When cars and trucks are damaged in accidents, professionals restore the physical conditions of the vehicles’ bodies and parts. A panel beater, also commonly referred to as an auto body repair technician, performs the renovations. According to payscale.com, the average annual salary for a panel beater in the United States in July 2010 was between £17,273 and £29,324.
Restoring vehicles to their original physical condition is the main duty of a panel beater. She assesses the damage, prepares an estimate and proceeds with the repairs upon customer authorisation of the work. Her job may entail basic structural restoration or include repairing or replacing interior parts and systems.
Expertise in using a wide range of hand and power tools is required. Reading schematics and wire drawings is necessary. Skills in bending metal, refinishing and filling surfaces, painting and parts replacement are needed.
No formal education is required for this position. Experience in automotive body repair and restoration is desirable. Knowledge of mechanical systems and parts is preferred.