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    Automotive Body and Related Repairers

    Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

    File, grind, sand and smooth filled or repaired surfaces, using power tools and hand tools. Sand body areas to be painted and cover bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint. Follow supervisors' instructions as to which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take. Remove damaged sections of vehicles using metal-cutting guns, air grinders and wrenches, and install replacement parts using wrenches or welding equipment. Cut and tape plastic separating film to outside repair areas in order to avoid damaging surrounding surfaces during repair procedure, and remove tape and wash surfaces after repairs are complete. Prime and paint repaired surfaces, using paint sprayguns and motorized sanders. Inspect repaired vehicles for dimensional accuracy and test drive them to ensure proper alignment and handling. Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in restoring damaged areas. Chain or clamp frames and sections to alignment machines that use hydraulic pressure to align damaged components. Fill small dents that cannot be worked out with plastic or solder. Fit and weld replacement parts into place, using wrenches and welding equipment, and grind down welds to smooth them, using power grinders and other tools. Position dolly blocks against surfaces of dented areas and beat opposite surfaces to remove dents, using hammers. Remove damaged panels, and identify the family and properties of the plastic used on a vehicle. Review damage reports, prepare or review repair cost estimates, and plan work to be performed. Remove small pits and dimples in body metal using pick hammers and punches. Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat-operating equipment, and trim in order to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders. Clean work areas, using air hoses, in order to remove damaged material and discarded fiberglass strips used in repair procedures. Adjust or align headlights, wheels, and brake systems. Apply heat to plastic panels, using hot-air welding guns or immersion in hot water, and press the softened panels back into shape by hand. Soak fiberglass matting in resin mixtures, and apply layers of matting over repair areas to specified thicknesses. Cut openings in vehicle bodies for the installation of customized windows, using templates and power shears or chisels. Fit and secure windows, vinyl roofs, and metal trim to vehicle bodies, using caulking guns, adhesive brushes, and mallets. Read specifications or confer with customers in order to determine the desired custom modifications for altering the appearance of vehicles. Replace damaged glass on vehicles. Measure and mark vinyl material and cut material to size for roof installation, using rules, straightedges, and hand shears.

    Mechanical -- Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. Administration and Management -- Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Customer and Personal Service -- Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. English Language -- Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    Equipment Selection -- Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job. Repairing -- Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools. Troubleshooting -- Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it. Installation -- Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications. Learning Strategies -- Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. Complex Problem Solving -- Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. Reading Comprehension -- Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. Equipment Maintenance -- Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed. Time Management -- Managing one's own time and the time of others.

    Arm-Hand Steadiness -- The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position. Extent Flexibility -- The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs. Control Precision -- The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions. Problem Sensitivity -- The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. Manual Dexterity -- The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects. Near Vision -- The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). Selective Attention -- The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. Oral Expression -- The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. Oral Comprehension -- The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. Multilimb Coordination -- The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.

    Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material -- Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment -- Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft. Getting Information -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships -- Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. Handling and Moving Objects -- Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things. Making Decisions and Solving Problems -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge -- Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events -- Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People -- Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.