AUTO BODYMAN REPAIR TECHNICIAN

The auto bodyman performs auto body work repairing and rebuilding damaged vehicles and equipment. A bodyman repairs dents and ruptures and aligns, repairs and/or replaces structural or mechanical parts and components damaged in accidents.  Work is performed under the supervision of the owner and involves physical exertion, contact with brazing and welding materials, and exposure to a noisy environment.

Must repair dents in damaged passenger cars, light, and heavy trucks and off road construction equipment and align and/or replace structural or mechanical parts damaged in accidents.

TYPICAL EXAMPLES OF AUTO BODYMAN WORK

Repairs and/or replaces doors, panels, bumpers, fenders, hoods, including sheet metal, aluminum and fiberglass bodies and other related structures; removes parts from passenger vehicles, trucks, and heavy equipment, using wrenches, cutting torch, plasma cutter, and pneumatic tools; may determine actual damage and repair work necessary; brazes and welds parts using MIG welder, squeeze type inverted resistance welder, electric, gas, and other welding equipment; panel beats parts into normal shape; applies fillers and sealers; feather edges, sands, and smooths parts; paints vehicles; mixes paints to ensure proper color and viscosity; reattaches parts onto vehicle by welding, brazing, riveting, bolting, or gluing; fabricates panels, and compartments for custom bodies.

Aligns and/or replaces structural or mechanical parts damaged in accidents; repairs, aligns and/or replaces damaged frames utilizing frame straightening and repairing equipment as required; removes and replaces radiators, air conditioning condensers, and lines, fans, fan clutches, fan belts, oil coolers, lights, and wire harnesses, windshields, doors, door windows, door locks, upholstery, steering, and suspension components, air bags, front/rear wheel, and brake components and heating and cooling accessories; removes and replaces hydraulic components on trucks; insures that these structures are aligned or replaced according to manufacturer’s’ specification; may diagnose electronic components (i.e. electronic A/C/heating & cooling, air bag systems, passenger restraint systems, wiring, etc.) reading and utilizing diagnostics scanner; re assembles parts disengaged prior to the repair.

Performs related work as required, which include but are not limited to:

AUTO BODYMAN REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of:

  • the methods, materials, tools, equipment, and practices of the auto body repair trade
  • the occupational hazards and safety precautions of the auto body repair trade
  • the basic methods, materials, tools, and practices of the automotive mechanic trade
  • Windows based computer system and measuring software designed to measure automotive upper and lower body.
  • metals and metal thickness of materials used by manufacturers (i.e. composites, aluminum, and boron)
  • basic methods of mixing paint, hardeners, and reducers
  • safety and health procedures in specialized trade

Skill in:

  • the use and care of tools and equipment employed in their auto body repair trade
  • the use of electric, or gas or other welding and brazing equipment
  • the use of frame straightening and aligning equipment

Ability to:

  • maintain work area clean and organized
  • align or replace damaged parts according to manufacturer’s specification
  • use and understand windows based computerized systems
  • assess damage while utilizing windows based computer system
  • follow oral and written instructions and/or prepare list of material parts needed for repair
  • apply paint properly
  • follow all safety and health procedures, understand the job related occupational hazards and safety precautions of the auto body repair trade
  • present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

Restores damaged vehicles to their original structural integrity, function, and appearance. Uses hand tools and power tools to remove or repair damaged parts, weld as needed, and properly install new parts. Works with a variety of metals and plastics, as well as glass, electrical, and mechanical parts. Damaged vehicles must be repaired correctly so they will perform as designed, especially in subsequent collisions.

Restores structural dimensions and integrity to collision damaged vehicles. Uses measuring and frame equipment to diagnose damage and return damaged frame or unibody parts to manufacturer’s specifications. Use hand tools and power tools to remove or repair damaged parts, weld as needed, and properly install new parts. Works with a variety of metals and plastics, as well as glass, electrical, and mechanical parts. Damaged vehicles must be repaired correctly so they will perform as designed, especially in subsequent collisions.

Employees follow instructions for automotive body repair and paint activities.  Work involves some disagreeable aspects and requires some physical exertion.  Work is performed under the supervision of the owner.