What is an Auto Body Repairer?

Also known as: Autobody Repair Technician, Autobody Repairman, Auto Body Repair Technician, Auto Body Repairman, Autobody Technician, Auto Body Technician, Autobody Repairer.

An auto body repairer is someone who works in the automotive industry. They repair, restore, refinish, and replace vehicle bodies and frames, windshields, and window glass.

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What does an Auto Body Repairer do?

Auto body repairers typically do the following:

  • Review damage reports, prepare cost estimates, and plan work
  • Remove damaged body parts, including bumpers, fenders, hoods, grilles, and trim
  • Realign car frames and chassis to repair structural damage
  • Hammer out or patch dents, dimples, and other minor body damage
  • Fit, attach, and weld replacement parts into place
  • Install and weatherproof windows and windshields
  • Grind, sand, buff, and prime refurbished and repaired surfaces
  • Apply new finish to restored body parts

An auto body repairer can repair most damage from everyday vehicle collisions and make vehicles look and drive like new. Damage may be minor, such as replacing a cracked windshield, or major, such as replacing an entire door panel. Repair technicians use many tools for their work. To remove damaged parts, such as bumpers and door panels, they use pneumatic tools, metal-cutting guns, and plasma cutters. For major structural repairs, such as aligning the body, they often use heavy-duty hydraulic jacks and hammers. For some work, they use common hand tools, such as metal files, pliers, wrenches, hammers, and screwdrivers.

In some cases, repair technicians do an entire job by themselves. In other cases, especially in large shops, they use an assembly line approach in which they work as a team with each repair technician specializing. Although repair technicians sometimes prime and paint repaired parts, automotive painters generally perform these tasks. Auto body and related repairers, or collision repair technicians, straighten metal panels, remove dents, and replace parts that cannot be fixed. Although they repair all types of vehicles, most work primarily on cars, sport utility vehicles, and small trucks.

Automotive glass installers and repairers remove and replace broken, cracked, or pitted windshields and window glass. They also weatherproof newly installed windows and windshields with chemical treatments.

What is the workplace of an Auto Body Repairer like?

Repair technicians work indoors in body shops, which are often noisy. Most shops are well ventilated to disperse dust and paint fumes. Repair technicians sometimes work in awkward and cramped positions, and their work can be physically demanding.

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Further Reading

  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairers (Canada)

    Motor vehicle body repairers repair and restore damaged motor vehicle body parts and interior finishing; repaint body surfaces; and repair and/or replace automotive glass.

  • What Does an Auto Body Mechanic Do?

    An auto body mechanic can have many different job descriptions and duties, but almost every skilled mechanic will have the knowledge to remove dents, restore a car’s body, and add a new paint job. Not all have the expertise to complete all of these tasks, however.

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