Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

Median Annual Wage: $40,320

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (44%); Post-secondary certificate (28%); Less than high school diploma (25%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Auto Body Technician; Body Man; Auto Body Man; Body Technician; Auto Body Repairman; Automotive Painter; Auto Body Repair Technician; Auto Body Repairer; Autobody Technician; Body and Frame Man

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Body and Related Repairers.

More Installation, Maintenance, and Repair Careers

  • Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.
  • Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.
  • 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 sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.
  • Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
  • Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
  • Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
  • File, grind, sand, and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
  • Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
  • Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
  • Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
  • Adjust or align headlights, wheels, and brake systems.
  • 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.
  • Remove small pits and dimples in body metal, using pick hammers and punches.
  • Fit and secure windows, vinyl roofs, and metal trim to vehicle bodies, using caulking guns, adhesive brushes, and mallets.
  • Remove damaged panels, and identify the family and properties of the plastic used on a vehicle.
  • Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.
  • 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.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Body and Related Repairers.

  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Troubleshooting - Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Automotive Body and Related Repairers.

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