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Automotive Body and Related Repairers

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Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
    • Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.
    • Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.
    • Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
    • 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.
    • Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
    • Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.
    • Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
    • Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.
    • Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
    • Remove small pits and dimples in body metal, using pick hammers and punches.
    • Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
    • Fit and secure windows, vinyl roofs, and metal trim to vehicle bodies, using caulking guns, adhesive brushes, and mallets.
    • Adjust or align headlights, wheels, and brake systems.
    • Replace damaged glass on vehicles.
    • Remove damaged panels, and identify the family and properties of the plastic used on a vehicle.
    • 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.
    • Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.
    • Read specifications or confer with customers to determine the desired custom modifications for altering the appearance of 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.
    • Measure and mark vinyl material and cut material to size for roof installation, using rules, straightedges, and hand shears.
    Skills
    • Repairing

      Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    • Troubleshooting

      Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Visualization

      The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.

    Knowledge
    • Mechanical

      Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $38,610/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.56/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,450
    • Yearly Projected Openings 640
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Realistic: 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
    Tools
    • Trim or molding tools
    • Shears
    • Pullers
    • Pneumatic hammer
    • Metal cutters
    Technology
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Analytical or scientific software
    • Accounting software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.