Automotive Body Repairer  What They Do

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Automotive Body and Related Repairers Career Video

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.

Insider Info

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Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to conditions such as high voltage electricity, combustibles, explosives, and chemicals more than once a month
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Work in this occupation involves kneeling, crouching, stooping, and/or crawling more than one-third of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Identifying color and seeing differences in color, including shades and brightness
  • Judging how far away an object is, or which of several objects is closer or farther away
  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

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  • Auto Body Technician (Auto Body Tech) --
  • Refinish Technician (Refinish Tech) --
  • Frame Man --
  • Collision Technician (Collision Tech) --
  • Body Technician (Body Tech) --
  • Auto Body Repair Technician (Auto Body Repair Tech) --
  • Collision Repair Technician (Collision Repair Tech) --