What is a vehicle paint technician?
A vehicle paint technician applies paint and finishes to a vehicle which has recently been repaired by the vehicle body technician. You will learn how to recognise the various materials used on vehicles and the prep that is needed to be done before applying the paints and finishes. It is a skilled job and you will be taught how to estimates costs accurately as well as given a thorough briefing in health and safety.
What is the work like?
When cars, vans, motorcycles and larger vehicles are damaged in accidents, they will be taken to a body repair workshop. Some technicians will complete the process from the start to finish and others will have specialised roles and work on one part of the repair process.
Paint technicians are responsible for preparing vehicles to be painted after the damage has occurred or panels have been replaced, this can include repairing minor scratches to match the rest of the vehicle. Duties of a vehicle paint technician include:
- Ensuring all parts are stripped from the vehicle in order for it to be painted.
- Sanding down relevant areas and adjoining areas for blending
- Masking out areas that will need to be treated
- Etching and priming the area to be treated
- Selecting, mixing and matching colour
How will the training take place?
Typically this course will take three years and on completion you will gain an NVQ/VCQ level 3. To complete this qualification you will need to go to a further education (FE) college or training centre on a day or block release programme. The rest of your time will be spent at your place of employment where you will get to learn practical skills from seeing a real working environment. You will shadow qualified technicians so you can learn first-hand how to perform the role, you will also get the opportunity to assist in the repair work. Once you pass your assessments and progress through your course you will be able to start completing tasks on your own.
To ensure that you are competent in completing tasks by yourself a Remit assessor will visit you periodically at your work place to complete assessment testing with you.
What skills are required to gain this apprenticeship?
As a vehicle body paint technician you will need to be able to demonstrate:
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to work alone and as part of a team
- The ability to maintain quality under pressure
- An awareness of safety procedures
- The ability to use specialist equipment
- The ability to follow written and verbal instructions
- Good manual skills
- A good eye for detail and colour
What qualifications are required to gain this apprenticeship?
The qualification requirements will differ dependent on the requests of the employer. Some employers may require higher grades at G.C.S.E level than others.
At Remit we recommend you apply and register with us irrelevant of what grades you gained at G.C.S.E level. We will then be able to contact you and advise you of the requirements of the employer and when other vacancies become available in your area. If you need any additional support whilst gaining your qualifications Remit can help you. We can also support you in completing your functional/Key Skills (Core Skills in Scotland) which is a mandatory requirement needed for all apprenticeships and courses if you have not gained a G.C.S.E C or in Maths and English.
What can you expect once you are qualified?
Vehicle body paint technicians will typically work from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday; however, you may be able to work overtime in the evening and at the weekend. You will usually work indoors in workshops or body shops and you will be expected to wear the correct safety clothing when using specialised equipment while carrying out tasks such as welding.
From 1st October 2015 an apprentice will earn a minimum of £3.30 per hour. This is a minimum salary and some employer may choose to pay more. Once you are qualified you could expect to earn between £16,000-£20,000 per year.
As you gain more experience and complete further training as required, you can expect your salary to rise. There may also be opportunities for overtime pay depending on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement, company pension and private healthcare schemes.
Please Note: The figures used are meant as a guide only and can vary from employer to employer and may be dependent on the geographical area.
How do I apply to be a vehicle paint technician?
If you are interested in become a vehicle paint technician you will need to register your interest with Remit by completing the online application form here.
Remit will be able to place you on an apprenticeship all year round. However, it is important that you register your details as soon as your start year 11 and have decided that a career in the motor industry is the option for you; this will give us the best chance of finding the employers in time for you finishing school.
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To register your details please click here and fill in the online application.