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Automotive body and related repairers restore the bodies and frames of damaged vehicles. They are trained to use special tools and equipment to restore metal frames and body sections to their original state. For sections that are badly damaged, automotive body repairers use metal-cutting devices to remove the damaged section and welding tools to install new sections. They are also trained to fill in small dents with plastic or solder. Large shops may allow repairers to practice an area of specialization, such as automotive glass installation and repair, or repairing doors and fenders.

Education and Training
Automotive body and related repairers training programs are offered in high schools, trade and vocational schools and community colleges. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, post-secondary training in auto body repair is increasingly important as repair techniques and equipment have become more sophisticated. That said, those with formal training often develop additional expertise on the job and through manufacturer training sessions.

Job Outlook
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the automobile body repair industry has proved to be a stable source of employment, remaining steady during economic downturns. Further, the Bureau also reports that employment growth in this field is expected to increase by as much as 20 percent through 2012.

Publish date: February 10, 2011