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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship

Start Date: 5th September 2022

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Earlier start dates may be available.

Newcastle College Automotive 8
  • Length 3 years
  • Study Part-Time
  • Location Employer Based

Qualification Gained

This is a Newcastle College Apprenticeship Standard.

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More about the course

Are you a methodical thinker who’s fast at fixing things? Do you fancy starting a career in the Automotive industry? If you like working with cars then the Vehicle Damage Panel Technician apprenticeship is for you.   

As a Vehicle Damage Panel Technician you will work to the highest possible standard both independently and as part of a team. You’ll follow a defined process, using your skills to correctly identify different body panel types and materials, whilst having the ability to use the correct repair tools and techniques.

As a Vehicle Damage Panel Technician you will repair and/or replace structural and non-structural body panels, carrying out thermal and non-thermal joining methods including spot welding and mechanical fasteners, as well as using bonding and riveting techniques in line with manufacturer’s specifications and approved researched repair methods.

You’ll also able to follow defined processes to fix vehicle body misalignment using specialist vehicle alignment jigs.

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What can I do with a qualification in Automotive

Daily tasks:

  • Repairs and services air conditioning, heating and engine-cooling systems.
  • Installs additional electrical amenities such as radio/CD players, aerials.
  • Checks condition of electrical/electronic systems and carries out servicing tasks.
  • Diagnoses faults in electrical/electronic circuitry, removes faulty components and fits replacements.
  • Carries out routine maintenance checks on oil and air filters, brakes and other vehicle parts/systems.
  • Reassembles, tests, adjusts and tunes the appropriate parts, systems or entire engine.
  • Removes, dismantles, repairs and replaces defective parts and prepares new parts using appropriate tools.
  • Visually checks, test drives or uses test equipment to diagnose engine and mechanical faults.

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Daily tasks:

  • Positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.
  • Installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops.
  • Hammers out dents in bodywork, fills in small depressions or corroded areas in solder, plastic or other filler compound and replaces body panels using hand and power tools.
  • Repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs.
  • Selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body.
  • Diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions.

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Daily tasks:

  • Orders new supplies, arranges storage and updates stock records.
  • Organises delivery of parts and handles payment.
  • Obtains parts from store or orders from suppliers.
  • Receives orders for parts by phone, email or in person and checks availability on stock record.
  • Updates stock record, orders new vehicles from manufacturer, buys in used cars.
  • Carries out pre-delivery inspection and formal hand-over of vehicle to customer.
  • Negotiates sale price including any ‘trade-in’ and extra accessories, works out finance arrangements and completes sales paperwork.
  • Discusses customer.

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Median Salary

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15th August -2nd September

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