipment

Socket wrench sets

Socket sets

Slide hammers

Slapping spoons

Single-cut mill saw files



Sanding blocks

Safety hoods

Safety gloves

Safety glasses


Rivet busters


Resistance spot welding equipment



Pull rods

Pry bars

Pressure washers

Pressure gauges

Pressure feed sandblasters

Power shears

Power sanders

Power punches

Power drills

Portable welding machines

Portable buffers

Pop rivet guns

Pneumatic smoothing hammers

Pneumatic panel crimpers

Pneumatic metal cutting guns

Pneumatic hammers

Pneumatic grinders

Pitch gauges

Pick pull rods

Pick hammers

Personal computers

Panel cutters

Paint stencils

Paint sprayers

Oxyacetylene torches

Nut drivers


Metal inert gas MIG welders

Media blasters

Machine polishers

Laser printers


Infrared IR paint curing units

Impact wrenches

Hydraulic jacks

Hydraulic cranes

Hydraulic automobile lifts

Hot air guns


High velocity low pressure HVLP spray equipment

Height gauges

Heel dollies

Heavy duty inside spoons

Hand shears

Hand brakes


Grease guns

General purpose spoons

Gas arc welding equipment

Frame alignment equipment

Foot shears

Fluorescent lights

Feeler gauges

Drill presses

Double-edged cutter tools

Double-edged blades

Door skin dollies

Digital cameras

Dial indicators

Desktop computers

Depth gauges

Dent hammers

Crown spoons

Cold chisels


Buffing machines

Brazing equipment

Bondo spreaders

Body saws

Blow torches


Alignment squares

Alignment machines

Air pressure gauges

Air hammers

Air compressors

Air chisels

Adjustable wrenches

Adjustable widemouth pliers


Accounting software

Accounts receivable software

Appointment scheduling software

Automotive and Accounting Software by R*KOM Invoice Writer


Collision damage estimation software

Collision damage measurement software

All Technologies

Equipment management information software

Materials management software

Paint mixing and matching software

Palm OS

Swan River Estimiser Pro



Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.


Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


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