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automotive body repair Course

Panelbeaters repair damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles, and form replacement vehicle panels. Automotive body repair technicians also interpret and apply automotive repair instructions, use and maintain panel beater tools and equipment, remove and store vehicle body components, repair vehicle chassis and frames, and apply original manufacturer specifications.

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Course Details

Duration: 1 – 2 years including holidays

Intake: 2 – 4 intakes per year

Costs: $10,000 – $15,000 per year

Locations: Sydney, Brisbane

Further study:

  • Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Diploma of Automotive Technology

Career opportunities: Automotive body repair technician, Panelbeater, Spray painter

Course Requirements

  • Minimum 18 years of age.
  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.
  • Completion of the equivalent of Australian Year 10.

Graduate Outcome

324111 (Panelbeater)

Average income for a week is $1,280 based on Job Outlook.

Tasks and duties

  • Removing damaged panels and parts, and removing upholstery and accessories to gain access
  • Removing dents by hammering panels
  • Straightening damaged vehicles and parts using mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • Replacing badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panels
  • Filling depressions with plastic filler, and filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces
  • Cutting and joining replacement sections using welding equipment
  • Fitting repaired or replacement panels on vehicles and refitting body hardware such as door locks and trims
  • May assist vehicle body builders in constructing and restoring custom-designed, vintage and other specialty vehicles
  • May spray-paint vehicles
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