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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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Jobs Available
13,240+
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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Automotive Collision Repair Assistant Certificate

College of Lake County
Grayslake (0.0 Miles)

Advanced Collision Repair Paint Technician Certificate of Achievement

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

Auto Body Collision Repair, A.A.S.

Seward County Community College
Liberal (0.0 Miles)

Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Diploma

Forsyth Technical Community College
Winston-Salem (0.0 Miles)

Collision Repair Helper Certificate

Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College
Bowling Green (0.0 Miles)

Collision Repair Center Parts Manager Certificate of Achievement

Cypress College
Cypress (0.0 Miles)

Automotive Refinishing Certificate

San Juan College
Farmington (0.0 Miles)

Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician Technical Diploma

Chippewa Valley Technical College
Eau Claire (0.0 Miles)
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Basic Metal Certificate

Central Community College
Grand Island (0.0 Miles)

Auto Body Technology, A.A.S.

Eastfield College
Mesquite (0.0 Miles)

Collision Repair and Refinishing Certificate

Wayne Community College
Goldsboro (0.0 Miles)

Automotive Collision Non-Collision Repair Certificate of Technology

San Jacinto College District
Pasadena (0.0 Miles)
Meet Ambassador
Brandon McCoy
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Brandon McCoy, auto body technician, works on improving the roof of a car
Meet Ambassador
Brandon McCoy

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.

Find Auto Body Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Collision Estimator - San Fernando Valley Region

Caliber Collision
La Crescenta ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Collision Estimator - Silicon Valley Region

Caliber Collision
Redwood City ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Auto Body Technician

Caliber Collision
Colorado Springs ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Collision Estimator - SW Florida Region

Caliber Collision
Palmetto ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Collision Estimator - Utah Region

Caliber Collision
Logan ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Collision Estimator - West Texas Region

Caliber Collision
Killeen ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 4 days ago

Auto Body Technician

Caliber Collision
Philadelphia ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks 2 days ago

Body Shop Estimator - Hall Toyota

Mile One Automotive
Norfolk ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 2 weeks ago