Autobody Repair Technician

Accidents happen and automobile in particular accidents happen quite often. In fact in the United States alone thousands of auto accidents occur every single day. While some accidents result in the automobiles being totaled many result in the need for the automobile to spend time at an auto repair shop to be fixed.

Experienced autobody repairers are skilled at fixing every ding dent and scratch that a car might have due to an accident or mishap. Additionally autobody repairers are trained to use special equipment to straighten the alignment on cars that have bent frames. Most autobody repairers work for automobile dealerships repair shops or they may work as independent self-employed repairers.

To work in this field its important to have combination of education and classroom training coupled with skills learned on the job. Additionally many car manufacturers will provide classes for repairers so that new skills can be taught on an on-going basis. Many autobody repairers choose to obtain a certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This certificate can help a repairer obtain a position at a desirable repair shop or dealership. While a certificate is not required for employment it is highly recommended.

A high school diploma or GED is the minimum education needed for this career but programs are available at vocational schools and community colleges. The pay range for an autobody repairer is $22360 to $49025 per year depending on experience.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Specialized Training
Avg Salary: $35692.5
High Salary: $49025
Low Salary: $22360
Tasks: Fixes dents, scratches and other cosmetic problems on cars.
Re-aligns cars after accidents.
Works for automobile dealerships, repair shops, or as independent self-employed repairers.
Stays informed on new techniques to repair cars.
Also Called: Collision Repair Technician
Auto Body Mechanic
Mechanic
Collision Mechanic
Additional Resources: http://www.careeroverview.com/auto-body-repair-careers.html
http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos180.htm
http://www.citytowninfo.com/employment/automotive-body-repairers