An automotive body repairer works to repair damage to car bodies caused by either an accident or simple fatigue. Generally, experience is required for this job, and some jobs might require technical schooling in the field in addition to experience and a high school diploma.
In some shops, the automotive repairer will also be the person who handles cost and time estimates for clients. Those in this position should be able to repair dents and fiberglass parts, straighten bent parts, replace auto exterior parts, and paint cars. Disassembling and putting the parts back into place is necessary for many jobs, so the automotive repairer should be familiar with these techniques.
Another duty is mixing paint; the automotive repairer may have to see a full spectrum of color to ensure that the paint color is accurate.This job requires the use of power tools to perform duties such as sanding and spray painting, and welding is another useful skill.
The goal of the job, simply put, is to restore the car and make it look like new. This job is physically demanding, so there may be some minor physical requirements. Work is carried out in an environment that is often noisy and may contain toxic fumes, but may also occur outside depending on the season and location. Patience and attention to detail are essential, as the job's success may often depend on customer satisfaction.
Automotive Body Repairer Tasks
Review and evaluate work orders, identifying where additional information or safety changes are needed.
Coordinate with parts and inventory clerks to limit delays and improve efficiency of repairs.
Repair damaged vehicles by removing damage and replacing parts.
Perform maintenance tasks like replacing head lamps, testing shocks, evaluating brakes, etc.