To work as an auto body repairer, you typically need to:
- have a high school diploma or equivalent; and
- complete long-term, on-the-job training.
Education after high school
Some auto body repairers receive formal training. They complete training programs at professional-technical schools, two-year colleges, and some high schools. In these programs, you learn about equipment, tools, and the new materials used in cars.
Most auto body repairers train on the job. They begin by working as a helper. Training includes:
- removing damaged auto parts;
- sanding parts; and
- straightening auto body parts.
On-the-job training usually lasts at least one year.
Repairers also receive short-term training provided by vehicle, parts, and equipment manufacturers.
The military trains people to become automotive and heavy equipment mechanics. Part of this training involves learning auto body repair. Training lasts from eight to 29 weeks, depending on the specialty. Further training occurs on the job.