With so many careers available today it is sometimes hard to know what each job entails. Even though we may think we know what a certain job is all about or maybe even know a little bit about it there is no way to exactly what is required of each person at their place of work. On the surface most people know a little bit about an auto body repair specialist, however most people don’t know exactly what they do or have to at least know about on a daily basis. So, find out what the job of an auto body repair specialist is all about!
First of all what form of education does it take to become an auto body repair specialist? Well, usually shops require that they have a high school diploma. Although not required to those who wish to get into the auto body field could take classes in a vocational program. The best way for auto body specialist to learn and get experience is through an apprenticeship program. However, usually the way most learn is through about 4 years of experience starting from just a helper and moving up. Then most dealers or shops will require that they get a certification through a qualified program. They must also have a valid driver’s license to work at an auto body shop.
Now, you want to know what they do day to day. Performs manual duties in receiving, cleaning, repairing, refinishing, and painting of damaged automotive vehicles; examines damaged vehicles and estimates cost of repair; pulls out dents; fills depressions with body fillers; refinishes and repaints auto body parts; removes and replaces hood, fender, core support, door shell, etc.; may remove upholstery, accessories, electrical and hydraulic equipment to gain access to auto body and fender; replaces windshields and repairs windshield cracks; completes minor estimates of damaged area; straightens out and/or realigns frame. They may also perform additional services like window tinting, auto detailing, or lease return inspections depending on the auto body shop they work in. They must keep up with the most current systems in repairing vehicles bodies. They also need to be able to work independently in shops. And just as important they need to know how to utilize customer service skills!
So, what are the benefits of being an auto body repair specialist? Well, their median pay was a little more than 16 dollars an hour. However highly experienced repair specialist can make up to around 28 dollars an hour. That is not a bad living. They also work about 40-48 hours a week, usually between normal working hours like 8 – 6. If they work for a repair shop they may also be able to receive medical, dental and vision insurance. They may also be offered pay time off and sick pay. Usually they receive holidays off.
If you are interested in cars, becoming an auto body repair specialist may be the job for you! You will get to make money and do what you enjoy at the same time!