A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. The vehicles can include cars and light commercial vehicles.
A technician is able to work independently and as part of a team following a defined process, using their skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard. With motor vehicle technology changing all the time panel technicians keep up to date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry.
They do so by adhering to the manufacturer’s literature and modification bulletins. The equipment they use can include using jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools, as well as new equipment such as Reinforced Plastic Carbon Fibre diagnostic ultrasound tools. A competent Vehicle Damage Panel Technician will meet the following competency requirements.
Names of typical job titles:
Panel Beater, Panel Technician, Body Repairer
Typical completion time is likely to be 36 months. This may reduce if an apprentice has gained previous relevant knowledge and skills.
Expert working Knowledge & understanding of:
All apprentices must undertake an independent endpoint assessment which is an assessment of the knowledge, skills and behaviours which have been developed throughout the apprenticeship. The purpose of the assessment is to make sure the apprentice meets the standard set by employers and are fully competent in the occupation.
Apprentices must complete, or have previously completed recognised English and Mathematics Level 2 qualifications prior to taking the end-point assessment.
This apprenticeship provides an ideal entry into the occupation and supports progression within the sector.
Depending on your situation, you may be able to access a range of financial support available.