Auto Body Repair technicians fix everything from small scratches in a car’s finish to major damage following an accident. In this program, you will learn to repair newer vehicles and restore older cars to their original condition.
Students completing the Auto Body Repair program may seek employment as Auto Body Technicians, Insurance Appraisers, Auto Glass Installers, Automotive Paint Technicians, etc. Many student seek employment as general Auto Body Technicians, where you may be responsible for repairing or refinishing automotive bodies, or straighten vehicle frames.
As a general Auto Body Technician, day-to-day tasks 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 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 spray guns and motorized sanders.