Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Description

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

Tasks

  • Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.
  • Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.
  • Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.
  • Fit and weld replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools.
  • Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
  • Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.
  • Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
  • Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
  • File, grind, sand and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
  • Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
  • Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
  • Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
  • Adjust or align headlights, wheels, and brake systems.
  • Cut and tape plastic separating film to outside repair areas to avoid damaging surrounding surfaces during repair procedure, and remove tape and wash surfaces after repairs are complete.
  • Remove small pits and dimples in body metal using pick hammers and punches.
  • Fit and secure windows, vinyl roofs, and metal trim to vehicle bodies, using caulking guns, adhesive brushes, and mallets.
  • Remove damaged panels, and identify the family and properties of the plastic used on a vehicle.
  • Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.
  • Apply heat to plastic panels, using hot-air welding guns or immersion in hot water, and press the softened panels back into shape by hand.
  • Inspect repaired vehicles for proper functioning, completion of work, dimensional accuracy, and overall appearance of paint job, and test drive vehicles to ensure proper alignment and handling.
  • Read specifications or confer with customers to determine the desired custom modifications for altering the appearance of vehicles.
  • Measure and mark vinyl material and cut material to size for roof installation, using rules, straightedges, and hand shears.
  • Replace damaged glass on vehicles.
  • Soak fiberglass matting in resin mixtures, and apply layers of matting over repair areas to specified thicknesses.
  • Cut openings in vehicle bodies for the installation of customized windows, using templates and power shears or chisels.

Knowledge

Geography
Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
Sociology and Anthropology
Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Interests

Realistic
Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
Enterprising
Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional
Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
Investigative
Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Artistic
Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
Social
Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

Work Style

Attention to Detail
Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
Dependability
Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
Persistence
Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
Achievement/Effort
Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
Cooperation
Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
Integrity
Job requires being honest and ethical.
Initiative
Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Self Control
Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
Stress Tolerance
Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
Independence
Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.

Work Values

Support
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
Relationships
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.
Independence
Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Working Conditions
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
Achievement
Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
Recognition
Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.

Lay Titles

Antique Automobiles Repairer
Auto Body Builder Apprentice
Auto Body Customizer
Auto Body Detailer
Auto Body Man
Auto Body Mechanic
Auto Body Mechanic Apprentice
Auto Body Painter
Auto Body Repair Technician
Auto Body Repairer
Auto Body Repairman
Auto Body Service Mechanic
Auto Body Straightener
Auto Body Technician
Auto Body Worker
Auto Bumper Mechanic
Auto Bumper Straightener
Auto Customize Painter
Auto Rebuilder
Auto Refinisher
Auto Seat Cover Installer
Auto Slip Cover Installer
Auto Vinyl Top Installer
Automobile Body Customizer
Automobile Body Repairer
Automobile Painter
Automotive Metalsmith
Automotive Painter
Automotive Refinisher
Body and Fender Mechanic
Body and Fender Mechanic Apprentice
Body and Fender Worker
Body and Frame Man
Body and Frame Technician
Body Builder Apprentice
Body Bumper
Body Mechanic
Body Mechanic Apprentice
Body Painter
Body Sander
Body Shop Floorperson
Body Shop Worker
Body Specialist
Body Straightener
Body Work Auto Trimmer
Body Worker
Bumper
Bumper and Painter
Bumper Straightener
Car Body Mechanic
Car Customizer
Car Refinisher
Collision Mechanic
Collision Technician
Collision Worker
Custom Car Builder
Dinger
Fender Mechanic
Fender Mechanic Apprentice
Fender Repairer
Fiberglass Autobody Repairer
Frame Straightener
Mechanical and Auto Body Car Checker
Metal Bumper
Metal Worker
Painter and Body Mechanic Apprentice
Painter and Body Work
Panel Beater
Rattle, Leak, and Squeak Repairer
Service Mechanic
Shop Assistant
Trim Mechanic
Truck Body Builder
Truck Body Builder Apprentice
Truck Body Repairer

National Wages and Employment Info

Median Wages (2008):
$18.45 hourly, $38,380 annual.
Employment (2008):
135,610 employees