Vehicle Body Builder

Summary

Vehicle body builders manufacture purpose-built bodies to fit chassis produced by other manufacturers. They also modify and repair vehicle bodies. They may work on buses, coaches, caravans, armoured vans, tray and van bodies, mobile workshops, semi-trailers, refrigerated vans, horse floats, fire trucks and special police vehicles.

Duties & Tasks

Vehicle body builders may perform the following tasks:

  • manufacture framework sections in metal, wood, fibreglass and other materials by working from engineering drawings, and by using shaping machinery and all types of welding and cutting equipment
  • form complete frameworks by welding or bolting sections to the vehicle's structure
  • make the panels used to cover the framework by cutting, shaping and attaching panels of sheetmetal, aluminium, stainless steel or reinforced plastic
  • fit axles, suspensions and brakes
  • design and fit mechanised equipment, such as winches and hoists, to various types of vehicle chassis
  • install door handles, locks and hinges
  • design and carry out chassis alterations in consultation with engineers, or alter assembly line vehicles to special requirements.

Working Conditions

As most vehicle body builders construct frames from metals, workshops can be noisy at times. Protective clothing and equipment must be worn when required.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy practical and manual activities
  • good hand-eye coordination
  • an eye for detail
  • aptitude for technical activities
  • interested in design and fabrication using metals and other products.

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