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 away
repair damaged body panels with specialist tools and equipment
use measuring, mechanical and hydraulic equipment to restore vehicles to factory clearances
cut and join replacement sections or damaged panels using correct welding procedures
repair dents with plastic fillers, and file, grind and sand repaired surfaces using power and hand tools
fit the repaired panels on the framework of the vehicle and refit body hardware, such as door locks and door trims
replace badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panels
realign chassis and body frames using chassis aligners and measuring systems
remove and replace accident-related mechanical items
remove and replace auto-electric components
help vehicle body builders to build custom-designed, speciality or vintage vehicles
assist 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.