CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Automotive Body and Related Repairers

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames. File, grind, sand and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.
 
Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.
 
Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.
 
Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.
 
Cut and tape plastic separating film to outside repair areas to avoid damaging surrounding surfaces during repair procedure, and remove tape and wash surfaces after repairs are complete.
 
Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.
 
Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas.
 
Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.
 
Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.
 
Fit and weld replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools.
 
Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers.
 
Remove damaged panels, and identify the family and properties of the plastic used on a vehicle.
 
Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.
 
Remove small pits and dimples in body metal using pick hammers and punches.
 
Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
 
Clean work areas, using air hoses, to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures.
 
Adjust or align headlights, wheels, and brake systems.
 
Apply heat to plastic panels, using hot-air welding guns or immersion in hot water, and press the softened panels back into shape by hand.
 
Soak fiberglass matting in resin mixtures, and apply layers of matting over repair areas to specified thicknesses.
 
Cut openings in vehicle bodies for the installation of customized windows, using templates and power shears or chisels.
 
Fit and secure windows, vinyl roofs, and metal trim to vehicle bodies, using caulking guns, adhesive brushes, and mallets.
 
Read specifications or confer with customers to determine the desired custom modifications for altering the appearance of vehicles.
 
Replace damaged glass on vehicles.
 
Measure and mark vinyl material and cut material to size for roof installation, using rules, straightedges, and hand shears.
 
Inspect repaired vehicles for proper functioning, completion of work, dimensional accuracy, and overall appearance of paint job, and test drive vehicles to ensure proper alignment and handling.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
 
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
 
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
 
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
 
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
 
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Repairing Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
 
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
 
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
 
Trunk Strength The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
 
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
 
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
 
Static Strength The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
 
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
 
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
 
Depth Perception The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
 
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
 
Extent Flexibility The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
Reaction Time The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Accounting software Accounting software
 
Accounts receivable software Accounting software
 
Appointment scheduling software Calendar and scheduling software
 
AutoZone ALLDATA Data base user interface and query software
 
Automotive and Accounting Software by R*KOM Invoice Writer Point of sale POS software
 
Collision damage estimation software Analytical or scientific software
 
Collision damage measurement software Analytical or scientific software
 
Equipment management information software Data base user interface and query software
 
Inventory management software Inventory management software
 
Materials management software Inventory management software
 
Paint mixing and matching software Analytical or scientific software
 
Swan River Estimiser Pro Analytical or scientific software
 
Adjustable widemouth pliers Adjustable widemouth pliers
 
Adjustable wrenches Adjustable wrenches
 
Air chisels Pneumatic hammer
 
Air compressors Air compressors
 
Air hammers Pneumatic hammer
 
Alignment machines Wheel alignment equipment
 
Alignment squares Squares
 
Anvils Anvils
 
Blow torches Blow torches
 
Body saws Power saws
 
Bondo spreaders Spatulas
 
Brazing equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
Buffing machines Power buffers
 
Calipers Calipers
 
Cold chisels Cold chisels
 
Crown spoons Trim or molding tools
 
Dent hammers Hammers
 
Depth gauges Depth gauges
 
Desktop computers Desktop computers
 
Dial indicators Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Digital cameras Digital cameras
 
Door skin dollies Trim or molding tools
 
Double-edged blades Knife blades
 
Double-edged cutter tools Metal cutters
 
Drill presses Workshop presses
 
Feeler gauges Feeler gauges
 
Files Files
 
Fluorescent lights Fluorescent lamps
 
Foot shears Shears
 
Frame alignment equipment Wheel alignment equipment
 
Gas arc welding equipment Gas welding or brazing or cutting apparatus
 
General purpose spoons Trim or molding tools
 
Grinders Power grinders
 
Hand brakes Workshop presses
 
Hand shears Shears
 
Heavy duty inside spoons Trim or molding tools
 
Heel dollies Trim or molding tools
 
Height gauges Height gauges
 
High velocity low pressure HVLP spray equipment Paint sprayers
 
Hoists Hoists
 
Hot air guns Heat guns
 
Hydraulic automobile lifts Lifts
 
Hydraulic cranes Workshop cranes
 
Hydraulic jacks Jacks
 
Impact wrenches Impact wrenches
 
Infrared IR paint curing units Infrared lamps
 
Jacks Jacks
 
Laser printers Laser printers
 
Machine polishers Power buffers
 
Media blasters Power sanders
 
Metal inert gas MIG welders Metal inert gas MIG welding machinery
 
Micrometers Micrometers
 
Nut drivers Nut drivers
 
Oxyacetylene torches Blow torches
 
Paint sprayers Paint sprayers
 
Paint stencils Stencils or lettering aids
 
Panel cutters Metal cutters
 
Personal computers Personal computers
 
Pick hammers Hammers
 
Pick pull rods Pullers
 
Pitch gauges Pitch measuring instruments
 
Pneumatic grinders Pneumatic grinders
 
Pneumatic hammers Pneumatic hammer
 
Pneumatic metal cutting guns Metal cutters
 
Pneumatic panel crimpers Die bends
 
Pneumatic smoothing hammers Pneumatic hammer
 
Pop rivet guns Rivet tools
 
Portable buffers Power buffers
 
Power drills Power drills
 
Power punches Punches or nail sets or drifts
 
Power sanders Power sanders
 
Power shears Shears
 
Pressure feed sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
 
Pressure gauges Pressure indicators
 
Pressure washers Pressure or steam cleaners
 
Pry bars Pry bars
 
Pull rods Pullers
 
Punches Stamping dies or punches
 
Ratchets Ratchets
 
Resistance spot welding equipment Welding tools
 
Respirators Respirators
 
Rivet busters Rivet tools
 
S-hooks S hooks
 
Safety glasses Safety glasses
 
Safety gloves Protective gloves
 
Safety hoods Safety hoods
 
Sanding blocks Sanding blocks
 
Scrapers Razor knives
 
Screwdrivers Screwdrivers
 
Slapping spoons Trim or molding tools
 
Slide hammers Pullers
 
Socket wrench sets Socket sets
 
Soldering equipment Soldering irons or guns
 
Spoon dollies Trim or molding tools
 
Spot weld breakers Welding tools
 
Spray booths Spray booths
 
Stainless steel brushes Wire brushes
 
Steam cleaning equipment Pressure or steam cleaners
 
Stud welder kits Welding or soldering kit
 
Suction cups Suction cups
 
Suction feed sandblasters Pneumatic sanding machines
 
Surforms Rasps
 
T pullers Pullers
 
Telescoping gauges Gauges or inspection fixtures
 
Toe dollies Trim or molding tools
 
Tungsten inert gas TIG welding equipment Tungsten inert gas TIG welding machinery
 
Universal railroad dollies Trim or molding tools
 
Vernier calipers Calipers
 
Wedges Wedges
 
Weld current controllers Welding generators
 
Welding electrodes Welding electrodes
 
Welding goggles Goggles
 
Welding helmets Welding masks
 
Welding hoods Welding masks
 
Welding machines Welders
 
Welding tips Welding or cutting tips
 
Windshield knives Utility knives
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education High School Diploma (or GED or High School Equivalence Certificate)
 
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Antique Automobiles Repairer
Auto Body Builder Apprentice
Auto Body Customizer
Auto Body Detailer
Auto Body Man
Auto Body Mechanic
Auto Body Mechanic Apprentice
Auto Body Painter
Auto Body Repair Technician
Auto Body Repairer
Auto Body Repairman
Auto Body Service Mechanic
Auto Body Straightener
Auto Body Technician
Auto Body Worker
Auto Bumper Mechanic
Auto Bumper Straightener
Auto Customize Painter
Auto Rebuilder
Auto Refinisher
Auto Seat Cover Installer
Auto Slip Cover Installer
Auto Vinyl Top Installer
Autobody Technician
Automobile Body Customizer
Automobile Body Repairer
Automobile Painter
Automotive Metalsmith
Automotive Painter
Automotive Refinisher
Body Builder Apprentice
Body Bumper
Body Man
Body Mechanic
Body Mechanic Apprentice
Body Painter
Body Repairer
Body Sander
Body Shop Floorperson
Body Shop Worker
Body Specialist
Body Straightener
Body Technician
Body Work Auto Trimmer
Body Worker
Body and Fender Mechanic
Body and Fender Mechanic Apprentice
Body and Fender Worker
Body and Frame Man
Body and Frame Technician
Bumper
Bumper Straightener
Bumper and Painter
Car Body Mechanic
Car Customizer
Car Refinisher
Collision Mechanic
Collision Repair Technician
Collision Technician
Collision Worker
Custom Car Builder
Dinger
Fender Mechanic
Fender Mechanic Apprentice
Fender Repairer
Fiberglass Autobody Repairer
Frame Straightener
Mechanical and Auto Body Car Checker
Metal Bumper
Metal Worker
Painter Apprentice
Painter and Body Mechanic Apprentice
Painter and Body Work
Paintless Dent Repair Technician
Panel Beater
Rattle, Leak, and Squeak Repairer
Refinish Technician
Service Mechanic
Shop Assistant
Trim Mechanic
Truck Body Builder
Truck Body Builder Apprentice
Truck Body Repairer
Vehicle Body Sander
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Trades and Related
Job Family: Mechanics
Benchmark Title: Automotive Body and Related Repairers
 
 
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