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Autobody Repair

Repairing damaged light and heavy vehicles, including the exterior structure and paneling as well as complex mechanical components to strict safety and manufacturing standards.

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Why is this skill important?

Autobody repairers have a challenge familiar to many of us: to return a vehicle damaged by collision to a condition of operation, safety and appearance as close as possible to its pre-collision state. At the same time, the repaired vehicle must conform to stringent set of specifications laid down by the vehicle manufacturer.

An autobody repairer needs to be familiar with mechanical components and their function as well as with the specific and often complex safety restraint systems fitted to modern vehicles. They will diagnose the direction and extent of misalignment and damage to the car body, parts, and systems.  Then, working with a variety of specialized tools and minimum disruption to the vehicle, the repairer removes damaged elements, and then will re-attach/re-align panels to reinstate the integrity of the body shell. These panels may be welded, bolted, or riveted. Work is complete when the vehicle is in a condition ready for refinishing by a car painter.

Could this skill be for you?

If you like:

  • Fixing things
  • Helping people
  • Using tools
  • Things that move

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The Challenge

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will show they can perform diagnosis and corrections of vehicle damage.

  • Damaged or broken welded-on panels and parts are replaced.

  • Competitors will also have to perform autobody-related repairs such as electrical diagnosis.

  • Judges are looking for those who return the vehicle to a condition where it ready for refinishing by a car painter.

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How to compete

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