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 equipmentform complete frameworks by welding or bolting sections to the vehicle's structuremake the panels used to cover the framework by cutting, shaping and attaching panels of sheetmetal, aluminium, stainless steel or reinforced plasticfit axles, suspensions and brakesdesign and fit mechanised equipment, such as winches and hoists, to various types of vehicle chassisinstall door handles, locks and hingesdesign 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.