Body Shop Mechanic

Auto Body Repair Technician, Automotive Technician, Measure Technician, Mechanic-Body   More Names
Paint Technician, Rail Body Paint Repairer, Repair Technician, Shop Technician
Description

Body shop mechanics make basic structural repairs to vehicles. They ensure that any damage to a vehicle's exterior is repaired or replaced quickly to ensure good working order and appearance. Much of the training for these positions is learned on the job, including use of hand and power tools and blowtorches, and sanding and painting techniques.

Body shop mechanics report to supervisors or service managers. They should be detail oriented and have good trouble shooting, record keeping, and computer skills. Workers are exposed to loud noises as well as fumes, despite the fact that most work areas are well ventilated. There is potential for cuts, burns, and other injuries that may be avoided by using industry safety practices. Most body shop mechanics work 40 hours per week, but weekends or extra hours may be necessary at times.

All employers require a high school diploma or a general educational development (GED) certificate, but an associate's degree is preferred. Three to four years of related job experience is helpful. Certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is optional but preferred. National certification may be required to move past entry-level positions. Many industry employers provide on-the-job training, but click on the "get qualified" tab above to see additional resources for job preparation and training, as well as available educational programs in your area.

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Job Growth and Wages
Percent Job Growth:  
9% - Average
Typical Wages (National):  
Annual: $32,100 - $55,460    Hourly: $15 - $27

Note:  There may be opportunities for overtime work and overtime pay in this occupation.

Physical/Medical/Health Requirements

None

Legal Requirements
General/Nationwide
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Typical Education: High School or GED (HS)
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Typical Education:

High School or GED (HS)
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Percent Job Growth:

9% - Average
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Typical Wages:

Annual: $32,100 - $55,460

Hourly: $15 - $27