In the future, I plan on graduating from high school and going to college to be a collision repair technician. I want to be a collision repair technician because I like to work on cars. When I watch T.V. and they work on cars, I start wishing that I could do that too. I love to help my dad work on his cars. I know it’s not a “girly” type thing to do but it’s what I love doing.
A collision repair technician evaluates collision damage and performs body repair on vehicles in compliance with factory and dealership specifications. In large shops, automotive collision repair technicians may specialize in one type of repair, such as frame straightening, door and fender repair, or glass replacement. Some collision repair technicians specialize in repairing fiberglass car bodies. As with all positions and dealerships, collision repair technicians are expected to uphold the highest ethical standards.
Things that I will be doing once I start collision repair include analyzing vehicle damage and working with estimator to determine the cost of the repair; straightening bent bodies, removing dents, and replacing damaged parts that are beyond repair; pulling or knocking out less serious dents, pits, and dimples; refinishing metal using a variety of tools, from metal cutting guns and hydraulic jacks to small pneumatic hammers and punches; repairing or replacing plastic body parts, which are increasingly in modern vehicles; and removing damaged panels and identifying the family and properties of the plastic used on the vehicle in order to determine the best method of repair before painting.
Job requirements for collision repair is that it is important for collision repair technicians to have a solid knowledge base of the many functions required in repairing damaged body parts and vehicle bodies. Candidates should be able to interpret vender catalogs and products. Two years experience in an apprentice program is recommended. A valid...