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Working As A Body Shop Technician

  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Getting Information
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $40,970

    Average Salary

What Does A Body Shop Technician Do At Lithia Auto Stores

* Asa Body Shop Paint Technician you will be responsible for performing automotive paint repairs as assigned in accordance with manufacturer and insurance standards.
* Perform work as outlined on repair orders.
* Edge all parts immediately upon drop off by metal technician.
* Complete work in accordance with applicable safety requirements.
* Review work completed to ensure quality of paint job.
* Accurately record time spent on repairs utilizing company time clocking procedures.
* Document work performed on repair order.
* Use paint supplies and materials in a practical and economical manner.
* Body Shop Paint Tech
* Automotive Technician – Auto Tech – Automotive Mechanic

What Does A Body Shop Technician Do At Penske

* Perform the following repairs or replacements: Minor electrical system repairs, Surface preparation for refinishes, Minor Cab Accessory repair/ replacement, Minor Cargo Box repairs
* Pick up and delivery of vehicles
* Maintain work area appearance and safety
* Other projects and tasks as assigned by supervisor
* years of related experience (or an equivalent combination of related education and experience) required
* High School Diploma or equivalent required
* Vocational/technical school preferred
* Certification of completion of technical school specializing in the repair/refinish of all series of truck and trailer preferred
* Working knowledge of tools of trade (including welding equipment, paint equipment, shop machines, and power tools) required
* Current CDL with air brake certification or ability to obtain within 12 months of hire required
* Willingness to travel as necessary, work the required schedule, work at the specific location required, complete Penske employment application, submit to a background investigation (to include past employment, education, and criminal history) and drug screening are

What Does A Body Shop Technician Do At Texas Employer

* Examine damaged vehicles and estimate repair costs.
* Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical and hydraulic window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle body and fenders.
* Position dolly block against surface of dented area and beat opposite surface to remove dents, using hammer.
* Fill depressions with body filler.
* Remove damaged fenders, panels, and grills, using wrenches and cutting torch.
* Bolt or weld replacement parts in position, using wrenches or welding equipment.
* Straighten bent automobile frames, using a pneumatic frame straightening machine.
* File, grind and sand repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
* Aim headlights, align wheels, and bleed hydraulic brake system.
* Repair or replace defective mechanical parts.
* Must have driver's license to operate customer vehicles.
* Candidates must pass drug screen and background check.
* Convictions will be reviewed on a case by case basis; convictions will not necessarily bar a candidate's

What Does A Body Shop Technician Do At Asbury Corporate Office

* Approaches repair planning with a sense of urgency and detail to avoid waste and rework later in the process.
* De-trims and disassembles vehicles, putting parts on parts carts.
* Performs pre-pulls to make repair vs. replace decisions.
* Parts Procurement: Assists in identifying and sourcing parts as necessary.
* Uses good judgment in determining when damaged parts can be safely repaired for cost and cycle-time savings.
* Helps maintain parts/materials carts in an organized manner.
* Team Engagement & Problem
* Solving: Knows status of own vehicles and is open to others’ feedback on getting and keeping vehicles on schedule for on-time delivery.
* Helps problem-solve on vehicles assigned to other team members.
* Vehicle Repair: Performs quality repairs without passing on defects.
* Meets or exceeds the Collision Center's requirements for productivity as measured by hours per day for each repair order.
* Follows all quality control processes and meets the return rate target.
* Safe & Organized Workplace: Consistently utilizes all required safety equipment and follows proper repair procedures.
* Adheres to all requirements for hazardous waste disposal.
* Keeps personal work area organized and returns tools, materials and equipment to designated areas

What Does A Body Shop Technician Do At French Ellison Truck Center LLC

Prepares vehicles for body repair work Performs corrective and preventative maintenance on medium and heavy duty vehicles Troubleshoots various systems, to include electrical, drive train, HVAC, brake, engine, and suspension, identifies needed repairs and performs corrective action Writes up on the repair order an accurate, clear, and detailed description of the cause of failure and the repair procedure(s) used Primary Duties: Sand blasting vehicles to prepare them for painting Using a paint gun to prime vehicles for painting Uses diagnostic equipment to detect and isolate faults in medium and heavy duty vehicles and interprets test results Reads written fault description on Repair Order and determines the most efficient repair procedure Communicates with and provides Shop Foreman with accurate and detailed repair information for inclusion on the Repair Order

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How To Become A Body Shop Technician

Most employers prefer to hire automotive body and glass repairers who have completed a formal training program in automotive body or glass repair. Still, many new body and glass repairers begin work without formal training. Industry certification is increasingly important.


High school, trade and technical school, and community college programs in collision repair combine hands-on practice and technical instruction. Topics usually include electronics, repair cost estimation, and welding, all of which provide a strong educational foundation for a career as a body repairer. Although not required, postsecondary education often provides the best preparation.

Trade and technical school programs typically award certificates after 6 months to 1 year of study. Some community colleges offer 2-year programs in collision repair. Many of these schools also offer certificates for individual courses, so students can take classes part time or as needed.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification is recommended because it shows competence and usually brings higher pay. In some instances it is required for advancement beyond entry-level work.

Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is a standard credential for body repairers. In addition, many vehicle and paint manufacturers have product certification programs that train body repairers in specific technologies and repair methods.

A few states require a license to perform automotive glass installation and repair. Check with your state for more information.


New workers typically begin their on-the-job training by helping an experienced body repairer with basic tasks, such as fixing minor dents. As they gain experience, they move on to more complex work, such as aligning car frames. Some body repairers may become trained in as little as 1 year, but they generally need 2 or 3 years of hands-on training to become fully independent body repairers. 

Basic automotive glass installation and repair can be learned in as little as 6 months, but becoming fully independent can take up to a year of training.

Formally educated workers often require significantly less on-the-job training and typically advance to independent work more quickly than those who do not have the same level of education.

Throughout their careers, body repairers need to continue their education and training to keep up with rapidly changing automotive technology. Body repairers are expected to develop their skills by reading technical manuals and by attending classes and seminars. Many employers regularly send workers to advanced training programs, such as those offered by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).


Automotive body and glass repairers earn more money as they gain experience, and some may advance into management positions within body shops, especially those workers with 2- or 4-year degrees.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. Automotive body and glass repairers must be able to evaluate vehicle damage and determine necessary repair strategies. In some cases, they must decide if a vehicle is “totaled,” or too damaged to justify the cost of repair.

Customer-service skills. Automotive body and glass repairers must discuss auto body and glass problems, along with options to fix them, with customers. Workers must be courteous, good listeners, and ready to answer customers’ questions.

Detail oriented. Automotive body and glass repairers must pay close attention to detail. Restoring a damaged auto body or windshield to its original state requires workers to have a keen eye for even the smallest imperfection. 

Dexterity. Many body repairers’ tasks, such as removing door panels, hammering out dents, and using hand tools to install parts, require a steady hand and good hand-eye coordination.

Mechanical skills. Body repairers must know which diagnostic, hydraulic, pneumatic, and other power equipment and tools are appropriate for certain procedures and repairs. They must know how to apply the correct techniques and methods necessary to repair modern automobiles.

Physical strength. Automotive body and glass repairers must sometimes lift heavy parts, such as door panels and windshields.

Time-management skills. Automotive body and glass repairers must be timely in their repairs. For many people, their automobile is their primary mode of transportation.

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  • Spanish


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Top Body Shop Technician Skills

  1. Replacement Parts
  2. Body Shop
  3. Prep Vehicles
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Remove damaged sections of vehicles and install replacement parts.
  • Keep body shop manager and customer up to date on progress of repairs.
  • Help the painter prep vehicles such as prime, sand and clean the car off good.
  • Wet sanding and buffing new paint as well as damaged paint.
  • Removed and reinstalled damaged automotive body panels using all necessary methods.

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