Automotive Collision Repair

About

Automotive collision repair technicians are responsible for repairing physical damage to vehicles.

Education Required

  • High School Diploma
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary: $46,000.00
Starting Annual Salary: $23,000.00
Senior Annual Salary: $67,000.00

common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Associate in Applied Science

What Work You'll Do

  • Restore vehicles to original condition after damage occurs.
  • Remove damaged auto body parts without damaging surrounding area.
  • Drive customer vehicles to ensure repair has been done correctly.

Things You Need to Know

  • Know how to use various tools to correctly repair damaged vehicles.
  • Follow repair guide instructions accurately in order to efficiently make car repairs
  • Have broad experience with various types of vehicle makes and models.

Abilities You'll Need to Have

Major Skills:
  • Dependability
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Shapes Forms
Additional Skills:
  • Lift/move various parts, diagnostic equipment, etc. in order to make vehicle repairs.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify repair solutions in an efficient manner.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand.
  • Attention to Detail – Having a good eye for detail helps automotive collision repair technicians make repairs accurately and efficiently.
  • Dexterity is required since a free range of motion is necessary in order to make repairs.