Trade & Industry Department | Auto Body Service Technology
Auto Body ServiceTechnology

Auto Body ServiceTechnology

 

Contact Person: Dick Frey
Office Location: Canyon 128
Direct Phone: 208-732-6336
Email: rhfrey@csi.edu

Contact Person: Tim Pierce
Office Location: Canyon 126
Direct Phone: 208-732-6331
Email: tpierce@csi.edu

The Auto Body Service Technology program is a great way to start you collision repair career. This program is one of the most challenging and rewarding career paths you can undertake. If you like working with your hands, and enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a vehicle that was damaged brought back to like new condition again then this could be the career for you.

General Industry Overview

Auto Body Service TechnologyAuto Body technicians repair small area damage to major collision damage and paint and refinish vehicle to percise color matches. Areas of repair include: Non-structural damage anaylsis & repair; Structural damage anaylsis & repair; Mechanical & Electrical Component repair; and Painting & Refinishing. An increase of more than 50,000 new jobs are expected by 2012 and is listed as the 14th fastest growing occupation in accordance with the Idaho Commerce and Labor Analysis Bureau dated 05/2005.

Employment of automotive body repairers is expected to grow as fast as average for all occupations through the year 2014. The need to replace experienced repairers who transfer to other occupations or who retire or stop working for other reasons will account for the majority of job openings. Opportunities will be best for persons with formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing. Those without formal training in automotive body refinishing or collision repair will face competition for these jobs.

Demand for qualified body repairers will increase as the number of motor vehicles in operation continues to grow in line with the Nation’s population. With each rise in the number of motor vehicles in use, the number of vehicles damaged in accidents also will grow. New automobile designs increasingly have body parts made of steel alloys, aluminum, and plastics—materials that are more difficult to work with than are traditional steel body parts. In addition, new automotive designs of lighter weight are prone to greater collision damage than are older, heavier designs, so more time is consumed in repair.

Auto Body Service TechnologyHowever, increasing demand due to growth in the number of vehicles in operation will be somewhat tempered by improvements in the quality of vehicles and technological innovations that enhance safety and reduce the likelihood of accidents. Also, more body parts are simply being replaced rather than repaired. Larger shops also are instituting productivity enhancements, such as employing a team approach to repairs to decrease repair time and expand their volume of work. In addition, demand for automotive body repair services will be constrained as more vehicles are declared a total loss after accidents. In many such cases, the vehicles are not repaired because of the high cost of replacing the increasingly complex parts and electronic components and fixing the extensive damage that results when airbags deploy. Employment growth will continue to be concentrated in automotive body, paint, interior, and glass repair shops. Automobile dealers will employ a smaller portion of this occupation as the equipment needed for collision repair becomes more specialized and expensive to operate and maintain.

Experienced body repairers are rarely laid off during a general slowdown in the economy. Automotive repair business is not very sensitive to changes in economic conditions because major body damage must be repaired if a vehicle is to be restored to safe operating condition. However, repair of minor dents and crumpled fenders often can be deferred when drivers’ budgets become tight.

Job opportunities

Student (during their cooperative education cycle) and entry level technicians usually start as an assistant to either a body repair technician or paint technician. They assist with disassembly and reassembly of collision damaged vehicles and refinish preparations/detailing. Gradually over a 1 to 2 year period these individuals become self sufficient and independent technicians.

"Well you say". Sounds good but what about pay?

Wages

South Central Idaho Wage Region

Automotive Body and Related Repairers
   
Wages
Type
Count 
Mean
Entry
25 %
Median
75 %
Annual wage or salary 80 $36,105 $26,947 $27,518 $30,720 $48,680
Hourly wage 80 $17.36 $12.96 $13.23 $14.77 $23.40

 

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