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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.
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- 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.
Outlook & Prospects for Motor Vehicle Body Repairers in Newfoundland and Labrador
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||2011-01-04|
LABOUR MARKET CONDITIONS
Motor Vehicle Body Repairers make up a small occupational group in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the 2006 Census, the labour force for this occupation consisted of 415 persons. At the time of the Census (May), 360 of these persons were employed. This was a decrease of 17% from 2001 levels. Over the same period, employment in all occupations increased by 7%.
Employment is mainly within the Other Services industry (72%). A smaller number also work in Retail (23%).
According to the 2006 Census, the unemployment rate for this occupation was 13% compared to 16% for occupations in general. Monthly reporting, November 2008 to October 2009, indicates that the number of persons collecting Employment Insurance benefits averaged 43 throughout this period.
GRADUATE FOLLOW-UP STATISTICS
In 2006, 16 people graduated from entry-level motor vehicle body repair programs. When contacted by the Department of Education for graduate follow-up, 63% of these people responded to the survey.
During the reference week (June 25 to July 1, 2007), an average of 100% of job-seeking respondents were working, compared to 84% for all one-year, entry-level programs. The success rate for finding related employment was 50% compared to 61% for all one-year, entry level programs.
Overall, results for these programs were below average.
The employment success of individuals who have obtained the journeyperson certification was better. This is likely related to added opportunities associated with years of relevant work experience and the level of certification.
The reference week is at the beginning of the summer when most of the seasonal jobs are underway. For most graduates, this week would occur approximately one year after graduation which would have allowed graduates a full year to find employment. For more information visit the CareerSearch 2008 website at:
The employment potential for this occupation is FAIR. This employment potential call is based on a review of statistics such as past employment growth in the occupation, the unemployment rate for the occupation (based on the 2006 Census), graduate follow-up survey information, economic forecasting and in-depth consultations with employers.
Opportunities are fair; however there are more opportunities for certified journeypersons in eastern areas of the province.
SOURCES OF INFORMATION
Canadian Occupational Projections System (COPS)
Department of Education, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
Human Resources, Labour and Employment (HRLE), Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
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