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Auto Body Technician

Career Opportunities for Auto Body Technicians in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

If you love tinkering around with cars and bringing them back to life, a career as an auto body technician may be suitable for you. Find outstanding hands-on training at Pennco Tech, a vocational school that will help prepare you for an in-demand career in an exciting industry. We offer a collision repair program and other automotive training programs at our campuses in Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA, that can help you establish your career and grow your skills. Here, we’ll discuss the outlook and benefits of working as an auto body technician.

What Is an Auto Body Technician?

Auto body technicians are the personnel who attend to cars in need of repair. They work to assess, repair, and restore damaged cars and other vehicles and bring them back to their pre-accident condition. Technicians must pay great attention to detail and be able to work efficiently so they’ll spot all areas of damage and fix them within a reasonable timeframe.

Typical duties of an auto body technician include:

  • Inspecting vehicles for damage and generating an estimate for customers
  • Ordering necessary parts
  • Using specialized tools and equipment to reshape and repair parts of the body, such as bumpers, fenders, hoods, and trim
  • Patching or filling dents and scratches
  • Painting or coating the repaired areas
  • Checking and adjusting to ensure proper alignment

It will depend on your work environment, but some auto technicians will have plenty of contact with customers when discussing damage and repairs. It’s beneficial if prospective techs have customer service experience.

Benefits of Being an Auto Body Technician

People rely heavily on their vehicles to get them where they need to go. Every car will need regular servicing and maintenance to keep working smoothly and safely. When cars are involved in minor accidents and have damage that can be fixed, they’re taken to auto body technicians. Since driving accidents are so common, there will always be a demand for people to fix damaged cars, which is a great benefit for auto body technicians. Learn more about the benefits of working as one:

Different Work Everyday

For people looking for a hands-on and fast-paced career, being an auto body technician is a great option. It’s also different every day, as new customers and vehicles come in with various problems and damage. This will give you a chance to enhance your skillset and prevent boredom on the job. Since the auto industry is always evolving, there’s always a chance for technicians to learn more and update their knowledge regarding innovative technology and developments.

No College Degree Necessary

A benefit of becoming an auto body technician is that most of the jobs require only a high school diploma or equivalent, not a college degree. This will help you save money on student loans and years of schooling. This feature is also advantageous for high school graduates who want to start their careers more directly. Even though you won’t need a college degree, you will usually have to complete a vocational or trade school certificate, like the one offered through our automotive technology program.

Satisfying Work

For many people, cars are more than just a tool for getting around. They are a valuable possession that brings happiness. This is especially true for people with sports cars or luxury vehicles. When auto body technicians repair cars, they’re enabling people to continue using a much-needed resource or a luxury that brings them joy.

This aspect of the job often provides auto body technicians with satisfaction. When they finish a tough job, they know they’re helping their clients get back on the road and improving a car’s appearance. It can also be satisfying to fix your own car and know you’ll be able to save money on repairs by doing it yourself.

Job and Salary Outlook

When choosing a career path, it’s common to wonder about the salary and job outlook. According to Zip Recruiter, the average annual salary of an auto technician in New Jersey is $55,080 per year, and in Pennsylvania, $52,041. Salaries can vary depending on the work environment, location, certifications, and experience of each worker.

For job outlook, employment growth for auto technicians is projected to show average change from 2021 to 2031, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Around 73,300 automotive technician job openings are expected on average each year over the decade. This means there will be ample opportunities to find work in this field.

Find Your Future at Pennco Tech

Start training for a career you’ll love at Pennco Tech, a vocational school with campuses in Blackwood, NJ, and Bristol, PA. We’ve been dedicated to helping people find their career path and complete hands-on training since 1973. We provide financial aid for qualified students and career services to help graduates find rewarding jobs. Our training programs, like our collision repair program, use advanced techniques and updated equipment to prepare you for your career. Contact us today to get started on your journey toward a new career.

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