In a typical work setting, auto body repairers:
- Communicate face-to-face daily with customers and coworkers. Occasionally communicate over the phone.
- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of others. The materials and equipment they use must be handled correctly to keep the work place safe for everyone.
- Work as part of a team on complex repairs. As a result, are somewhat responsible for the work done by others.
- May occasionally work with unpleasant, angry or rude customers.
Physical Work Conditions
- Work indoors in a shop that usually has no heating or air conditioning. Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures.
- Wear protective clothing and equipment daily. This includes coveralls, safety glasses or goggles, and gloves.
- Are always exposed to noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable. Wearing ear protection can reduce discomfort.
- Are exposed daily to contaminants, such as fumes from paint and solvents. The use of protective masks and adequate ventilation may reduce exposure risk.
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- Are always exposed to hazardous tools, equipment, and situations. There is some possibility of slight injury. However, injuries are reduced when safety equipment and procedures are used.
- Must often work in cramped places that require getting into awkward positions, like working on the inside of a car.
- Must be very exact in their work. Errors could cause serious injury to customers.
- Perform all details of the job to make sure the vehicle is reliable and safe to operate.
- Repeat the same physical activities daily.
- Meet strict deadlines everyday and work in a moderately competitive environment.
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- Rarely consult a supervisor before making a decision. They can set most of their own tasks and priorities.
- Usually have a regular schedule and work 40 hours or more each week.