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Panelbeaters, and Vehicle Body Builders, Trimmers and Painters
Minor Group

Panelbeaters, and Vehicle Body Builders, Trimmers and Painters repair damage to motor vehicle bodies; construct purpose-built vehicle bodies; fit, repair and replace interior trim and upholstery in vehicles; and paint vehicles. Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers are excluded from this minor group.

Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers are included in Minor Group 322 Fabrication Engineering Trades Workers.

Indicative Skill Level:

Most occupations in this minor group have a level of skill commensurate with the qualifications and experience outlined below.

In Australia:

  • AQF Certificate III including at least two years of on-the-job training, or AQF Certificate IV (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

In New Zealand:

  • NZQF Level 4 qualification (ANZSCO Skill Level 3)

At least three years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualifications listed above. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.

Tasks Include:

  • removing, replacing and repairing damaged panels and parts using mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • filling depressions with plastic filler and chiselling and sanding surfaces
  • constructing framework sections in metal, wood, fibreglass and other materials using stretching and shrinking machines and welding equipment
  • bolting, screwing, riveting and welding sections together to form complete frameworks
  • cutting and shaping panels of sheetmetal, aluminium and reinforced plastic and attaching to frameworks using hand and power tools
  • preparing new vehicle trim work according to drawings and sketches, and removing old coverings and fittings from vehicles and taking new measurements
  • selecting and cutting pieces of fabric, vinyl and leather and sewing pieces together using heavy-duty sewing machines
  • installing and attaching interior lining, floor coverings, armrests, door trims, rubber seals, locks and handles
  • masking areas not to be painted by covering with masking tape and paper
  • selecting and mixing paint shades to match vehicle colour
  • applying primer and finish coats with spray-guns, and sanding surfaces between coats

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