Vehicle Damage Panel Technician Apprenticeship
Start Date: 4th January 2021
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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.
If this sounds like the job for you, sign up today.
Employers with set the entry criteria for each apprenticeship. Apprentices will need a minimum of:
- GCSE grades 4 or above in English and maths
- Level 2 in English and maths
What will I achieve?
If you successfully complete this course you will receive confirmation of completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard at Newcastle College.
What will I learn?
- Foundation skills
- Tools and measuring devices used in body repair
- Removing and fitting non-permanently fixed body panels
- Identifying and rectifying minor damage repairs to body panels
- Vehicle construction and materials
- Resistance spot welding
- Metal Active Gas (MAG) welding techniques
- Metal insert gas (MIG) brazing techniques
- Removing and replacing permanently fixed body panels
- Identifying and rectifying major damage repairs to body panels
- Tungsten insert Gas (TIG) welding techniques
- Adhesive boding techniques
- Identifying and rectifying body misalignment
How is the course taught?
- Theoretical sessions
- Practical sessions
How am I assessed?
- On-site visits
- Skills tests and tasks
- Knowledge test
- Professional discussion
English and Maths
Maths and English will be embedded over the duration of the course within lessons taught through group work and individual learning where you will use number, measurement, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.
Where can I progress?
After completing the Vehicle Damage Panel Technician apprenticeship successfully, you could progress further onto ATA courses in each respective field or as a Master Technician.
If you are aged 16-18 when you begin your course you are likely to be eligible for free tuition. Detailed information can be found within the financial support section.
If you are aged 19+ the cost of the course will depend on your circumstances. Our support pages can help you determine your suitability.
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What can I do with a qualification in Automotive
Vehicle technicians, mechanics and electricians
- 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.
Median Salary£25,953 View more
Vehicle body builders and repairers
- 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.
Median Salary£24,160 View more
Care Workers and Home Carers
- Liaises with professional staff in carrying out care plans etc.
- Monitors service users.
- Undertakes light cleaning and domestic duties including meal preparation as required.
- Helps with daily activities such as letter writing, paying bills, collecting benefits.
- Provides interest and activities to stimulate and engage the service user.
- Generally assists with service users.
- Serves meals to service users at table or in bed, and assists with feeding if required.
- Assists and enables service users to dress, undress, wash, use the toilet and bathe.
Median Salary£19,742 View more
Vehicle and Parts Salespersons and Advisers
- 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.