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Vehicle Body Repair Technician

Working as a Vehicle Body Repair Technician you would repair damaged vehicles and work with materials including metal, plastic and fibreglass. You would work with high-strength steels and lightweight vehicle body structures. 

Summary of Training

  • Follow environmental and sustainability best practice in an automotive workplace
  • Interpret and apply automotive repair instructions
  • Follow safe working practices in an automotive workplace
  • Test, charge and replace batteries and jump-start vehicles
  • Use and maintain tools and equipment in an automotive workplace
  • Repair vehicle chassis, frame and associated components
  • Remove and store vehicle body components
  • Remove, replace and align bolt-on vehicle body panels and components
  • Repair vehicle body panels using filler
  • Remove and replace major welded panels on vehicles
  • Repair vehicle body misalignment
  • Repair adhesive bonded structural damage on vehicles
  • Inspect vehicle damage and determine repair procedures
  • Apply original equipment manufacturer repair procedures during vehicle repairs
  • Carry out advanced gas metal arc welding on vehicle body sections
  • Carry out oxyacetylene thermal heating and cutting on vehicle body sections
  • Remove and replace vehicle supplementary restraint systems
  • Carry out non-structural vehicle panel repairs
  • Remove and replace adhesive attached components on vehicles
  • Repair vehicle body panels using metal finishing
  • Repair vehicle thermoplastic body panels and components
  • Repair and replace vehicle structural damage
  • Repair vehicle structural damage by riveting
  • Repair vehicle aluminium body panels without the use of body filler
  • Repair vehicle aluminium body panels using filler
  • Identify and repair high strength steel vehicle components
  • Set up and operate universal vehicle measuring systems
  • Carry out vehicle sectional repairs
  • Carry out spot welding
  • Provide work skill instruction

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

This Australian Apprenticeship occupation may attract additional incentives under the Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme. For more information contact an Apprenticeship Network provider, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73, or look at the National Skills Needs List.

 

Job Pathways

Automotive Retail, Service and Repair

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This occupation fits generally with these groupings

Industry Group
Automotive & Boating

Work Type
Analytic & Scientific
Practical & Manual

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 2016: 10910

Source: NCVER Apprentice and trainee collection, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2017, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

Growth in employment in this overall industry in the past 5 years.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

The number of employees in this overall industry compared with other Australian industries.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

Average wage of employees in this overall industry.

Source: Department of Employment, 2017. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Vehicle Body Repair Technician - AUR32116
NSW VIC QLD WA SA TAS ACT NT
Full Time

(Nominal Duration)

48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 42 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths 48 mths
Part Time
Commencements 90 80 5 15 15 0 5 0
ASbA
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Commencements

Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection (June 2017 estimates), NCVER rounded estimates for the 2016 calendar year. Qualifications with no recorded commencements may not appear. This data is for general information purposes only.

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