Autobody repairers are tasked with repairing bodies of automobiles, such as modifying paint and filling spaces with plastic and fiber. They use specialized equipment and tools to repair autobody parts, and also use protective gear such as boots, goggles, gloves, and face masks to protect against harmful substances.
Autobody repairers should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time and carry heavy objects on a regular basis, and must also be proficient with paint color codes and and fiber fillers. Their duties include cleaning parts, preparing the work area, and verifying necessary repairs, and they may use tools such as pliers and screwdrivers. They should be familiar with different primers and finishers after painting and should work well in a team setting with other autobody professionals to reach objectives in a timely manner, and they should also be organized and pay close attention to detail to meet clients' expectations.
Autobody repairers may assemble and disassemble different autobody parts for better repair and handling, and they also help calculate repair costs and remove auto components, seats, and electrical parts to complete tasks. Welding experience is highly beneficial to join parts after trimming, and they also repair frames and modify auto parts to create new bodies. They also use a personal computer to look for parts, find paint codes from auto manufacturers, and research new repair techniques.
A high school diploma is generally required for this position, and prior experience is highly beneficial and also required by some employers. Industry certifications are also helpful.
Repairer Autobody 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.