Motor vehicle body repairers

Motor vehicle body repairers

NOC
7322

Repair and restore damaged motor vehicle body parts and interiors. They also repaint body surfaces and repair or replace automotive glass.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

91
 

Median Hourly Wage

$19.00
$15.00
Low
$30.00
High

Median Salary

$35,526
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

671
 

% Working Full Time

93%
 

% Working Full Year

73%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Motor vehicle body repairers repair and restore damaged motor vehicle body parts and interior finishing; repaint body surfaces; and repair and/or replace automotive glass. They are employed by automobile dealerships, automobile body repair shops and automobile appraisal centres. This unit group also includes metal repairers who repair defective automobile body parts and damage to the bodies of newly assembled cars. They are employed by motor vehicle manufacturers.

Main Duties

Workers in this unit group perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Review damage report and estimates of repair cost and plan work to be performed
  • Repair and replace front end components, body components, doors and frame and underbody components
  • Hammer out dents, buckles and other defects using blocks and hammers
  • Operate soldering equipment or use plastic filler to fill holes, dents and seams
  • Remove damaged fenders, panels and grills using wrenches and cutting torch and bolt or weld replacement parts into place
  • Straighten bent frames using frame and underbody pulling and anchoring equipment
  • File, grind and sand repaired body surfaces using hand and power tools
  • Mask and tape auto body surfaces in preparation for painting
  • Mix paint, blend and match colors
  • Apply primers and repaint surfaces using brush or spray guns
  • Repair and replace glass components such as windshields, windows and sunroofs
  • Repair or replace interior components, such as seat frame assembly, carpets and floorboard insulation
  • Inspect repaired vehicles and test drive vehicles for proper handling.

Also Known As

  • autobody repairer
  • automotive body mechanic
  • automotive glass technician
  • automotive painter - motor vehicle repair
  • automotive painter apprentice
  • metal finisher - motor vehicle manufacturing
  • metal repairer - motor vehicle manufacturing
  • motor vehicle body repairer apprentice
  • motor vehicle body technician - truck
  • painter - motor vehicle repair
Requirements

Employment Requirements

Motor vehicle body repairers

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three- to four-year motor vehicle body repair apprenticeship program or A combination of over three years of work experience in the motor vehicle body repair trade and completion of a high school or college automotive body repair program is usually required to be eligible for trade certification.
  • Trade certification for motor vehicle body repairer (metal and paint) is compulsory in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
  • Auto body repairer certification is compulsory in Ontario and Alberta and available, but voluntary, in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified motor vehicle body repairers (metal and paint) upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Automotive painters

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a two- to three-year automotive painter apprenticeship program or A combination of one year of work experience in the automotive painter trade and completion of a high school or college automotive painting program is usually required for automotive painter trade certification.
  • Automotive painter certification is compulsory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
  • Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified automotive painters upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Automotive glass installers and repairers

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Auto glass industry certification is usually required.
  • Apprenticeship training and trade certification for automotive glass technicians is available, but voluntary, in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.

Metal repairers, motor vehicle manufacturing

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • One to two years of on-the-job training are provided.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: No
  • Red Seal: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

4.3%
Female
95.7%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

9.1%
15-24
15.9%
25-34
12.1%
35-44
31.8%
45-54
28.8%
55-64
2.3%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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16.4%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
14.2%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
32.1%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
34.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
3.0%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

71.4%
Other services (except public administration)
18.0%
Retail trade
3.8%
Transportation and warehousing
6.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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17.40%
Northeast
29.50%
Southeast
22.00%
Southwest
17.40%
Central
13.60%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$27,435
Northeast
$38,246
Southeast
$46,314
Southwest
$42,207
Central
$35,527
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

No Data Available

Southeast

$19.00
$15.00
Low
$30.00
High

Southwest

$19.00
$15.00
Low
$30.00
High

Central

$19.00
$15.00
Low
$30.00
High

Northwest

$19.00
$15.00
Low
$30.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$35,526

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$40,504

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$35,526

Newfoundland

$44,081

Prince Edward Island

$32,415

Nova Scotia

$40,538

Canada

$42,882
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

91
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

1
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

89
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

295
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

14
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

283