Vehicle Body RepairerJob Description:
Vehicle body repairers mend damaged vehicle parts and bodywork using metalworking and finishing techniques.Job Category:
What you will do:
On a typical day you could:
- assess damage and decide how to repair it
- remove damaged panels or parts for repair
- smooth out minor dents in panels
- fill small holes or rusted areas with filler
- make body panels and sections, and weld them into place
- refinish the repair to match surrounding areas
- keep a record of all work completed to show customers
- the ability to use, repair and maintain machines and tools
- the ability to repair machines or systems
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As well as:
To become a Vehicle Body Repairer, specific subjects are not typically required, but a solid education in relevant subjects can be beneficial. The key to becoming a successful Vehicle Body Repairer is gaining practical experience and skills in auto body repair and refinishing. Here are some steps you can take, along with suggested subjects:
- Mathematics: While not mandatory, having a good understanding of mathematics can be beneficial, especially for taking measurements and making accurate calculations in repair work.
- Design and Technology: Subjects related to design and technology can provide you with a foundation in materials, tools, and processes used in vehicle body repair.
- Engineering: Engineering subjects may offer insights into the structural aspects of vehicles and how they are repaired and modified.
- Physics: Understanding basic physics principles can be helpful when dealing with collision repair and the dynamics of vehicle components.
- Art: Developing an eye for detail, symmetry, and aesthetics can be advantageous for refinishing and painting work on vehicles.
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- applying directly
You could do a college course that would give you some of the skills and knowledge you’ll need.
In the UK, for example, courses include:
- Certificate in Vehicle Body and Paint Operations
- Diploma in Accident Repair Paint
- Diploma in Vehicle Accident Repair Body Principles
- Level in Maintenance, Installation and Repair for Engineering and Manufacturing
You can also take broader courses in vehicle maintenance and repair.
You can complete an intermediate and advanced apprenticeship in vehicle body and paint.
You can also do an accident and repair, vehicle damage panel technician or vehicle damage paint technician advanced apprenticeship.
You can apply for jobs in body repair if you’ve got experience and a qualification in motor mechanics or vehicle paint spraying.
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical week consists of 42-44 hours of work. You could be required to work evenings/weekends on shifts.
You could work in a workshop or at a garage. You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could become a lead fitter or technician, or move into supervisory and body-shop management positions in larger firms. You could also work as a vehicle damage assessor for a repair workshop or an insurance firm.
You could also set up your own business and move into mobile repair.