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Automotive Body & Related Repairers

Also called: Auto Body Man, Auto Body Technician, Body Man, Body Technician

Where in the Army? In the Army: Allied Trades Specialist; OH-58D Helicopter Repairer; Observation/Scout Helicopter Repairer (RC)

What they do:
Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • group things in different ways


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Persistence
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Cooperation
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • AutoZone ALLDATA
  • Equipment management information software
Accounting software
  • Accounts receivable software
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows


Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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