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Auto Body Repair Technician

Employment Outlook
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) states that there will be an increasing demand for professional auto body mechanics as the number of cars on the road increases. The newer vehicles are made of steel alloys and plastics, which are more difficult to work with than the traditional steel auto body parts; which means that auto body mechanics will have to be highly trained to repair these materials. New mechanics in the field will see an average growth rate, with ample employment opportunities for the well trained worker. The median hourly wage paid to auto body mechanics is $16.68, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There are also many positions that turn into salaried employees who also can receive some incentive pay for quality workmanship and customer satisfaction.

Job Responsibilities
Once hired, an auto body mechanic works to remove dents caused by collisions. Measuring each area of the body of a vehicle, the mechanic gauges how far out of alignment it is. Using special equipment, he realigns the damaged parts. If an automobile is severely damaged, the mechanic must use welding skills to make the necessary repairs. Often, auto body repair shops require each mechanic to work on an entire vehicle, but the practice of specializing in one area (e.g., mechanic "A" focuses solely on fixing glass, while mechanic "B" focus solely on fixing moving parts) is slowly becoming standard practice.