Career Lab projects will also provide students with hands-on experience in collision estimating, replacement of body glass, replacement or repairing of body trim parts or accessories and complete overall refinishing of cars.
Auto Body refinishing technicians are employed in new car dealerships and independent auto body shops. Excellent opportunities also exist in many related fields and businesses, such as insurance companies, paint manufacturers and suppliers, and auto parts sales. ADP estimating software certification is also available in the Auto Body career area.
PHYSICAL SKILLS & ABILITIES
See your guidance counselor to learn about physical considerations required for this career program.
ACADEMIC / EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS
Convert and/or perform practical applications involving fractions and decimals, percentages, measurement, ratio, and proportion. Compute discount, interest, profit and loss, commission, markups, etc. Calculate surface area, volume, weights, measures, and circumference. Understand square roots and radicals, properties of angles, essentials of trigonometry, and proper use of all measuring devices used in the career area.
LANGUAGE / ENGLISH SKILLS
Reading: Read a variety of novels, magazines, newspapers, trade-related technical manuals, and encyclopedias. Read safety rules, instructions in the use and maintenance of shop tools and equipment, and proper job procedures.
Demonstrate technical competencies in the interpretation of scientific processes and principles, utilization of measurements, operation of specific technical equipment and techniques used in problem solving.
Demonstrate computer literacy to mix paint using the computer, write documents, and process work orders.
POST-SECONDARY CAREER PATHS
Four-year apprenticeship program; two-year technical degree study in auto body or metal technology.
Auto Body Customizer
Used Car Renovator
Physical Damage Appraiser
Automotive Detailer Refinish
Technician Truck Body Builder Aircraft Refinishing
Starting $8-9 per hour up to $20 per hour- (flat rate - $30 per hour).