Collision Repair Technician
Collision Repair Technicians repair or replace body parts of cars, trucks or other vehicles that have rusted or been damaged.
Tasks and Duties:
- talk to customers about the repairs needed
- estimate the cost of repairs
- lever and hammer out dented panels
- apply body filler to the panels and sand them back to the original shape
- straighten bent frames
- weld to repair rust and panels, and to attach metal panels onto vehicles
- cut out damaged sections of vehicles and weld in replacements
- reshape and smooth damaged panels
- repair rust
- align and repair body structures after major accidents
- repair plastic bumpers
- sand and prepare panels and parts for spraypainting
- may rust-proof vehicles
Collision Repair Technicians need to have practical, mechanical and observational skills. They also need to be skilled in repairing, fitting and preparing vehicle panels and frames. Good communication and calculation skills are also helpful.
Collision Repair Technicians need to know about metals and auto body parts, mechanics, up-to-date methods of repair and auto manufacturers’ specifications. They also need to know basic maths, and safety rules and methods.
Collision Repair Technicians should be motivated, accurate, responsible, honest, careful and patient. They also need to be good listeners, able to work independently and have an eye for detail.
Collision Repair Technicians need to have a good level of fitness and good hand-eye co-ordination. They spend a lot of time on their feet and need to be able to work in, under and around vehicles.
NCEA Level 1 in English, maths, and workshop technology
It is an advantage to have completed a National Certificate for Entry to Motor Body Trades before beginning an apprenticeship.
A drivers license is required.
Useful experience for Collision Repair Technicians includes:
- work in an automotive industry trade, such as automotive engineering
- car grooming
- metal fabrication or car restoration
- any work involving physical labour
- sheet metal work
Training on the job
Collision Repair Technician apprenticeships can be gained through on and off-the-job training. For further information contact the New Zealand Motor Industry Training Organisation (MITO).
Collision Repair Technicians work in paint and panelbeating workshops.
Fully qualified Collision Repair Technicians usually earn between $37,000 and $72,000 per year.