Are you interested in a career as a vehicle body repair technician? On this page you will find all the information about how to start a career as a vehicle body repair technician and what will be involved during your career.
What is a vehicle body repair technician?
A vehicle body technician is often know as a panel beater, when a vehicle has been in an accident or has not been maintained properly then a vehicle body repair technician will undertake repairs that are needed on the vehicle body. You will learn how to repair and replace damaged panels using, gas, electric and plastic welding. You will get to use specialist body jigs and tools. You will also learn how to estimate costs accurately.
What is the work like?
When vehicles are damaged in an accident, they are taken to a body repair shop. Some technicians will complete the process from start to finish and others will have specialised roles and work on one part during the repair process. Vehicle body repair technicians specialise in repairing or replacing damaged panels. Duties may include:
- Assessing the level of damage and making decisions to repair or replace panels
- Repairing chassis and panels
- Removing damaged panels
- Keeping logs of work carried out and informing the customer of any additional work that may be needed
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 are the skills required to gain this apprenticeship?
To be a vehicle body technician you will need to be able to demonstrate:
- Strong communications skills
- The ability to work alone or as part of a team
- The ability to maintain quality under pressure
- Awareness of safety procedures
What are the 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 employers requirements 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 repair technicians will typically work from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday; however, you may be able to work overtime in the evening and the weekend. You will usually work indoors at workshops or body shops and you will be expected to wear correct safety clothing when using specialist 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 can expect to earn around £16,000 – £20,000 per year.
As you gain further experience and training you can expect this salary to rise. There will also be opportunities for shift and overtime pay dependent on your employer. You may also be eligible for holiday entitlement and other benefits such as company pensions and 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 body repair technician?
If you are interested in becoming a vehicle body repair 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 an employer in time for you finishing school.
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To register your details please click here and fill in the online application.