Projected Growth: Average
Projected Job Openings
Some Preparation Needed
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.
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Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
Suction feed sandblasters
Stud welder kits
Steam cleaning equipment
Stainless steel brushes
Spot weld breakers
Socket wrench sets
Single-cut mill saw files
Resistance spot welding equipment
Pressure feed sandblasters
Portable welding machines
Pop rivet guns
Pneumatic smoothing hammers
Pneumatic panel crimpers
Pneumatic metal cutting guns
Pick pull rods
Metal inert gas MIG welders
Infrared IR paint curing units
Hydraulic automobile lifts
Hot air guns
High velocity low pressure HVLP spray equipment
Heavy duty inside spoons
General purpose spoons
Gas arc welding equipment
Frame alignment equipment
Double-edged cutter tools
Door skin dollies
Air pressure gauges
Adjustable widemouth pliers
Accounts receivable software
Appointment scheduling software
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Collision damage estimation software
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Equipment management information software
Materials management software
Paint mixing and matching software
Swan River Estimiser Pro
Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
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.
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.
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.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.