What Do Auto Collision Repair Technicians Do?
Maybe you’re considering becoming an Auto Collision Repair Technician, or perhaps you’re wondering what they do in their day-to-day jobs. Either way, you’ve come to the right place! Read on to learn more about the job responsibilities of a typical Auto Body Repair Technician, the education requirements, the typical work environment, and salary expectations.
Job Responsibilities of an Auto Collision Repair Technician
An Auto Collision Repair Technician is responsible for having the skills and knowledge needed to repair bodywork damage to a vehicle that has been in an accident. Technicians assess the sustained damage, order parts to fix the vehicle, and repair the damage. In some auto collision repair facilities, technicians are also responsible for creating repair estimates, working with insurance companies, and even auto painting. In cases like these, auto collision repair technicians work to determine whether a car should be fixed or totaled. Oftentimes a vehicle’s damage is not worth fixing.
Summary of Responsibilities:
- Examining damage on vehicles
- Giving estimates for repairs
- Ordering parts needed to complete repairs
- Repairing auto damage and installing parts
- Painting and finishing the vehicle
Education Needed to Become an Auto Collision Repair Technician
In many states, there aren’t any formal education requirements to become an Auto Body Repair Technician. It is highly recommended that those aspiring to become technicians finish Auto Collision Repair Certificate Programs, or earn an associate degree in the field. Hands-on experience is important to ensure technicians have the knowledge to complete a repair accurately.
Colorado Coach Auto Body requires our technicians to have formal training. We also require up-to-date I-Car certifications and work with many technicians to become certified for specific auto manufacturer repairs, like Audi or BMW.
Typical Work Environment of an Auto Collision Repair Technician
Auto Collision Repair Technicians typically work in indoor body shops to ensure a clean environment for the vehicle. Body shops are often noisy. They should be well-ventilated, ensuring that dust particles and paint fumes aren’t bothersome to the workers. During some repairs, wearing hearing protection, eye protection, and face masks that protect workers from breathing in chemicals is essential. Auto Collision Repair Technicians often work in awkward positions, making the work physically demanding.
At Colorado Coach Auto Body, we keep our facility clean and ventilated. We provide the necessary equipment and safety measures to ensure successful auto body repairs. We have a brand new front office area and a large break room. Plus, we are located in the heart of Boulder, Colorado, near walking paths, a disc golf course, and a bike park.
Salary Expectations for an Auto Collision Repair Technician
According to salary.com, as of September 26th, 2022, the average Auto Collision Repair Technician salary in the United States is $65,966. When diving deeper, technician salaries vary depending on location and allocated work. A comparably.com article states that the Auto Body Technicians’ salaries can range from $22,256 to $611,998.
In Colorado, the average Auto Body Technician makes anywhere from $56,237 to $75,182. Many shops also provide full health benefits and retirement programs like 401K matching.
Are you interested in working at Colorado Coach Auto Body in Boulder, Colorado? Contact us today!