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Apprentice Vehicle Damage Panel Technician

Job description

Fix Auto is offering a fantastic opportunity for an Vehicle Damage Body Technician to join their team in Wigan. As a Vehicle Damage Panel Technician you will work within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating expert working knowledge in relation to the removal, repair & replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification

Your role includes the technical and practical needs for today’s motor vehicle body repair industry. You will study both the theory and practical aspects of the following:

  • Materials and consumables
  • Removing and fitting non-structural body panels
  • Motor vehicle chassis and body alignment, e.g., underbody measurement and its impact on suspension and steering geometry
  • Vehicle body types, panel identification, safety systems, materials and alternative fuel
  • Use of Body Panel Repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g., alignment jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools
  • Removal and replacement of body panels and associated parts e.g., mechanically fixed components, chemically fixed components
  • Interpretation of technical data for joining techniques and replacement panels
  • Quality control process and the implications of poor quality

Working for Fix Auto Wigan, the successful candidate will work independently and as part of a team following a defined process, using their skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work to the highest possible standard.

Duties will include:

  • Undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair, including safety precautions, panel preparation and body measurements
  • Identify the material used in the construction to enable the correct joining techniques and manufacturer specifications to be adhered to
  • Interpret relevant technical data and methods to make sure that any joints are in line with vehicle manufacturer specification and the vehicle/body panels are aligned correctly
  • Ability to identify and understand the correct joining technology
  • Remove, repair and replace vehicle body panels and components of the vehicle safely and efficiently
  • Operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process, panel pulling systems, jig and alignment tools, spot welders, brazing tools
  • Identify and communicate supplementary damage such as panels that were deemed to be reparable but once worked on were found to be beyond repair along with damage that could not be established on original inspection
  • Ability to detect and rectify faults within a vehicles structure that’s integral to its safety

Training will take place via Emtec, Ruddington on a block release model 8 x per year.

How to apply for this vacancy

You can apply for this vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service. If you require any assistance with applying for this vacancy please contact us on 0115 945 7260 or email the apprenticeship team.

Application deadline: 10/01/2022

Possible start date: 17/01/2022

Skills required

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Some experience within an automotive workshop environment
  • A keen interest in and knowledge of the motor vehicle industry

Qualifications required

4 GCSEs at grades A*-C/9-4 (or equivalent) including maths and English.

GCSEs (or equivalent) in science and ICT are desirable.

Training provided

Nationally recognised qualifications IMI Level 3 Vehicle Damage Panel technician apprenticeship standard, which includes:

  • Functional Skills Level 2 (if required)

Regular review and welfare visits from our assessors who will observe all evidence opportunities that occur naturally in the workplace.

Future progression

Upon successful completion and review of the apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to gain employment with the business.

Additional questions for candidates

During the application process you will be asked the following additional question(s) below. To prepare yourself, have a think about how you might answer them.

First question
Can you identify any experience or training you have completed, relevant to the chosen Apprenticeship?

Second question
How will you be travelling to and from the workplace ?

Employer information

Fix Auto Wigan is an expert in car body repair and collision repair for all types of vehicles. Our body shop in Wigan guarantees your cars body repair for life. Being part of Fix Auto's international network of body shops, we have established a reputation respected by many insurers. If you are from Wigan or elsewhere, call or visit our repair centre in Wigan for a free estimate on any accident repair or car body repair. Courtesy cars available.

Address details:

Fix Auto Wigan
Unit 140
Bradley Hall Trading Estate, Bradley Lane
Wigan
WN6 0XQ

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Reference number VAC001785304
Working week Monday - Thursday, 08:00 - 17:00, and Friday, 08:00 - 16:00.

(40 hours per week)

Expected duration 36 months
Apprenticeship level Advanced
Related course Vehicle Damage Panel Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3)
Salary £156.00 (Weekly)

Wage explained

Apprentices are paid for their normal working hours and training that’s part of their apprenticeship (usually one day per week).

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