Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

On a vehicle damage panel technician apprenticeship you’ll help remove, repair and replace vehicle body panels to manufacturer specification.

A car damage panel technician removes, repairs, and replaces automobile body panels following manufacturer requirements. Vehicles include automobiles and light commercial vehicles.

As a technician, you will work both alone and as part of a team, using your skills to precisely identify the different body panel types and the right tools to finish the operation to the highest quality possible. In addition, panel technicians must keep up to date on essential equipment, and sophisticated repair techniques in the car industry since motor vehicle technology evolves at a fast rate.

This will be accomplished according to the manufacturer’s instructions and modification advisories. Jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools, and cutting-edge instruments like reinforced plastic carbon fibre diagnostic ultrasonography may be employed.

What you’ll learn

On a vehicle damage panel technician apprenticeship, you’ll learn to:

  • Identify building materials so that correct connection methods and manufacturer requirements may be followed.
  • Recognise and grasp the proper joining process, such as when to use resistance spot welding, mig brazing, or bonding.
  • Remove, repair, and replace car body panels and components in a safe and efficient manner
  • Recognise and operate the correct repair tools, equipment, and devices used in the process, such as panel pulling systems, jig and alignment tools, spot welders, and brazing tools.
  • Identify and transmit additional damage, such as panels considered to be reparable but proven to be beyond repair once worked on, as well as damage that could not be identified on initial inspection.
  • Detect and rectify defects in a vehicle’s structure that endanger its safety.

What you’ll do

Your day-to-day tasks on a vehicle damage panel technician apprenticeship could be to:

  • Identify the amount of the damage and the best way to repair it.
  • Remove any damaged panels or items to be repaired.
  • Construct body panels and components, then weld them together.
  • Refinish the restoration to match the surrounding areas
  • Maintain a record of all completed work for current clients.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • Depending on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience.

Assessment methods

The End Point Assessment consists of two distinct assessment methods:

  • Knowledge Test
  • Professional Discussion (supported by a portfolio of evidence)
  • Practical Skills Test

Working environment

You could work in a workshop or at a garage.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience, you may be able to rise to the lead fitter or technician position, or you may be able to advance to supervisory and body-shop management roles in larger organisations. As an assessor, you might potentially work for a repair shop or an insurance company.

You might even establish your own company that specialises in mobile repair.

Key facts

Duration: 36 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements: Depend on employer, but likely GCSEs or equivalent qualifications or relevant experience

Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advance)—equivalent to a GCSEs

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000

Apprenticeship Standard

More information about the Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship standard can be found here.

Apprenticeship End Point Assessment

For more information about the End Point Assessment Process, please read the Institute of Apprenticeships’ information page.

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