Vehicle body builders and repairers


Average Annual Pay

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Average Weekly Hours

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Unemployment Rate

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Job holders in this unit group construct and repair the bodies of road vehicles, and fit interior and exterior fittings to vehicle bodies.


There are no formal academic entry requirements although some employers may require GCSEs/S grades or an equivalent qualification. Apprenticeships at NVQ/SVQ Levels 2 and 3 are also available and take between three to four years to complete. Off- and on-the-job training is provided. NVQs/SVQs at Levels 2 and 3 are available.

Typical tasks

  • diagnoses job requirements or ascertains work specifications from drawings or instructions;
  • selects, cuts, shapes and assembles materials to form parts of vehicle underframe, framework and body;
  • repairs damage to chassis and engine mountings using hydraulic rams, jacks and jigs;
  • 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;
  • installs and repairs interior fittings including seats, seatbelts and fascia in cars, sinks and special features in caravans and mobile shops;
  • positions, secures and repairs external fittings including windows, doors, door handles, catches and roof attachments.

Common job titles

Builder, vehicle
Technician, trim, mechanical and electrical
Repairer, van
Technician, panel
Maker, body
Man, timber (vehicle mfr)
Maker, coach
Repairer, coach
Beader (coach building)
Builder, coach
Repairer, body, vehicle
Beater, panel
Renovator, car
Joiner, coach
Maker, body (motor vehicle mfr)
Builder, caravan
Restorer, car
Repairer, body, car
Finisher, car
Restorer, motorcycle
Maker, body (railways)
Builder, body
Maker, body, coach
Fitter, body
Technician, bodyshop
Maker, body, carriage
Repairer, body
Maker, wagon
Finisher, body (vehicle mfr)
Beater and sprayer, paint
Technician, restoration
Builder, carriage
Restorer, vehicle
Finisher (vehicle mfr)
Bodyworker (garage)
Finisher (coach building)
Fitter, caravan
Maker and repairer, body
Repairer, box, horse
Builder, frame (vehicle mfr)
Finisher, coach
Builder, wagon
Maker, body, motor
Builder, ambulance