Repairs and refinishes automotive vehicle bodies and straightens vehicle frames.
This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance pathway.
A person in this career:
- Follows supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.
- Reviews damage reports, prepares or reviews repair cost estimates, and plans work to be performed.
- Sands body areas to be painted and covers bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.
- Fits and welds replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grinds down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools.
- Primes and paints repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
- Removes damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and installs replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.
- Chains or clamps frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
- Fills small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
- Files, grinds, sands, and smooths filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
- Removes upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
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