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Auto Body Repairer & Painter
Shop Routine and Workplace Orientation - 80 req. hrs
Learn basic procedures and routines used in the day-to-day operation of an auto body repair shop.
Use and maintain typical shop tools and equipment; safely operate tools and equipment.
Learn and employ shop safety practices, including Right-to-Know and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Demonstrate awareness of basic mechanical concepts and procedures.
Read and understand shop policies and procedures.
Read and follow work order(s).
Understand Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) procedures and how to source information.
Understand cycle time and how each role impacts the business.
Identify tools of the trade, including but not limited to: ratchets (manual and power), socket sets, wrenches (SAE & metric), screwdrivers, TORX bits, body hammer set, prybars, pliers, vise grips, air tools, etc.
Body Trim Removal - 180 req. hrs
Remove interior and exterior trim and moldings.
Remove and install adhesive moldings and nameplates.
Tag and bag fasteners and trim, and retrieve for reassembly without loss or damage.
Basic Metal Work and Panel Replacement - 1200 req. hrs
Learn, understand, and explain the strains and stresses of damaged body panels.
Disassemble and reassemble bolt-on parts, including bumpers, Lights, fenders, hoods, decklids according to OEM specifications.
Disassemble used parts assemblies.
Disassemble, assemble, and align body panels.
Rough small dents with a hammer and dolly; ding small dents with a pick and file; Use metal shrinking and plastic filling techniques to repair small dents. Use all above procedures to repair large dents.
Learn and use various sandpaper grits when/where applicable.
Identify types of flexible bumpers and parts using various procedures repair accordingly, using techniques such as two-sided repair, hot stapling, finish sanding, application of flexible repair materials.
Research OEM procedures for proper removal of safety system components.
Metal Work - 1200 req. hrs
Remove heavily damaged panels and obstructions in preparation for metal repair work.
Assist with preparations for door panel, quarter panel, and pickup box side replacement, including drilling of spot welds.
Repair door panels, rocker panels, quarter panels, trunk lids, and hoods; transfer necessary parts to sites for repair.
Properly remove stationary and moveable glass.
Set up vehicle on frame straightening equipment and install measuring system. Locate vehicle anchoring points and remove components necessary to install such. Remove vehicle from frame equipment.
Remove and install mechanical components to allow for repairs.
Structural Repairs - 1500 req. hrs
Remove and replace outer door panels.
Use structural adhesives, foams, and sealers.
Use weld-through primers, adhesives, foams, and sealers.
Use appropriate anti-corrosion products pertaining to weld repairs.
Identify and research advanced high-strength steels and learn how to repair same.
Remove and replace bolt-on structural components.
Remove welded-on structural components; prepare vehicle For reinstallation of welded structural components.
Test fit attached and adjacent panels before welding.
Identify welding equipment.
Learn and understand welding terms and use appropriate PPE.
Protect vehicle and vehicle systems when welding.
Prepare surface metal for welding.
Perform test welds, such as: plug, seam, and stitch, prior to welding on vehicle.
Research OEM-recommended welding procedures, such as: Metal Inert Gas (MIG), MIG Pulse, MIG brazing, and squeeze-type resistance welding; use where appropriate.
Identify shielding gases to be used with each procedure.
Use proper weld primers and corrosion protection.
Maintain and care for welding equipment.
Mechanical Repairs to Collision Damage - 1200 req. hrs
Proper use of OEM or aftermarket scan tools as required by manufacturer guidelines for Pre-, in-Process, and Post-scans.
Obtain and utilize data from OEM sources to aid in diagnosing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS), steering, and suspension system damage.
Diagnose and repair minor wiring damage.
Troubleshoot simple electrical/lighting circuits and repair.
Diagnose and replace SRS per OEM procedures.
Diagnose steering and suspension components using comparative angles and measurements.
Develop a general understanding of wheel alignment.
Remove and replace steering and suspension components as needed.
Repair cooling system(s); identify appropriate coolant.
Repair air conditioning system(s); identify proper refrigerant and handle safely.
Aluminum Repair - 640 req. hrs
Work safely around aluminum and/or aluminum alloys.
Employ cleanliness procedures while working with aluminum and/or aluminum alloys.
Use OEM-recommended procedures when replacing aluminum panels, including use of fasteners and self-piercing rivet guns.
Straighten aluminum when required.
Prepare surfaces for welding.
Use aluminum welder; care for and maintain welder and welding wire.
Safety and Health - 24 req. hrs
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Proper Lifting Techniques
Right-to-Know/ Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
EPA Regulations for Working with Refrigerants, and Obtaining Required Certifications
First Aid – minimum 6.5 hours every 3 years
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – MUST comply with section 201-g of the Labor Law
Hazardous Waste Disposal and Hazardous Airborne Pollutants
Schematics and Mathematics - 24 req. hrs
Reading Technical Manuals and Procedures