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What Does an Auto Body Technician Do?

Auto body technicians can’t wipe away the memory of a fender bender, but they can make your car look better. They are responsible for repairing the vehicle body. They work in auto body repair shops at dealerships, independent repair centers or fleet workshops and carry out a range of repairs, from hammering out minor dents to windshield replacement and complete rebuilds. When not repairing collision damage, technicians work on body customization or minor repairs, such as buffing out scratches or refurbishing corrosion damage. Auto body technicians often work directly with customers, reviewing damage reports and preparing cost estimates.

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Median Salary $
45,000
Jobs Available
5,100+
Auto body technician uses a grinder to repair a vehicle
An auto body technician’s goal is to bring a car back to pre-accident condition – and that often includes removing a lot of dents and replacing a lot of parts. (Credit: Bhakpong/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Consult with customers
  • Prepare damage reports and cost estimates and plan work
  • Replace damaged body parts, including bumpers, fenders, hoods and trim
  • Realign car frames and repair structural damage
  • Pound out or patch dents and other minor body damage
  • Fit, attach and weld replacement parts into place
EDUCATION + TRAINING

Education requirements vary by employer, but you will need at least a high school diploma or equivalent to become an entry-level auto body technician. However, many auto body technician jobs require a technical school certificate, and some require an associate degree in automotive technology.

Trade and technical school programs combine classroom time on the basics of auto body repair with an internship that provides hands-on training. Industry certification is increasingly important. Certifications are available for various auto repair specialties through the Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and may open the door for new job opportunities.

YOU MAY BE A GOOD FIT FOR THIS POSITION IF YOU
  • Have dexterity in your hands and arms to work with small parts and small spaces
  • Enjoy interacting with customers
  • Have good attention to detail
  • Are physically fit
  • Enjoy working with a wide range of tools and equipment

Auto Body Technician training in your area

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Auto Body/ Collision Repair Certificate

Lawson State Community College
Birmingham (0.0 Miles)

Collision Repair Certificate

Wallace State Community College
Hanceville (0.0 Miles)

Auto Body Repair Certificate

Vincennes University
Vincennes (0.0 Miles)

Auto Body Metal Technician Certificate Level 1

Collin College
McKinney (0.0 Miles)

Industrial Technology - Concentration: Automotive Body/Collision Repair, A.A.S.

Northeast State Community College
Blountville (0.0 Miles)

Automotive Technology: Collision Repair Technology, C.S.C.

Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale (0.0 Miles)

Auto Body Collision Repair, A.A.S.

New Mexico State University - Carlsbad
Carlsbad (0.0 Miles)

Refinish Assistant Certificate

St. Cloud Technical and Community College
St Cloud (0.0 Miles)

Automotive Collision Technology Technician Career Certificate

South Florida State College
Avon Park (0.0 Miles)

Automotive Refinishing Certificate

Mohave Community College
Kingman (0.0 Miles)

Insurance Co/Auto Collision Repair Industry Management Certificate of Achievement

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

General Automotive Maintenance and Repair Certificate

Front Range Community College
Westminster (0.0 Miles)

Find Auto Body Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Body Shop Technician

Rush Enterprises
Huntley ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months 4 weeks ago

Metal Finish/Paint Prep

Kratos Defense and Security
Dallastown ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 months 1 week ago

Collision Estimator - Inland Empire Region

Caliber Collision
Ontario ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Collision Estimator - San Diego Region

Caliber Collision
San Diego ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Collision Estimator - Tucson Region

Caliber Collision
Oro Valley ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 months 3 weeks ago

Auto Body Technician

AutoNation, Inc.
Houston ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 7 months 2 weeks ago

Auto Body Technician

Caliber Collision
Santa Barbara ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 1 month 2 weeks ago

Auto Body Technician

Caliber Collision
Twentynine Palms ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 months ago