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Working As An Auto Body Technician

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Stressful

  • $37,850

    Average Salary

What Does An Auto Body Technician Do At Allstate Insurance

* Customer Service Makes and maintains a connection with the customer by understanding and meeting their needs; serves the customer with empathy; and follows up to ensure that customer needs have been met Assesses Vehicles Conducts collision damage input, including complete and accurate blueprinting of damaged vehicles Provides detailed estimate of repairs to management and customers Repairs Vehicles Conducts authorized auto body repairs on damaged vehicles Brings vehicles up to manufacturer specifications Notifies management and the customer if any additional repairs are needed Regulatory Compliance Follows federal, state, and company regulations regarding safety and emission standards Complies with any laws and regulations affecting paint, thinners, and other hazardous materials Job Qualifications High school diploma or GED required Five years working experience in auto body collision repair Knowledge in exterior body panel straightening, bumper cover repairs, 3 dimensional measuring, and structural repairs Ability to assess vehicle collision damage Experience in MIG and resistance spot welding Gaining general knowledge of business area's processes including best practices in order to support the area's projects, products and services Gaining ability to leverage learned technical skills in support of team objectives Achievement of results is limited to impact some of the unit's objectives Effective communication in working with others in everyday situations and ability to interact effectively with internal and external customers Employee is receptive to coaching from leaders and peers and displays reasonable application of the Company's Organizational Leadership Principles.
* Must have valid Driver---s License The candidate(s) offered this position will be required to submit to a background investigation, which includes a drug screen.
* Good Work.
* Good Life.
* Good Hands
* As a Fortune 100 company and industry leader, we provide a competitive salary but thats just the beginning.
* Our Total Rewards package also offers benefits like tuition assistance, medical and dental insurance, as well as a robust pension and 401(k).
* Plus, youll have access to a wide variety of programs to help you balance your work and personal life -- including a generous paid time off policy.
* Learn more about life at Allstate.
* Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn or watch a video.
* Allstate generally does not sponsor individuals for employment-based visas for this position.
* Effective July 1, 2014, under Indiana House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1242, it is against public policy of the State of Indiana and a discriminatory practice for an employer to discriminate against a prospective employee on the basis of status as a veteran by refusing to employ an applicant on the basis that they are a veteran of the armed forces of the United States, a member of the Indiana National Guard or a member of a reserve component.
* For jobs in San Francisco, please see the notice regarding the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.
* For jobs in Los Angeles, please seethe notice regarding the Los Angeles Ordinance.
* It is the policy of Allstate to employ the best qualified individuals available for all jobs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender expression, disability, and citizenship status as a veteran with a disability or veteran of the Vietnam Era

What Does An Auto Body Technician Do At Cherokee Collision Center LLC

* Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies
* File, grind, sand and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
* Sand body areas to be painted
* Cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint
* Remove damaged sections of vehicles
* Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint spray guns and motorized sanders.
* Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
* Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder

What Does An Auto Body Technician Do At San Patricio Collision

* File, grind, sand and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
* 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.
* 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.
* Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
* 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.
* Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.
* Other duties as assigned.
* Must be 18 years or older with a valid Texas driver's

What Does An Auto Body Technician Do At Ryder System

* Performs standard vehicle maintenance
* Performs preventive maintenance
* Performs complex repairs with minimal (if any) support.
* Demonstrate the ability to access and use internal and external maintenance documents
* Diagnoses and repairs complex mechanical and electronic problems with minimal (if any) support, utilizing diagnostic computers/software when applicable.
* Performs remote triage to with RCRC and customers to determine best solution to assist roadside breakdowns.
* Performs facility maintenance duties
* Interacts with customers/drivers to properly determine nature of complaint once assigned a task.
* Instructs and advises other technicians regarding maintenance repair procedures and diagnostics
* Coaches/Mentors other level technicians
* Advise shop management and other technicians on shop repairs
* Utilizes key functions of Shop Management System and electronic documentation available
* Works in accordance with all federal/ provincial and corporate compliance guidelines (i.e., safety, DOT, MOT)
* Other support duties as required to support operations.
* These could include but are not limited to Service Island support.
* Ryder is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free workplace.
* All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability._

What Does An Auto Body Technician Do At Ronan Body Shop

* Auto body repair, replacement, windshield repair and replacement, frame straightening, welding and any other duty necessary to perform vehicle repair on a case by case basis.
* Applicant must be willing to clean up after him/herself and be a team player.
* Successful applicants with electrical ability may be asked to perform stereo installations, trailer brake controllers, trailer wiring, etc.
* Work may include lifting up to 75 lbs.
* DAYS/HOURS: 8:00a.m. to 5:00p.m.
* Monday
* Friday

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How To Become An Auto Body Technician

Employers prefer that automotive service technicians and mechanics complete a formal training program at a postsecondary institution. Industry certification is usually required once the person is employed.


High school courses in automotive repair, electronics, computers, and mathematics provide a good background for prospective service technicians. However, high school graduates typically need further training to become fully qualified.

Completing a vocational or other postsecondary education program in automotive service technology is considered the best preparation for entry-level positions. Programs usually last 6 months to a year and provide intensive career preparation through classroom instruction and hands-on practice. Short-term certificate programs in a particular subject, such as brake maintenance or engine performance, are also available.

Some service technicians get an associate’s degree. Courses usually include mathematics, electronics, and automotive repair. Some programs add classes in customer service and other necessary skills.

Various automobile manufacturers and dealers sponsor associate’s degree programs. Students in these programs typically spend alternating periods attending classes full time and working full time in service shops under the guidance of an experienced technician.


Service technicians who have graduated from postsecondary programs in automotive service technology generally require little on-the-job training.

Those who have not completed postsecondary education, however, generally start as trainee technicians, technicians’ helpers, or lubrication workers. They gradually acquire more knowledge and experience by working with experienced mechanics and technicians.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires all technicians who buy or work with refrigerants to be certified in proper refrigerant handling. No formal test preparation is required, but many trade schools, unions, and employer associations offer training programs designed for the EPA exam.

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is the standard credential for service technicians. Certification demonstrates competence and usually brings higher pay. Many employers require their service technicians to become certified.

ASE certification is available in nine different automobile specialty areas: automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, light vehicle diesel engines, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air-conditioning, manual drive train and axles, and suspension and steering.

To become certified, technicians must have at least 2 years of experience (or relevant schooling and 1 year of experience) and pass an exam. Technicians who achieve certification in all of the foregoing areas (light vehicle diesel engine certification is not required) may earn ASE Master Technician status.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Service technicians must discuss automotive problems—along with options to fix them—with their customers. Because workers may depend on repeat clients for business, they must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Service technicians must be aware of small details when inspecting or repairing vehicle systems, because mechanical and electronic malfunctions are often due to misalignments or other easy-to-miss causes.

Dexterity. Service technicians perform many tasks that require steady hands and good hand-eye coordination, such as assembling or attaching components and subassemblies.

Mechanical skills. Service technicians must be familiar with engine components and systems and know how they interact with each other. They often must take apart major parts for repairs and be able to put them back together properly.

Organizational skills. Service technicians must keep workspaces clean and organized in order to maintain safety and ensure accountability of parts.

Physical strength. Service technicians must sometimes lift and maneuver heavy parts such as engines and body panels.

Troubleshooting skills. Service technicians must be able to use diagnostic equipment on engine systems and components in order to identify and fix problems in increasingly complicated mechanical and electronic systems. They must be familiar with electronic control systems and the appropriate tools needed to fix and maintain them.

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Auto Body Technician Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Portuguese

  • Dakota

  • German

  • Cherokee

  • Russian

  • Carrier

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Real Auto Body Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Auto Body Technician King St. Collision Silver Spring, MD Apr 14, 2008 $55,723
Auto Body Technician Unique Auto Body Inc. Midvale, UT Mar 28, 2011 $47,479 -
Auto Body Tech Ben Clymer's The Body Shop Riverside, CA Sep 11, 2015 $46,738
Auto Body Technician Unique Auto Body Inc. Midvale, UT Mar 09, 2009 $43,827 -
Auto Body Technician City Transport MGMT .Inc. NY Oct 27, 2015 $41,600
Auto Body Technician Carlos Paint & Body Shop TX Aug 05, 2013 $40,801
Auto Body Technician Richmond View Auto Collision, Inc. New York, NY Mar 02, 2010 $40,655
Auto Body Tech Ben Clymer's The Body Shop Riverside, CA Apr 21, 2011 $38,709
Auto Body Tech Ben Clymer's The Body Shop Riverside, CA Dec 08, 2011 $38,709

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Top Skills for An Auto Body Technician


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Top Auto Body Technician Skills

  1. Customer Vehicles
  2. New Parts
  3. Auto Body Tech
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed auto body work on rental vehicles, insurance claims and any other customer vehicles.
  • Scrutinized and repaired automotive parts by taking away the entire damaged car component and replaced by new parts.
  • Joined used car dealership as Mechanic and Auto Body Technician.
  • Certified in I-car and Chief EZ liner repairs.
  • Performed wide range of mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, and auto body Repairs including welding and brazing.

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Auto Body Technician Videos

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A Day in the Life" of a Panel or Paint Technician"