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Panelbeater
Occupation in demand Occupation in demand Specialised occupation Specialised occupation

Also known as Collision Repairer, Panel Beater.

Repairs damage to metal, fibreglass and plastic body work on vehicles and forms replacement vehicle panels. Registration or licensing may be required.


Tasks Include:


  • removing damaged panels and parts, and removing upholstery and accessories to gain access
  • removing dents by hammering panels
  • straightening damaged vehicles and parts using mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • replacing badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panels
  • filling depressions with plastic filler, and filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces
  • cutting and joining replacement sections using welding equipment
  • fitting repaired or replacement panels on vehicles and refitting body hardware such as door locks and trims
  • may assist vehicle body builders in constructing and restoring custom-designed, vintage and other specialty vehicles
Job prospects for Panelbeaters in Victoria

Occupation in the Panelbeaters group include Panelbeater

Employment prospects
Skills shortage: this occupation needs more skilled workers now. There are currently 4,400 Panelbeaters in Victoria. Over the next five years, the size of this occupation is expected to remain similar. Employment prospects for the next five years are stable.

Average weekly wage
$1,294.30

Hourly earnings
$34.10

For more information about this occupation at a national level visit the Job Outlook website. External link

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