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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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Medal Result Competitor Country/region
Gold 736 Shanwei Yang China
Silver 731 Heiko Zumbrunn Switzerland
Bronze 723 Andrew Gault United Kingdom
Medallion for Excellence 720 BO-YUAN HUANG Chinese Taipei
Medallion for Excellence 718 Nichlas Rosenkilde Thomsen Denmark
Medallion for Excellence 717 Mirko Betz Germany
Medallion for Excellence 717 MINSEONG KIM Korea
Medallion for Excellence 713 Kévin MASCLE-GIRARD France
Medallion for Excellence 710 Paulo Molaia Brazil
Medallion for Excellence 704 Ryuya Ikeda Japan
Medallion for Excellence 702 Even Aasen Norway
698 Simon Winder Austria
697 Igor Ivanov Russia
684 Elias Karlsson Sweden
679 Afshin Fekri HamlAbad Iran
676 Georg Profanter South Tyrol, Italy
668 Marc COBOS Spain
658 Vyolaine Dujmovic Canada
656 Manmohan Manmohan India
646 Deka Widyatmoko Yudhiarto Indonesia
629 Yaqoob Damon South Africa

How to compete

To reach the level of skills required to compete in a WorldSkills Competition takes several years of training and dedication. But the best time to start is now.

Find out more about how to take part in a WorldSkills Competition.