Auto Body Repair Career Info
AUTO BODY REPAIR JOB DESCRIPTION:
Automotive body and related repairers refinish and repair automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames; they use special equipment to restore damaged metal frames and body sections. Repairers chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
SKILLS REQUIRED FOR AN AUTO BODY REPAIR CAREER:
Fully skilled automotive body repairers must have good reading and basic mathematics and computer skills; they must follow instructions and diagrams in technical manuals to make very precise three-dimensional measurements of the position of one body section relative to another; they must understand design techniques and know how to use tools involved in production of plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
In 2002, Median hourly earnings of automotive body and related repairers, including incentive pay, were $15.71. The average hourly earnings were $8.70 – $27.10.
Employment of automotive body repairers is expected to grow as fast as the average through all occupations through the year 2012. In 2002, Automotive body and related repairers held about 220,000 jobs.