What does a Auto Body Repairer do?
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Auto body and glass repairers restore, refinish, and replace vehicle bodies, frames, window glass, and windshields. They inspect car frames for structural damage and assess reparability on damaged parts such as windshields, doors, tires, or body. They primarily work indoors in auto shops or garages and work can be physically demanding.
How to Become an Automotive Body Repairer
Automotive body and glass repairers typically need a combination of a high school diploma and completion of a formal training program in automotive or glass repair This can be earned at a trade school, technical school, or a community college. Hands-on experience and technical instruction are usually offered in these programs. Classes include welding, electronics, and repair cost estimation.
Trade and technical school programs can last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year of studies. Community colleges provide 2 year programs in collision repair with certificates offered for individual courses so that one can take classes part time if need be.
Job Description of an Automotive Body Repairer
Automotive repairers duties include inspecting cars for structural damage, reviewing damage reports, preparing cost estimates, and planning work repairs. They remove any damaged body parts, realign car frames, and repair structural damage. Their job includes hammering out or patching dents, dimples, or other minor body damage. He or she fits, attaches, and welds replacement parts into place. They may sand, buff, and prime refurbished and repaired surfaces. They also apply new finish to restored body parts.
Automotive glass installers and repairers examine damaged windshields and assess repair ability. They clean damaged areas and prepare surfaces for the repair that is needed. He or she stabilizes chips or cracks and removes glass that cannot be repaired. They are responsible for checking windshield frames for rust and cleaning them in preparation for installation. Automotive glass installers apply urethane sealant to the windshield frame and then install the replacement glass.