Automotive Body & Related Repairers

Auto Body

Automotive body and related repairers repair and replace damaged vehicle bodies, such as fenders, hoods, and roofs
Auto Body
Love shiny, glossy perfection? Fixing dents and auto-bodies can be a rewarding, flexible career buffing out dings and dents!
Why Should You Consider This Career?
That's $3,300 per bi-weekly paycheck
That's 2000 new jobs in Utah per year (30% growth)
Less Physical                                         More Physical
Less Training                                          More Training
More Structure                                     Less Structure
Auto Body Man, Auto Body Repair Technician (Auto Body Repair Tech), Auto Body Repairman, Automotive Body Technician (Auto Body Tech), Body Man, Body Technician (Body Tech), Collision Repair Technician (Collision Repair Tech), Collision Technician (Collision Tech), Frame Man, Refinish Technician (Refinish Tech
At A Glance in US
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398,000 (35%)
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398,000 (35%)
398,000 (35%)
Auto Body Man, Auto Body Repair Technician (Auto Body Repair Tech), Auto Body Repairman, Automotive Body Technician (Auto Body Tech), Body Man, Body Technician (Body Tech), Collision Repair Technician (Collision Repair Tech), Collision Technician (Collision Tech), Frame Man, Refinish Technician (Refinish Tech
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Your Typical Day:

  • File, grind, sand, and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
  • 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.
  • Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
  • Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
  • 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.
  • Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.
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Your Responsibilities

  • Smooth surfaces of objects or equipment.
  • Inspect completed work to ensure proper functioning.
  • Install vehicle parts or accessories.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Paint surfaces or equipment.
  • Receive information or instructions for performing work assignments.
  • Apply protective coverings to objects or surfaces near work areas.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Cut materials according to specifications or needs.
  • Remove dents from equipment, materials, tools or structures.
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Knowledge You Will Learn

  • Mechanical

Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. 65/100

  • Customer and Personal Service

Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. 56/100

  • Production and Processing

Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods. 53/100

  • Mathematics

Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications. 50/100

  • English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. 49/100

  • Transportation

Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits. 49/100

  • Engineering and Technology

Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services. 44/100

  • Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. 39/100

  • Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. 38/100

  • Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. 37/100

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Tools of the Trade

  • Trim or molding tools
  • Pullers
  • Pneumatic hammer
  • Power buffers
  • Shears
  • Metal cutters
  • Rivet tools
  • Hammers
  • Blow torch
  • Wheel alignment equipment
  • Pressure indicators
  • Welding masks
  • Pressure or steam cleaners
  • Spot welding machine
  • Pneumatic sanding machines
  • Protective hood
  • Welding electrode
  • Workshop cranes
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge
  • Mill saw file
  • Knife blades
  • Paint application system
  • Stencils or lettering aids
  • Drill press or radial drill
  • Welding or cutting tip
  • Calipers
  • Welder torch
  • Razor knives
  • Manual press brake
  • Jacks
  • Welding or soldering kit
  • Utility knives
  • Soldering iron
  • S hooks
  • Socket sets
  • Squares
  • Infrared lamps
  • Protective gloves
  • Pitch measuring instruments
  • Lifts
  • Power grinders
  • Goggles
  • Stamping dies or punches
  • Rasps
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts
  • Fluorescent lamps
  • Pneumatic press
  • Telescoping gauge
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
  • Wire brushes
  • Heat guns
  • Metal inert gas welding machine
  • Power sanders
  • Paint sprayers
  • Welding generator
  • Power saws
  • Spatulas
  • Chisel bit
  • Depth gauges
  • Micrometers
  • Air compressors
  • Screwdrivers
  • Cold chisels
  • Grease guns
  • Pneumatic grinders
  • Ratchets
  • Suction cups
  • Respirators
  • Pry bars
  • Hoists
  • Nut drivers
  • Safety glasses
  • Anvils
  • Power drills
  • Sanding blocks
  • Impact wrenches
  • Digital cameras
  • Wedges
  • Height gauges
  • Laser printers
  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Desktop computers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Feeler gauges
  • Personal computers
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