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Automotive Body and Related Repairers
SOC Code: 49-3021.00

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

Sample of reported job titles: Auto Body Man, Auto Body Repair Technician, Auto Body Repairer, Auto Body Repairman, Auto Body Technician, Autobody Technician, Automotive Painter, Body and Frame Man, Body Man, Body Technician

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.

Technology Skills

  • Accounting software - Accounts receivable software
  • Analytical or scientific software - Collision damage estimation software; Collision damage measurement software; Paint mixing and matching software; Swan River Estimiser Pro
  • Calendar and scheduling software - Appointment scheduling software
  • Data base user interface and query software - AutoZone ALLDATA; Equipment management information software
  • Inventory management software - Materials management software
  • Operating system software - Microsoft Windows
  • Point of sale POS software - Automotive and Accounting Software by R*KOM Invoice Writer

Tools Used

  • Adjustable widemouth pliers
  • Adjustable wrenches
  • Air compressors
  • Anvils
  • Blow torch - Blow torches; Oxyacetylene torches
  • Calipers - Vernier calipers
  • Chisel bit - Spot weld breakers
  • Cold chisels
  • Depth gauges
  • Desktop computers
  • Dial indicator or dial gauge - Dial indicators
  • Digital cameras
  • Drill press or radial drill - Drill presses
  • Feeler gauges
  • Fluorescent lamps - Fluorescent lights
  • Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus - Gas arc welding equipment
  • Goggles - Welding goggles
  • Grease guns
  • Hammers - Dent hammers; Pick hammers
  • Heat guns - Hot air guns
  • Height gauges
  • Hoists
  • Impact wrenches
  • Infrared lamps - Infrared IR paint curing units
  • Jacks - Hydraulic jacks
  • Knife blades - Double-edged blades
  • Laser printers
  • Lifts - Hydraulic automobile lifts
  • Manual press brake - Hand brakes
  • Metal cutters - Double-edged cutter tools; Panel cutters; Pneumatic metal cutting guns
  • Metal inert gas welding machine - Metal inert gas MIG welders
  • Micrometers
  • Mill saw file - Single-cut mill saw files
  • Nut drivers
  • Paint application system - Spray booths
  • Paint sprayers - High velocity low pressure HVLP spray equipment
  • Personal computers
  • Pitch measuring instruments - Pitch gauges
  • Pneumatic grinders
  • Pneumatic hammer - Air chisels; Air hammers; Pneumatic hammers; Pneumatic smoothing hammers
  • Pneumatic press - Pneumatic panel crimpers
  • Pneumatic sanding machines - Pressure feed sandblasters; Suction feed sandblasters
  • Power buffers - Buffing machines; Machine polishers; Portable buffers
  • Power drills
  • Power grinders - Grinders
  • Power sanders - Media blasters
  • Power saws - Body saws
  • Pressure indicators - Air pressure gauges; Pressure gauges
  • Pressure or steam cleaners - Pressure washers; Steam cleaning equipment
  • Protective gloves - Safety gloves
  • Pry bars
  • Pullers - Pick pull rods; Pull rods; Slide hammers; T pullers
  • Punches or nail sets or drifts - Power punches
  • Rasps - Surforms
  • Ratchets
  • Razor knives - Scrapers
  • Respirators
  • Rivet tools - Pop rivet guns; Rivet busters
  • S hooks - S-hooks
  • Safety glasses
  • Safety hoods
  • Sanding blocks
  • Screwdrivers
  • Shears - Foot shears; Hand shears; Power shears
  • Socket sets - Socket wrench sets
  • Soldering iron - Soldering equipment
  • Spatulas - Bondo spreaders
  • Spot welding machine - Portable welding machines; Resistance spot welding equipment
  • Squares - Alignment squares
  • Stamping dies or punches - Punches
  • Stencils or lettering aids - Paint stencils
  • Suction cups
  • Telescoping gauge - Telescoping gauges
  • Trim or molding tools - Crown spoons; Door skin dollies; Toe dollies; Universal railroad dollies (see all 9 examples)
  • Tungsten inert gas welding machine - Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment
  • Utility knives - Windshield knives
  • Wedges
  • Welder torch - Brazing equipment
  • Welding electrode - Welding electrodes
  • Welding generator - Weld current controllers
  • Welding masks - Welding helmets; Welding hoods
  • Welding or cutting tip - Welding tips
  • Welding or soldering kit - Stud welder kits
  • Wheel alignment equipment - Alignment machines; Frame alignment equipment
  • Wire brushes - Stainless steel brushes
  • Workshop cranes - Hydraulic cranes

Knowledge

  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Skills

  • Repairing - Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation and Control - Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
  • Control Precision - The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Trunk Strength - The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
  • Visualization - The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Depth Perception - The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
  • Far Vision - The ability to see details at a distance.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Multilimb Coordination - The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Static Strength - The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
  • Visual Color Discrimination - The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.

Interests

  • Interest code: R
    • 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.

Work Context

  • Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls - 89% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate - 78% responded “Extremely important.”
  • Spend Time Standing - 73% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Exposed to Contaminants - 80% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets - 56% responded “Every day.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Conditions - 63% responded “Every day.”
  • Time Pressure - 43% responded “Every day.”
  • Freedom to Make Decisions - 40% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results - 56% responded “Very important results.”
  • Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection - 44% responded “Every day.”
  • Contact With Others - 42% responded “Constant contact with others.”
  • Exposed to Hazardous Equipment - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Face-to-Face Discussions - 46% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body - 46% responded “Continually or almost continually.”
  • Frequency of Decision Making - 52% responded “Every day.”
  • Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling - 49% responded “About half the time.”
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work - 37% responded “A lot of freedom.”
  • Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings - 39% responded “Every day.”
  • Duration of Typical Work Week - 68% responded “40 hours.”
  • Work With Work Group or Team - 33% responded “Important.”
  • In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions - 32% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.”
  • Spend Time Walking and Running - 28% responded “About half the time.”
  • Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled - 45% responded “Every day.”
  • Level of Competition - 29% responded “Extremely competitive.”

Education

Percentage of RespondentsEducation Level Required
44%High school diploma or equivalent
28%Post-secondary certificate
25%Less than high school diploma

Work Styles

  • 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.
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
  • 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.
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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.

Wages & Trends

  • Median wages (2017)
    • $20.18 hourly, $41,970 annual
  • Employment (2016)
    • 160,000 employees
  • Projected growth (2016-2026)
    • Average (5% to 9%)
  • Projected job openings (2016-2026)
    • 17,100

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