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What is Auto Body, Collision and Repair?
Auto Body, Collision and Repair is an area of study and field of employment that deals with the repair of damaged automobiles and the restoration of physical features to as close as possible to their factory release. Individuals in this field will repair frames, panels, windows, and any other parts affected through damage and collision to the exterior of an automobile, utilizing a variety of machines and tools in order to successfully complete a given job.
One and two year programs are available at community colleges and career schools that provide the education and practical experience necessary to enter an auto repair facility and seek supervised labor. Individuals having recently graduated from a program will work with experienced professionals in order to apply learned techniques as well as glean techniques and methods not available or covered through one's course of study. Individuals are not required to graduate from a program to be considered for employment, and many in the field will work as apprentices under the guidance of an experienced expert, though certification and licensure will take longer.
A program in auto body, collision and repair may include:
- Rust Repair
- Frame Pulling and Restoration
- Filler for Restoration and Cosmetic Use
Employment Opportunities and Job Growth
Individuals will seek employment at various auto repair centers that specialize in collisions repair and auto body, or have facilities on site where such work may take place. Individuals with an education in auto repair are more likely to be hired than those seeking training on the job, though both are possible routes for employment. Individuals will have to be familiar with a variety of tools and machines used to take apart and repair various portions of the auto body or frame. Individuals may seek voluntary certification through examination with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which demonstrates ability and quality of work to both employers and customers. Job growth is expected to remain steady over the next decade as individuals maintain an interest in renewing and restoring damaged automobiles.
Salary and Related Fields
The average salary for an auto body collision repair specialist is approximately $36,500 per year, but varies greatly based on experience and location. Individuals in the field are also beholden to the length of the work and competitive pricing. As with many professions, locations in populous or urban settings will have more business due to volume, and specialists in restoration may ask higher prices due to skill, unique abilities and experience.