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Autobody Technician

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As an Autobody Technician, you repair and replace body components, doors, and frames, as well as underbody components of motor vehicles.

In this program, you will learn how to:

  • Use specialized tools and equipment to remove dents and other damage from body panels or replace the panels entirely.
  • Repair the frame and/or unibody when there is heavy damage.
  • Replace plastic and glass and perform interior repairs.
  • Study mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Paint and refinish the entire vehicle.
  • Gain practical experience through internship opportunities.

The autobody technician must use specialized tools and equipment to remove dents and other damage from body panels or replace the panels entirely. In heavy damage, the frame and/or unibody must also be repaired. The repairs or the entire vehicle must then be painted. This program prepares graduates for work in this area and includes coverage of plastic, glass, interior, and mechanical system repairs.

Find out more at the Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan, a division of Baker College of Owosso.

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Career Facts

  • The average hourly wage is $19.21 (about $39,950 annually).
  • Employers often guarantee a minimum weekly salary and pay an incentive based on the amount of work assigned and how quickly it is completed.
  • Typically Autobody Technicians work 40 hours a week, but sometimes may be required to work overtime, including weekends.
  • Continuing education is important to stay current with technological advances in automotive materials, components, and electronics.
  • Skilled Autobody Technicians must have good reading abilities and comprehension along with basic mathematics, chemistry, geometry, physics, and computer skills.
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