Heavy-duty vehicle body repairer

Body repairers repair and restore damaged body parts and interior trim on vehicles. They work in body shops and estimating centers, as well as in manufacturing and assembly plants.

Job description

  • Read damage and cost estimates to determine and plan repairs
  • Repair and replace vehicle front-end and body components, doors, chassis and underbody components
  • Remove dents, bends and other defects from body components, using cleats and hammers
  • Use welding equipment or plastic filler to level holes, dents and joints
  • Remove damaged bumpers, panels and grilles using wrenches and cutting flashlights, and bolt or weld replacement parts in place
  • Straighten chassis using chassis and underbody anchoring and pulling equipment
  • File, grind and sand repaired surfaces using hand or power tools
  • Mask and tape car surfaces in preparation for painting
  • Mix paint and match colors
  • Apply primary and finishing paints by brush or spray gun
  • Repair and replace glass components such as windshields, windows and sunroofs
  • Repair or replace interior components such as seat frames, carpets and floor insulation
  • Inspect repaired vehicles and test drive them on the road to check stability and steering

Job characteristics

Annual salary

Between 27 040 $ and 58 240 $

Job opportunities

Considering the expected evolution of labor demand and the unemployment situation at the start of the period, the outlook for labor market integration is satisfactory.


  • Dent removal

  • The bodywork Diploma of Professional Studies (DEP) lasts a total of 1,590 hours (1½ years) and is offered on a full-time basis.

  • An apprenticeship program of three to four years in vehicle dent removal, or more than three years’ experience in vehicle dent removal and formal training in dent removal, are usually required to qualify for the certificate of qualification.

Ideal profile

Excellent dexterity

Interest in :

  • physical activity
  • mechanics
  • problem solving
  • helping others


One of the following options:

  • Hold a Secondary School Diploma (SSD) or its recognized equivalent
  • Be at least 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which training begins, and have obtained Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs of study established by the Minister, or have equivalent learning recognized by the Minister
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of enrolment, and have passed the general development test (TDG) and the specific prerequisites for the program in question, or have had equivalent learning recognized.
  • Students who have obtained Secondary 3 credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs of study established by the Minister must continue their general education, concurrently with their vocational training, in order to obtain the missing credits from among the following: Secondary 4 credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics in programs of study established by the Minister.

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