Red Seal Trades

Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)

NOC: 7322
Designation Year: 1964

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program
The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program

Motor vehicle body repairers (metal and paint) repair and restore damaged motor vehicles. They assess body damage and make repair estimates. Their repair work may range from correcting minor structural damage and cosmetic scratches and dents to fixing extensive structural damage to motor vehicles. Some parts may need to be removed for access or during repairs. Vehicle parts that are damaged beyond repair are replaced. The alignment and replacement of suspension and steering components may also be a part of this trade. Restoring interior components of vehicles falls within the scope of the trade. They work with electronic components and passenger restraint systems such as seat belts and air bags.

In this sector, most motor vehicle body repairers work in private enterprises or are self‑employed. They may be employed by body shops, auto and truck dealerships, custom shops, and trucking and bus companies. In larger shops or dealerships, there may be a division of responsibilities among the team of repair professionals. Some may work exclusively on collision specialization such as damage repair, frame straightening, painting, suspension, detailing, or auto glass installation. Generally in smaller shops, journeypersons tend to be responsible for a wider range of these duties. While they may work as part of the repair team, which includes other motor vehicle body repairers, automotive painters, automotive service technicians, and others in the automotive sector, journeypersons tend to carry out their duties alone.

Motor vehicle body repairers require proficiency with a variety of tools and equipment, some of which are technologically advanced. Hand and power tools are used in the repair and replacement of motor vehicle parts. Welding, cutting and soldering equipment are also used. Motor vehicle body repairers work with a number of materials such as metal, glass, plastic and composites. Surface repairs may require the application of body fillers. In addition, they may prepare surfaces for refinishing and apply a variety of appropriate refinishing products. They must have refinishing application and detailing skills.

Working environments vary in this trade. Typically, motor vehicle body repairers work indoors in an environment that is noisy and dusty. However, many shops are well ventilated to reduce health risks from dust and fumes. Health and safety are important issues as these workers are frequently in contact with chemicals (e.g. paints, solvents and fillers) and physical hazards
(e.g. frame equipment, sharp metal). Ongoing safety training and good safety standards and regulations are important.

Key attributes for people entering this trade are good communication skills, mechanical aptitude, problem solving skills, an eye for detail, computer literacy and a commitment to ongoing training. The work often requires considerable standing, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling and reaching.

With experience, motor vehicle body repairers may move into supervisory positions, start their own business, or become auto damage appraisers. Some of the skills of this trade may be transferred to other occupations such as sheet metal worker, glazier or automotive service technician.

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