Panel Beater

Job Description

Panel Beaters also known as collision repair technicians, replace panels and remove dents to refurbish damaged car exteriors. The majority of collision repair specialists repair damaged passenger vehicle bodies, but some repair bus and large truck bodies. These specialists work in teams or alone usually under the supervision of a manager.

Careers Ladder


Most Panel Beaters become trade qualified by completing an apprenticeship.

Get on-the-job training, and knowledge and experience as you complete an apprenticeship with an employer in your area, or complete the Certificate III in Automotive Body Repair Technology at TAFE or a registered training organisation.

You can then go on to complete the Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology, which will take approximately 2 years and will build on your skills and knowledge.


  • Autonomy
  • Detail Orientated
  • Flexible
  • Focussed
  • Self-Motivated
  • Team Player
  • Thorough

Key Skills

  • Time Management
  • Knowledge of Hand Tools & Pneumatic Tools
  • Reports & Estimates
  • Dismantling & Installation

Future Prospects

Career advancement in this field can lead to other roles such as:

  • Fabricator
  • Spray Painter