Auto Body Repairers 

Motor vehicle body repairers repair and restore damaged motor vehicle parts and the interior/exterior finish of vehicles. Metal repairers repair vehicle body damage in assembly plants.

Work: Workers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties: , Review damage report and estimates of repair cost and plan work to be performed; Repair and replace front end components, body components, doors and frame and underbody components; Hammer out dents, buckles and other defects using blocks and hammers; Operate soldering equipment or use plastic filler to fill holes, dents and seams; Remove damaged fenders, panels and grills using wrenches and cutting torch and bolt or weld replacement parts into place; Straighten bent frames using frame and underbody pulling and anchoring equipment; File, grind and sand repaired body surfaces using hand and power tools; Apply primers and repaint surfaces using brush or spray guns; Repair and replace glass components such as windshields, windows and sunroofs; Repair or replace interior components, such as seat frame assembly, carpets and floorboard insulation; Inspect repaired vehicles and test drive vehicles for proper handling. , Workers in this group may specialize in areas such as engine/fuel systems, brakes, steering, alignment, air conditioning, cooling/heating systems, transmission systems or diagnostic services.

Title Examples: Autobody Repairer, Automotive Body Mechanic, Automotive Body Technician, Body Repairer, Moter Vehicle, Metal Finisher, Moter Vehicle Manufacturing, Painter, Moter Vehicle Repair

Useful Secondary School subjects: Mechanics, Business, English, Science, Mathematics, Chemistry

Degrees associated with this career: High School Diploma, Certificate, Diploma

Requirements: You may need a high school diploma, although most provinces/territories require only Grade 10 for entry. , To gain trade certification as a motor vehicle body repairer, you usually need a three- to four-year apprenticeship, or a combination of three years' experience and a high school or college automotive body repair program. You may need trade certification in some provinces/territories, but can choose to have it in others. , You may also want to qualify for interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification, which provides job mobility throughout the country. , Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate or a community college diploma.

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