Automotive Body and Glass Repairer
Automotive body and glass repairers restore, refinish, and replace vehicle bodies and frames, window glass, and windshields.
They inspect car frames for structural damage and assess reparability on damaged windshields. They have the ability to repair most damage from vehicle collisions and have them look and drive like new. He or she works indoors in body shops, often in cramped or awkward positions and their work can be physically demanding. For automotive glass repair they often travel to the customers location to do the repair.
How to become an Automotive Body and Glass Repairer
Automotive body and glass repairers typically need a combination of a high school diploma and a completion of a formal training program in automotive or glass repair, such as from a trade and tehnical school or a community college with a program in collision repair. This gives the student hands-on experience and technical instruction.
Classes usually include welding, electronics, and repair cost estimation. It is not required to have postsecondary education, however it provides the best career preparation. Trade and technical school programs can award certificates in 6 months - 1 year of study.
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. Certification is not required, but it is advantageous to show his or her competency and may give one higher pay.
Job Description of a Automotive Body and Glass Repairer
The duties of automotive repairers include inspecting cars for structural damage, reviewing damage reports, prepare cost estimates, and plan work. They would remove any damaged body parts, realign car frames and chassis to repair structural damage. Their job includes hammering out or patching dents, dimples, or other minor body damage. He or she would fit, attach, and weld replacement parts into place, as well as, sand, buff, and prime refurbished and repaired surfaces. They apply new finish to restored body parts.
Automotive glass installers and repairers have the duties of examining damaged windshields and assess repair ability. They would clean damaged areas and prepare surfaces for the repair that is needed. He or she stabilizes chips and cracks and remove glass that cannot be repaired. They are responsible for checking windshield frames for rust and clean frames and then prepare them for installation. They apply urethane sealant to the windshield frame and install the replacement glass.