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NOC Code: NOC Code: 7322b Occupation: Motor vehicle body repairers
Occupation Description: Occupation Description:
Motor vehicle body repairers (metal and paint) repair and restore damaged motor vehicle bodies, as well as their collision-damaged mechanical and structural parts. Most motor vehicle body repairers work in private enterprises or are self-employed. Journeypersons may be employed by body shops, auto and truck dealerships, custom shops, and trucking and bus companies. Motor vehicle body repairers (metal and paint) repair and restore damaged motor vehicle bodies, as well as their collision-damaged mechanical and structural parts. Most motor vehicle body repairers work in private enterprises or are self-employed. Journeypersons may be employed by body shops, auto and truck dealerships, custom shops, and trucking and bus companies.

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Essential Skills Essential Skills Levels
Reading Reading 1 2 3 4
Writing Writing 1 2 3
Document Use Document Use 1 2 3
Digital Technology Digital Technology 1 2
Oral Communication Oral Communication 1 2 3
Money Math Money Math 1 2
Measurement and Calculation Measurement and Calculation 1
Data Analysis Data Analysis 1
Numerical Estimation Numerical Estimation 1 2
Job Task Planning and Organizing Job Task Planning and Organizing 1 2
Decision Making Decision Making 1 2 3
Problem Solving Problem Solving 1 2
Finding Information Finding Information 1 2
Critical Thinking Critical Thinking 1 2 3

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  • Read instructions on labels and packaging, e.g. read directions to learn how to mix products, such as resins and hardeners. (1)
  • Read brief text entries on forms, e.g. read work orders to learn about damaged and malfunctioning hoods, doors and trunk locks, and details of customers' requests. (1)
  • Read technical service bulletins, e.g. read automobile manufacturers' bulletins to learn the procedures for removing non-deployed air bags. (2)
  • Read memos, e.g. read memos to learn about changes to work schedules and upcoming training events. (2)
  • Read a variety of safety-related information, e.g. read Material Safety Data Sheets to learn how to safely work with hazardous products, such as resins. (2)
  • Read web blogs, e.g. read information on web blogs to learn about repair techniques used by other motor vehicle body repairers. (3)
  • Read a variety of manuals, e.g. read vehicle manufacturers' service and repair manuals to learn repair procedures and how to operate equipment, such as frame straighteners. (3)
  • Read trade magazines, e.g. read online articles in trade magazines, such as Bodyshop, to learn about new repair techniques and industry trends. (3)
  • Read a variety of Acts, regulations and bylaws, e.g. read sections of provincial highway traffic Acts to learn about regulations for reporting and repairing vehicles deemed to be irreparable. (4)
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  • Write reminders and notes for co-workers, e.g. write reminders for tasks that need to be carried out on specific vehicles. (1)
  • Write notes on estimate and inspection forms, e.g. provide explanations about why extra time was needed to complete repairs. (2)
  • Write reports to describe events leading up to workplace accidents, e.g. write about injuries and events when completing reports for workers' compensation boards. (2)
  • Write web blogs, e.g. write comments and suggestions on web blogs to help other motor vehicle body repairers complete unusual or intricate repairs. (3)
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Document Use
  • Locate data on labels, e.g. locate product identification numbers, sizes and colours on parts labels. (1)
  • Enter data on forms, e.g. record time spent repairing vehicles on time cards and work orders. (1)
  • Observe warning signs and symbols, e.g. identify Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) hazard symbols on product labels. (1)
  • Study technical drawings to locate dimensions and identify shapes, position and orientation of vehicle parts and assemblies, e.g. use assembly diagrams to learn how to assemble and disassemble components for suspension, steering and braking systems. (2)
  • Locate data in work orders, estimates and other forms, e.g. locate data on estimate forms, such as identification numbers, contact information, costs and time allocated for repairs. (2)
  • Identify devices and circuits in schematics, e.g. identify connectors, switches, fuses and wire colours on electrical schematics of wiring harnesses. (3)
  • Locate and interpret data in graphs and flowcharts, e.g. interpret data on graphs produced by computerized wheel alignment equipment to complete repairs. (3)
  • Locate data in complex lists and tables, e.g. locate the dimensions of doors, hatches and trunks and seat belt restraint systems using manufacturers' specification tables. (3)
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Digital Technology
  • Use digital inspection (snake) cameras to visually inspect hard-to-access vehicle components for damage. (1)
  • Use personal digital assistant (PDA) devices to complete numeracy-related tasks, such as calculating material requirements. (1)
  • Use databases to retrieve repair information and technical drawings. (2)
  • Use specialized auto body service databases to access job assignments, input information on new jobs, retrieve and review past service information and complete work orders. (2)
  • Use browsers and search engines to access websites operated by equipment suppliers. Navigate web pages to locate information, such as equipment specifications and user guides. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access training courses and seminars offered by apprenticeship trainers, suppliers and employers. (2)
  • Use the Internet to access web blogs and forums to provide advice and learn how to complete unusual repairs. (2)
  • Exchange email and attachments with manufacturer support specialists. (2)
  • Use computerized measuring devices to determine point-to-point values and the symmetries of vehicle components. (2)
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Oral Communication
  • Discuss parts and supplies with partspersons and suppliers, e.g. speak with partspersons to request parts and check on the status of a delivery. (1)
  • Discuss repairs with customers, e.g. explain repair processes to customers, show them hidden damage not listed on estimates and respond to their questions and complaints. (2)
  • Discuss scheduling, work co-ordination and shop operations with co-workers and managers, e.g. speak with supervisors about damage to vehicles not identified in estimates and work orders. (2)
  • Participate in meetings, e.g. discuss safety issues and procedures during staff meetings. (2)
  • Exchange technical information with co-workers and helpdesk technicians, e.g. seek advice from helpdesk technicians to carry out tasks, such as troubleshooting equipment malfunctions and installing airbag sensors. (3)
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Money Math
  • Pay cash-on-delivery for parts, materials and supplies ordered. (1)
  • Check quantities, prices and totals on supplier invoices and approve them for payment. (2)
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Measurement and Calculation
  • Take a variety of measurements using instruments, such as tram bars, rulers, tapes, and laser and sonic measuring tools. (1)
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Data Analysis
  • Compare actual repair times to the repair times specified on work orders and estimates. (1)
  • Analyze measurements and compare them to manufacturers' specifications, e.g. compare before and after measurements when adjusting vehicle frames and door openings. (1)
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Numerical Estimation
  • Estimate times and materials required for projects by considering the scope of the project and the times and materials needed for similar projects in the past. (2)
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Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Motor vehicle body repairers work on several vehicles at different stages in the repair process. This requires them to organize and order their job tasks to ensure efficient use of both time and equipment. They may have to adjust their task priorities if parts are not available. They co-ordinate their work with that of painters and detailers to meet set timelines. (2)
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Decision Making
  • Decide to use original equipment manufacturer replacement parts to repair vehicles. Consider the type and cost of the required parts and customer preferences. (2)
  • Decide the order and priority of tasks. Consider the availability of equipment, such as frame straighteners, and the priority of unfinished work. (2)
  • Choose repair procedures and tools, e.g. decide whether to approach body panel repairs from the inside or outside by considering location and size of damaged sections. (2)
  • Decide to repair and replace defective and worn parts. Consider the extent of damage, cost of replacement parts and time required to bring damaged parts up to manufacturers' specifications. (3)
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Problem Solving
  • Encounter products, such as fillers and adhesives, that are not performing as specified. Contact suppliers to determine if particular brands and batches are defective. (1)
  • Repairs cannot be completed within specified times due to hidden damage. Itemize all unforeseen repairs, take photographs to illustrate the damage and present revised estimates to supervisors. (2)
  • Repairs cannot be completed because parts are unavailable. Ask parts persons to source the parts and rush their delivery. Inform supervisors of the delays and complete other tasks until the needed parts arrive. (2)
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Finding Information
  • Locate information about the products you use by reading product information sheets, container labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), and by talking with other painters and manufacturer representatives. (2)
  • Find information necessary to complete repairs by seeking advice on web blogs, speaking with customers, co-workers and colleagues, reading work orders, manufacturers' service and repair manuals and by searching online databases. (2)
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Critical Thinking
  • Evaluate the performance of apprentices. Consider apprentices' abilities to complete repairs in a timely and professional manner. (2)
  • Judge the severity of damage prior to beginning repairs. Review notes on work estimates, look for hidden damage when dismantling vehicles and use prior knowledge of secondary damage associated with similar accidents and vehicles. (3)
  • Judge the quality of repairs. Consider the shape, length and depth of bodylines, the fit of doors and other adjacent parts and the degree to which repairs match surrounding body components. (3)
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