If you are fond of cars and have an eye for appreciating its body then you should consider getting into the auto body repair business which is turning to be a rapid growing industry ever since the invention of cars.
Being an auto body repair technician means that you are responsible for fixing the body of automobiles such as getting rid of dents, straightening bent parts in the car and replacing those that are beyond repair – some technicians also get to refinish car bodies and sometimes replace even the glass components of the body.
An auto body repair technician can work alone or on a team wherein the most experienced technicians can supervise apprentices. You can work for automobile dealers, private companies, collision centers and on your own.
It is not hard to start a career in the auto repair industry. A person with a high school diploma can easily get a job as an auto body repair technician but he or she will be required to undergo some specialized training. If you are interested in working on newer vehicles then you will have to go through advanced training.
Aspiring auto body repair technicians should pursue classes in chemistry, mathematics, physics, computers and electronics in order to be the best in the field. There are technical and trade schools that can provide training for auto body repair which would take about six months to two years. It would depend on the school and the type of training that you would want to pursue. You should take note that you are required to have 3 to 4 years of on the job training before you can be fully qualified to handle every aspect of auto body repair. The more areas you are able to cover – the more pay you can get.
The learning does not stop once you are able to get a certificate. Throughout the entire career you will be expected to keep up with the latest trends in the automobile industry and you will be required to study and take advanced courses in order to be able to keep up with the newest vehicle technologies and techniques in the field.