Auto Body Technician

Auto body technology technicians repair relatively minor vehicle damage. They have extensive automotive knowledge and perform construction and repair techniques, generally in auto repair collision shops. They perform repair-related tasks, such as collision repair estimating, auto painting, color analysis, and auto body welding. Their work environment is loud, indoors, and must be well-ventilated against fumes and dust.

Most employers prefer applicants who have completed formal training in automotive body repair. It is not a national requirement, certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) will lead entry-level workers to further job advancement.

Most auto body technicians work a 40-hour week, but scheduling can extend through the weekend. New repairers begin work on smaller automotive repair procedures before they progress to more complicated repairs, such as part replacement and installation, frame measurement and straightening, and the use of hydraulic machinery which uses fluid power to operate.

Auto Body Technicians:

  • As entry-level workers improve their skills and earn certification through continuing education, their pay increases.
  • Certification by the ASE is voluntary, but labels a worker as an experienced auto body repairer.
  • Auto body repairers can be self-employed, work in auto body repair shops, dealerships, and wholesalers.

Auto body technicians have a broad range of knowledge in auto body repair, and continue to learn through on-the-job-training and earning certification. New repairers work on smaller tasks, then advance to more complex procedures. They perform all repair-related tasks, and approximately 62 percent of them are employed in auto body shops. The demand for auto body technology will mean that workers will need to constantly learn through classes and seminars. The job outlook and advancement is best for workers with formal education.

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