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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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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)
A Day In the Life
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Brandon McCoy, auto body technician, works on improving the roof of a car
A Day In the Life

Brandon McCoy isn't afraid of hard work. He knows that's what it takes to deliver a quality auto restoration.

"It's a lot of work but is so worth it when a customer comes in and is beside themselves because their car is turning out better than they imagined," says Brandon.

Running a business requires a lot of juggling — between doing the car work, delivering good customer service and doing all the behind-the-scenes details — but Brandon says it's very satisfying.

Find out what else Brandon has to say about being an auto body technician and shop owner.

Job 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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Automotive Collision Repair

Butler Community College
El Dorado (81.0 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Automotive Collision & Repair Certificate

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
Hutchinson Community College logo

Automotive Collision & Repair, A.A.S.

Hutchinson Community College
Hutchinson (138.4 Miles)
North Arkansas College logo

Collision Repair Technology Certificate

North Arkansas College
Harrison (157.4 Miles)
North Arkansas College logo

Collision Repair Technology Certificate of Proficiency

North Arkansas College
Harrison (157.4 Miles)
University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton logo

Collision Repair And Refinishing Technology Technical Certificate

University of Arkansas Community College - Morrilton
Morrilton (212.8 Miles)
Grayson College logo

Basic Collision Apprentics Certificate

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
Grayson College logo

Basic Collision Helper Certificate

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
Grayson College logo

Collision Repair Tech, A.A.S

Grayson College
Denison (239.5 Miles)
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College logo

Collision Repair Technology Certificate

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock (248.8 Miles)
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College logo

Auto Painting Certificate

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock (248.8 Miles)
University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College logo

Body and Frame Alignment Certificate

University of Arkansas - Pulaski Technical College
North Little Rock (248.8 Miles)

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