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 Straightener
Bumper and Painter
Car Body Mechanic
Car Customizer
Car Refinisher
Collision Mechanic
Collision Repair Technician
Collision Technician
Collision Worker
Custom Car Builder
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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