Accident Repair Centres repair and restore damaged vehicles after an accident or crash. They can be Main Dealer run Bodyshops or independently run Accident Repair Centres and require a range of skills across a variety of roles which collectively make up the Bodyshop team.
Working at an Accident Repair Centre means working on a diverse range of vehicles; from cars, vans and light commercial vehicles to motorbikes, caravans and motorhomes. All work must be completed to the standards set out by manufacturers in order to ensure the vehicles are road worthy.
The team within an Accident Repair Centre will be used to working with different types of materials, engine types, hydraulic systems and electrical/electronic components that make up the vehicles on the road today. In order to make the repairs as quick and efficient as possible, the Bodyshop Technicians are usually specialist in a specific role and two important specialist roles include the Panel Beaters and Paint Sprayers.
The role of An Accident Repair Centre Panel Beater includes removing and refitting panels, carrying out bodywork repairs on a vehicle such as panel beating and body filling as well as working on the vehicle chassis. This work will generally be carried out once the Vehicle Damage Assessor has analysed the vehicle, given their recommendations for repair and gained approval from the involved parties including insurance companies and the customer. Once the Panel Beaters have completed their work the Paint Sprayers take over. Most Panel Beaters will be qualified to ATA or NVQ Level 2/3 standards and will be used to working in a manual, labour intense job.
A Paint Sprayer in an Accident Repair Centre is another skilled job. They are responsible for preparing vehicles including buffing, polishing and priming surfaces before spray painting, they accurately mix paint colours to the right shade and consistency to match the rest of the body colour, usually using computerised paint mixing technology, and then apply the paint either using a spray machine or a hand held spray gun. Before the vehicle leaves the Bodyshop they will apply a protective finish to it to help maintain the paintwork.
Most Accident Repair Centres offer regular training and fantastic career progression opportunities.
If you want to fast-track your automotive career in an Accident Repair Centre or Bodyshop, you can check out our latest opportunities here.