A competent Accident Repair Technician is able to:
Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET):
- Remove all damaged & associated components from a vehicle.
- Re-assemble replacement or existing components to a vehicle.
- Remove and re-assemble permanent & non-permanent fixed vehicle body panels
- Remove and refit all types of vehicle body panels.
- Remove and refit trim components.
- Identify and describe principle vehicle electrical components and systems.
- Diagnose and rectify basic vehicle electrical faults.
Panel Repair & Replacement:
- Repair all types of vehicle body panels.
- Repair or refurbish Trim components.
- Repair vehicles using thermal welding operations and processes.
- Repair vehicles using non-thermal joining, bonding and adhesive processes.
- Remove, repair and replace structural body panels.
- Identify and rectify vehicle body structural misalignment.
Preparation & Paint:
- Apply body filler & foundation materials.
- Prepare all types of vehicle body material.
- Prepare & refinish metal, plastic and pre-painted surfaces.
- Repair minor defects in all types of body panels and materials.
- Apply paint, primer and basecoat
- Apply topcoats and clear coats and complete final refinishing operations.
- Identify and rectify paint or preparation defects.
- Carry out their work safely in the workplace and adhere to relevant health and safety requirements.
- Develop strong working relationships.
A competent Accident Repair Technician has a good understanding of:
Mechanical, Electrical and Trim (MET):
- How all types of engines and propulsion systems function.
- How electrically propelled and hybrid vehicles function.
- How sub systems of lubrication, cooling, fuel, ignition, intake and exhaust systems operate.
- How transmission, driveline & final drive systems operate.
- Vehicle suspension, steering, brakes, wheels and tyre systems.
- Vehicle electrical principles.
- Vehicle electrical systems and components.
Panel Repair & Replacement
- Vehicle thermal welding operations & techniques.
- Vehicle bonding and adhesives procedures.
- Vehicle body mechanical fastening operations.
Preparation & Paint
- The various types of filler & foundation materials.
- The different materials used in vehicle construction.
- The preparation techniques required for different materials & surfaces.
- Paint, basecoat & topcoats.
- The refinishing process.
- Which techniques & products to employ with each type of repair process.
- Health and safety in the workplace as it relates to the accident repair environment.
- The structure of their organisation, and where they work within that.
- Tools & equipment and vehicle construction methods used in the accident repair workplace.
A competent Accident Repair Technician demonstrates the following behaviours:
- The adoption at all times of a good health and safety first mentality as standard practice.
- A customer first approach when dealing with owners of vehicles and other clients.
- Recognises that high quality is intrinsic in every activity throughout the accident repair process.
- A strong and positive work ethic.
- The ability to work in a team and be a good team member.
- A positive attitude. Good aptitude. Excellent ambition.
- Effective communication throughout the repair process, both with clients and with other members of the team. ?
Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. In order to optimise success, typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition. Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.
Typically this apprenticeship will take 2 years to complete.
This apprenticeship is at Level 3 and will be reviewed after 3 years.
Originally published on Gov.uk, this information has been re-used under the terms of the Open Government Licence.";