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Motor Vehicle Body Repairers

What they do?

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

A. Mix paint, blend and match colors

B. Apply primers and repaint surfaces using brush or spray guns

C. Repair and replace glass components such as windshields, windows and sunroofs

D. Repair or replace interior components, such as seat frame assembly, carpets and floorboard insulation

E. Inspect repaired vehicles and test drive vehicles for proper handling.

F. Review damage report and estimates of repair cost and plan work to be performed

G. Repair and replace front end components, body components, doors and frame and underbody components

Where they find work?

1. Other services (except public administration) - 74.0%
2. Retail trade - 14.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 2.0%
4. Transportation and warehousing - 2.0%

What education do I need?

1. Motor vehicle body repairers

2. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified automotive painters.

3. Automotive glass installers and repairers

4. Completion of secondary school is usually required.

5. Auto glass industry certification is usually required.

6. Apprenticeship training for automotive glass technicians is available in British Columbia.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Business
3. Mechanics
4. Sciences

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Motor Vehicle Body Repairers is $16.41/HR, which is below average for occupations in the trades, transport and equipment operators sector and below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Wage By Age


6% of Motor Vehicle Body Repairers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Motor Vehicle Body Repairers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. Hourly wages ($16.41) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

3. The unemployment rate (6%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be close to the average.

2. Although the retirement rate will likely be average, the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations are found in Alberta and Prince Edward Island while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (10%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Mechanics

2. Computerized equipment

3. Diagrams/schematics

Part Time Workers

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

3% of Motor Vehicle Body Repairers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 31,900 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 12% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be average influenced by a similar-to-average retirement age (61).

Self Employed

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 18% of Motor Vehicle Body Repairers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

2% of the individuals employed as Motor Vehicle Body Repairers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Below average.