Auto body repair painting offers many exciting career paths

Pursuing a career in auto body repair painting means you can pursue entry level positions with a long list of potential employers.   Better still, you don’t need a university degree to pursue these great career opportunities as a Refinishing Prep or Auto Body Technician.

Potential Collision Repair Employers

  • New car dealers
  • Retail collision repair facilities
  • Custom specialty shops
  • Heavy duty truck repair facilities
  • Becoming an entrepreneur and owning your own body shop

Entry level positions for auto body repair painting

  • Automotive Detailer
  • Apprentice Refinishing Prep Technician
  • Apprentice Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
  • Automotive Metal Fabricator/Welder
  • Plastic Repair Technician
  • Dent Doctor
  • Aftermarket Installer

Numerous opportunities for career advancement

  • Automotive Refinishing Technician
  • Automotive Painter
  • Motorcycle Painter
  • Aircraft Refinisher
  • Mobile Painter
  • Auto Body Technician
  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
  • Mobile Bodyman
  • Frame Repairer
  • Heavy Duty Auto Body Technician
  • Truck Body Specialist
  • Shop Foreman
  • Body Shop Manager
  • Body Shop Owner

Typical duties for Refinishing Prep or Auto Body Repair Technician

  • Remove wax, grease and dust from the vehicle
  • Remove rough spots on vehicle panels and sand surfaces by hand or with air sanders
  • Minor damage repairs
  • Restoration of anti-corrosion treatments and substrate preparation
  • Undercoat product mixing and application ensuring chemical compatibility, adhesion and durability
  • Application of anti-corrosion compounds
  • Prep vehicle for paint; masking and priming
  • Apply primer to repair areas
  • Paint parts inners
  • Sand the vehicle several times during the painting process
  • Possible collision or restorative work, or they may design and create custom paint jobs
  • Set the booth to dry the paint
  • Remove masking papers and touch up paintwork
  • Remove parts, damaged fenders, doors, panels, and grills
  • Repair structure of vehicles
  • Remove dents, buckles, and other defects
  • Repair and replace doors, front-end body, and underbody components
  • Straighten bent or twisted frames and weld metal parts
  • Fill damaged areas with body fillers
  • Filing, grinding, sanding, and smoothing repaired body surfaces as well as repaint repaired surfaces
  • Repair or replace interior components such as seats, carpets, and floorboard insulation
  • Aim headlights and align wheels

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