Motor vehicle body repairers

Main duties

  • Review damage report and estimates of repair cost and plan work to be performed
  • Repair and replace front end components, body components, doors and frame and underbody components
  • Hammer out dents, buckles and other defects using blocks and hammers
  • Operate soldering equipment or use plastic filler to fill holes, dents and seams
  • Remove damaged fenders, panels and grills using wrenches and cutting torch and bolt or weld replacement parts into place
  • Straighten bent frames using frame and underbody pulling and anchoring equipment
  • File, grind and sand repaired body surfaces using hand and power tools
  • Mask and tape auto body surfaces in preparation for painting
  • Mix paint, blend and match colours
  • Apply primers and repaint surfaces using brush or spray guns
  • Repair and replace glass components such as windshields, windows and sunroofs
  • Repair or replace interior components, such as seat frame assembly, carpets and floorboard insulation
  • Inspect repaired vehicles and test drive vehicles for proper handling.

Education

Employment requirements

Motor vehicle body repairers
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year motor vehicle body repair apprenticeship program or a combination of over three years of work experience in the motor vehicle body repair trade and completion of a high school or college automotive body repair program is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
Automotive painters
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year automotive painter apprenticeship program or a combination of one year of work experience in the automotive painter trade and completion of a high school or college automotive painting program is usually required for automotive painter trade certification.
Automotive glass installers and repairers
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Auto glass industry certification is usually required.
Metal repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing
  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • One to two years of on-the-job training are provided.

Language

  • IELTS – 5 minimum.

Experience

  • Have at least two years full-time in the past five years.
Job Category: Mechanics
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Canada

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