Students completing the Auto Body Repair program may seek employment as Auto Body Technicians, Insurance Appraisers, Auto Glass Installers, Automotive Paint Technicians, etc. Many students seek employment as general Auto Body Technicians, where they may be responsible for repairing or refinishing automotive bodies, or straightening vehicle frames.
General day-to-day tasks for an Auto Body Technician might include:
- 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. 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 spray guns and motorized sanders.
Arkansas Median Salary: $37,840
National Median Salary: $41,970
10 Year Projected Employment Demand: 9% Increase
*Bureau of Labor Statistics accessed through https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3021.00