Collision Repair Technician Kaihangarau Tinana Waka

Collision repair technicians repair and replace damaged body parts of cars and other vehicles.

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Collision repair technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • talk to customers about vehicle repairs, and estimate costs
  • remove and replace parts to access repairs, or to allow for painting
  • align and reshape damaged panels and frames
  • carry out structural repairs using a chassis machine and 3D measuring equipment
  • replace sections of vehicles and weld in replacements following manufacturers' instructions
  • repair rust
  • sand and prepare panels and parts for spray painting
  • spray paint panels.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for collision repair technicians includes:

  • experience with, and passion for, vehicles
  • spray painting
  • welding
  • work in an automotive industry trade such as automotive engineering
  • car grooming
  • metal fabrication or car restoration
  • sheet metal work.

Personal Qualities

Collision repair technicians need to be:

  • motivated, responsible and honest
  • careful, patient and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions and ask questions
  • able to work independently
  • good at problem solving and basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for collision repair technicians includes:

  • experience with, and passion for, vehicles
  • spray painting
  • welding
  • work in an automotive industry trade such as automotive engineering
  • car grooming
  • metal fabrication or car restoration
  • sheet metal work.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but many employers prefer apprentices to have at least three years of secondary education. Useful subjects include maths, construction and mechanical technologies, and English.

For Year 11 to 13 learners, trades academies and the StartUp, STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Collision Repair Technicians can earn around $19-$35 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Collision Repair Technician are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Collision repair technicians may progress to set up their own business, or become assessors, tutors, or estimators.

Some collision repair technicians specialise in a particular aspect of the job, such as body work or painting.

Collision Repair Technician

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