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