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Panel beaters use metalworking and replenishing techniques to do the bodywork of the vehicles. They can do the accidental repair where a certain part or parts need to be fixed or replaced. They do the bodywork repair, fixing the dents, and refitting body hardware for cars, vans, and other common vehicles.
Most employers ask for GCSEs at grades A*-C (9-4). Many colleges offer vehicle maintenance and repair courses that you can take up to become a panel beater. If you want to make money while studying, there are options for paid apprenticeships available as well. Explore the different programmes being currently offered around you before taking your pick.
You need to be good at bodywork and frame repair skills along with knowing how to restore rusted parts of the vehicle to apply for panel beater jobs. Detailed knowledge of car mechanics is also needed for the role. You need to have manual dexterity and precision to be able to do the work efficiently.
The average per annum salary varies for entry-level and experienced panel beaters. The money that you can make doing the removing or dents and other Bodyshop work also depends on the working hours, employer and how good you are at doing the job. Search jobs in different areas of the automotive industry in the UK on InAutomotive!
Panel beaters are mostly employed by the specialist vehicle body repair workshops but automobile companies may also employ them for catering to the needs of their customers. You can get a job as a panel beater in a repair workshop or if you have years of experience, there are bright chances of you getting hired by a popular automobile manufacturer.
Commonly known as vehicle body repairers, the panel beaters perform the repair of the damaged bodywork of vehicles due to accidents or some other reasons. They utilise metalwork techniques for fixing the panels, mending the rusted parts, and removing the dents. The working hours can vary depending on the employer, so the panel beaters have to be adaptable to the work time and environment. They must be familiar with the usage of sophisticated bodyshop machinery and the need to have manual dexterity when using the tools for performing the repair work efficiently and with precision. Moulding new replacement panels are also in the panel beater job description.
The responsibilities of panel beaters include doing a detailed assessment of the damaged vehicles and providing cost, timeline and best solution on how to go about repairing them. They fix the dented parts and make sure that all the rusted sections are mended carefully. They also weld the repaired panels to bring them into their place along with taking care of the scratches that don’t require much effort to get rid of. They do the repair work with the dexterity that it matches the bodywork or makes the surface easy to paint for the paint sprayer along with maintaining a book for all the repair tasks.
You need to be attentive to detail for this line of work as without being meticulous, you will not be able to do the repair in a scrupulous manner. Good communication skills are essential for the job, you have to interact with the customers and other team members. Organisation skills and time management are a plus for this position as you will be able to manage the different tasks efficiently. Critical thinking and problem solving will help you come up with better ways to go about doing the repair work. Searching for panel beater jobs in the UK? Find your dream job with InAutomotive!
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