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Working As A 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 A Body Technician Do At Texas Employer

* Examines damaged vehicle and efficiently plans repair process.
* Works and communicates with others on vehicle repair status.
* Performs quality repairs while keeping on-time status in mind.
* Makes decisions on repair vs. replace considering safety, cost and cycle time.
* Removes upholstery, accessories, electrical and hydraulic window operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle and fenders.
* Participates in all required safety meetings.
* Files, grinds, and sands repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
* Directs the work of an apprentice in the performance of tasks when needed, i.e., unusual problems or questions and explains procedures to assistant

What Does A Body Technician Do At Northside Ford

* Essential Duties include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned.
* Repairs vehicles per estimate and according to manufacturer standards.
* Checks parts against estimate and ensures proper parts are ordered and received.
* Prepares vehicles for body repair work.
* Notifies management of any additional repairs needed.
* Notifies management of any difficulties or problems that may prevent a quality job from being performed or cause a change in the promised time.
* Maintains tools and equipment in a proper state of repair.
* Maintains and wears all required safety and health personal protective equipment, including respirator, in the manner recommended by the equipment manufacturer.
* Complies with all laws and regulations pertaining to paint, thinners, and other hazardous materials.
* Reports any deviations to management.
* Cooperates and assists other personnel in the repair and prepping of vehicles.
* Understands, keeps abreast of, and complies with federal, state, and local regulations that affect body shop operations, such as hazardous waste disposal, OSHA Right-to
* Know, etc.
* Operates all tools and equipment in a safe manner.
* Completes ICAR classes, working toward ICAR Gold Status as required.
* Required Skills

What Does A Body 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 Nalley BMW Collision’s requirements for productivity as measured by hours per day for each repair order
* Follows Nalley 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 Technician Do At Ron Marhofer Auto Family

* Determine and repair damaged parts
* Communicate status of repairs clearly to Body Shop Manager
* Communicate with parts department to obtain necessary parts
* Document all repairs performed
* Document all materials used
* Maintain work area in a clean and orderly manner
* Follow all company safety procedures
* Understand and follow federal, state, and local regulations such as the disposal of hazardous waste

What Does A Body Technician Do At Express Employment Professionals

* Must have his own hand tools to disassemble medium and heavy duty trucks for paint
* Must have his own 6" sander
* Sand and mask vehicles for paint
* Use a paint gun to prime vehicles for painting
* Communicates with and provides shop foreman with accurate and detailed information for the inclusion on the Repair order
* Assist other technicians as needed
* Assist with general cleaning
* Formula technical training degree, certificate, diploma or equivalent work exp.
* Ability to weld is a plus, but not required
* Ability to work in a environment that contains dust from the sanding and possible paint fumes
* Ability to work 8
* hour days, including overtime hours as needed Apply Monday
* Thursday (9am
* pm) & Friday (9am
* pm) 2820 SPID #114 CC, TX 78415 Please bring 2 forms of ID, and allow at least 2 hours to spend with us.
* Come join the Express TEAM! All Express employees are eligible for Medical, Vision, Dental, Short-term Disability, Term Life Insurance! Holidays & Vacation

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How To Become A 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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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

  • Polish

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Chinese

  • German

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Top Body Technician Skills

  1. Vehicle Bodies
  2. New Parts
  3. Estimate Preparation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Fix damaged vehicle bodies and parts.
  • Check new parts for proper fit and install parts on the vehicle as required to complete job assignment.
  • General automotive repair including mechanical and auto body repair.
  • Replace, repair, and bump out damaged bodies and parts of automotive vehicles.
  • Wet sand, buff, touch up paint work, and applied undercoating.

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Body Technician Videos

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