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Vehicle Body Repairer/Panel Beater

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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€13k > 47 
Vehicle Body Repairer / Panel Beater
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€13 - 47 
Related Information:
Apprentice Rates: 13 - 16
Qualified / Experienced: 39 - 47
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: November, 2013

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Carries out repairs and restoration work to the bodies of cars damaged in accidents.


The Work header image

Vehicle body repairers repair damage to the bodywork of cars, trucks and coaches, ranging from scratches, dents and rust to major accident damage. This may involve hammering out dents or filling with body solder or plastic fillers. Vehicle body repairers also fit complete new panels supplied by the vehicle manufacturer.  
 
Sometimes they fabricate part panels and shape sheet metal on a workbench themselves before welding it into place.  
 
In workshops where spray painting is not a separate job, they also prepare the new or repaired panels as per manufacturer's instructions. They then apply primers such as etch primer, filler primer and surface primers.  
 
The primers are then flattened using a wet or dry flattening system as per manufactures instructions. Paint is mixed as per vehicle paint code. Base coat and lacquer paint are applied and baked to cure. The paint finish is polished if required as per manufacturer's instructions.  
The application of primers, lacquers etc. are carried our in special booths using extractor fans. Personal protection equipment (PPE) must be worn during all aspects of the repair. 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take.

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Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed.

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Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint.

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Fit and weld replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools.

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Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders.

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Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment.

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Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components.

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Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder.

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File, grind, sand and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools.

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Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing General Physical Activities:  Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:  Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:  Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Mechanical:  Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Public Safety and Security:  Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Repairing:   Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Coordination:   Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

Vehicle body repairers should be good with their hands. You must be patient and careful to achieve a perfectly smooth finish. You should be physically fit for lifting and bending and have a good eye for detail.  
 
There is also an increasing emphasis on the development of communications and customer relations.


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Organisation: Society of the Irish Motor Industry
  Address: 5 Upper Pembroke St, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 1690
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