Auto Body & Collision Damage Repairer (Motor Vehicle Body Repairer)
Introduction
Auto body & collision damage repairers repair and restore damaged motor vehicle bodies as well as their collision-damaged mechanical and structural parts. Motor vehicle body repairers assess body damage and make repair estimates and calculations. Their repair work may range from correcting minor structural and cosmetic scratches and dents to fixing extensive structural damage to motor vehicles.
Essential Skills Requirements:
 
Safety-related Activities
Reading
Ability to read a variety of safety related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets to learn how to safely work with hazardous products such as resins. (Complexity: 2)
Document Use
Ability to identify symbols, icons and signs, e.g. scan symbols on equipment to identify safety concerns, such as noise and electrical hazards. (Complexity: 1)
Writing
Ability to write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers’ compensation boards. (Complexity: 2)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the safety of equipment and the severity of workplace hazards. (Complexity: 2)
 
Autobody Repair
Reading
Ability to understand short written comments on technical drawings. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand written instructions about the use, maintenance and storage of personal protective equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to read a variety of Acts, regulations and bylaws, e.g. read sections of provincial highway traffic Acts to learn about regulations for reporting and repairing vehicles deemed to be irreparable. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read a variety of manuals, e.g. read vehicle manufacturers' service and repair manuals to learn repair procedures and how to operate equipment such as frame straighteners. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to read trade magazines, e.g. read online articles in trade magazines such as Bodyshop to learn about new repair techniques and industry trends. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Document Use
Ability to enter data on forms, e.g. record times spent repairing vehicles on time cards and work orders. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to identify devices and circuits in schematics, e.g. identify connectors, switches, fuses and wire colours on electrical schematics of wiring harnesses. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to locate and interpret data in graphs and flowcharts, e.g. interpret data on graphs produced by computerized wheel alignment equipment to complete repairs. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Ability to use technical drawings to locate dimensions and identify shapes, position and orientation of vehicle parts and assemblies, e.g. use assembly diagrams to learn how to assemble and disassemble components for suspension, steering and braking systems. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Thinking
Ability to choose tools and work procedures for common tasks. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to evaluate work projects by considering factors such as efficiencies, timelines, costs and the quality of work performed. (Complexity: 3 or higher)
Digital Technology - Other Digital Technology
Ability to use computerized measuring devices to determine point to point values and the symmetries of vehicle components. (Complexity: 2)
 
General Administrative Duties
Reading
Ability to read instructions on labels and packaging, e.g. read directions to learn how to mix products such as resins and hardeners. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to read memos, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to work schedules and upcoming training events. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand short written comments on forms such as work orders and requisitions. (Complexity: 1)
Document Use
Ability to locate data on labels, e.g. locate product identification numbers, sizes and colours on parts labels. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to locate data in work orders, estimates and other forms, e.g. locate data on estimate forms such as identification numbers, contact information, costs and time allocated for repairs. (Complexity: 2)
Writing
Ability to write notes on estimate and inspection forms, e.g. provide explanations about why extra time was needed to complete repairs. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to write reminders and short notes, e.g. write short notes to co-workers to inform them about the status of projects. (Complexity: 1)
Thinking
Ability to evaluate the condition and performance of tools and equipment. (Complexity: 2)
Ability to evaluate the severity of equipment faults by considering factors such as readings, noise levels, pressures, temperatures and vibrations. (Complexity: 2)
Digital Technology - Databases
Ability to use databases to retrieve repair information and technical drawings. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Listening
Ability to understand short spoken statements such as a simple instruction or question. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to understand moderately complex spoken statements such as instructions involving multiple steps. (Complexity: 2)
Oral Communication - Speaking
Ability to ask simple questions and explain simple thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate language. (Complexity: 1)
Ability to explain moderately complex thoughts, instructions and opinions using appropriate tone and language. (Complexity: 2)
 
Use of Mathematics
Whole Numbers
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. (Complexity: 2)
Fractions
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions. (Complexity: 2)
Decimals
Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Percents and Mixed Operations
Ability to use percent to locate numbers; add, subtract, multiply and divide signed numbers; complete mixed operations with whole numbers, fractions, percents and decimals. (Complexity: 2)
Data Analysis
Ability to calculate and use totals, sub-totals and basic summary measures like averages and rates; perform proportional calculations. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Basic Skills
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles; use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Plane Figures
Ability to analyze and draw lines and line segments; use coordinates to locate points in a plane; calculate angles and use concepts such as parallelism to solve problems. (Complexity: 2)
Geometry - Solids
Ability to calculate volumes of rectangular solids, cylinders and prisms; analyze complex volumes into constituent regular solids. (Complexity: 2)
Measurement
Ability to measure things such as distances, weights, volumes, temperatures and angles; use and convert between Metric and Imperial measurement units. (Complexity: 2)
Algebra
Ability to construct and solve equations with one to three different variables and use common formulas. (Complexity: 2)
Trigonometry
Ability to use trigonometry to identify and calculate the unknown lengths and angles of triangles. (Complexity: 2)