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Automotive Body & Related Repairers

Also called: Auto Body Man, Auto Body Technician (Auto Body Tech), Body Man, Body Technician (Body Tech)

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What they do:
Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
On the job, you would:
  • File, grind, sand, and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Knowledge

Engineering and Technology
  • mechanical
Business
  • customer service
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

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

Abilities

Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • hold or move items with your hands
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • order or arrange things

Personality

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
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Innovation
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Collision damage estimation software
  • Collision damage measurement software
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows Hot Technology
  • Palm OS
Data base user interface and query software
  • AutoZone ALLDATA
  • Equipment management information software

Education

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

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$42,730
$25,960
$71,970
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