Panel beaters repair damage to metal, plastic and fibreglass bodywork on vehicles. They also make and form vehicle panels using machines or hand tools.
Duties & Tasks
Panel beaters may perform the following tasks:remove damaged panels and components by unbolting or cutting them awayrepair damaged body panels with specialist tools and equipmentuse measuring, mechanical and hydraulic equipment to restore vehicles to factory clearancescut and join replacement sections or damaged panels using correct welding proceduresrepair dents with plastic fillers, and file, grind and sand repaired surfaces using power and hand toolsfit the repaired panels on the framework of the vehicle and refit body hardware, such as door locks and door trimsreplace badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panelsrealign chassis and body frames using chassis aligners and measuring systemsremove and replace accident-related mechanical itemsremove and replace auto-electric componentshelp vehicle body builders to build custom-designed, speciality or vintage vehiclesassist with spray painting vehicles.
Panel beaters work in workshops and wear protective clothing.
- enjoy practical and manual activities able to work with hand tools and machines good hand-eye coordination able to visualise the end product normal colour vision aptitude for technical activities.