To work in this field you must have good practical skills and the ability to use a range of tools and equipment and have patience as many tasks take a considerable amount of time to complete. You will also need to be aware of safety issues and the ability to work methodically while paying close attention to detail. You will need good communication skills to deal with your work colleagues and the general public.
Most body repair work is carried out indoors in workshops. Repairers are required to wear correct safety clothing such as protective masks, safety glasses and gloves.
If you enjoy working as part of a team and enjoy working on the vehicle itself, then you will enjoy body repair. In this area of the motor industry, you will be repairing damage to vehicles and returning them to a roadworthy condition. Your main tasks will include estimating body damage, removing, repairing and replacing damaged body components, using welding and soldering equipment, deciding on repair techniques, cleaning and preparing metal surfaces for painting and you may also help vehicle body builders to build custom designed vehicles.
Primarily, body repair is about rectifying minor damaged, mono-constructed steel bodies, which represent the vast bulk of modern light vehicles. Heavy vehicle cabs and vans which employ similar construction principles lend themselves to the same range of skills. Typical activities are identified as follows:
- Removal and replacement of non-structural body panel, this involves adhering to
- Industry codes of practice; employing adhesive application tools; removing and replacing sections, which are not part of the welded structure.
- Replacement of structural body panels - this involves replacing non-structural body panels and re-instating panels.
- Quality-checking of body repairs - this involves using manufacturers manuals and company checking procedures; inspecting vehicles during and body panel replacement and paint refinishing appropriate equipment; conducting tests both off and on road.