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Vehicle Body Repairs Apprenticeship

Carrigtwohill, CorkFull-timeApprenticeship
**First Year Apprentice Vacancy**

D. Dennehy Ltd. are recruiting for an apprentice Vehicle Body Repairer for work in our commercial vehicle crash repair centre.

What it takes to be a Vehicle Body Repairer?
•Be physically active
•Must pass a colour-vision test
•Aptitude for handling tools and equipment
•Mechanical aptitude
•Problem solving & critical thinking skills
•Patient and have great attention to detail

The Vehicle Body Repairer will report to the Workshop Manager.

What does a Vehicle Body Repairer do?
A Vehicle Body Repairers’ work is practical, hands on work involves straightening bent bodies, removing dents, and replacing crumpled parts that are beyond repair. They repair all types of vehicles. Vehicle Body Repairs use special equipment to restore damaged metals frames and body equipment.
They remove badly damaged panels with a pneumatic metal cutting gun and weld in replacement sections. They pull out minor dents with a hydraulic jack or knock them out with hand-tools or pneumatic hammers. They remove small pits in the panel with pick hammers and punches. Vehicle Body Repairers may also work on plastic panels using a hot air welding gun or install windscreens.
Once the repair work has been completed, the vehicle must be prepared for repainting. Power sanders and sandpapers are used to remove the original paint or rust, and small nicks and scratches are filled with body putty. Parts that do not need painting such as headlights or windows are removed or masked. The amount of paint required is calculated, the paint is mixed to match the desired colour and tested with a viscosity meter to make sure that it is at the right consistency.
Vehicle Body Repairs use a spray gun to apply both the primer and final coats of paint. After the final coat is applied, the vehicle is polished. In some cases, the Vehicle Body Repairer will also deal directly with the customer and give estimates on the cost of the work.

How do I become a Vehicle Body Repairer?

The route to this exiting career is through a four- year learning apprenticeship. Most of your learning is on the job in the garage or workshop with Master Vehicle Body Repairers, with 3 phases of full time off the job study totalling 42 weeks. The first phase of full time study is with an ETB (Educational Training Board), the second and third with an Institute or College, such as an IT.
The minimum entry requirement is at that you are at least 16 years old and have at least a grade D in any 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent grades in other approved examinations). Some employers will look for more than this- up to Leaving Certificate. Maths, physics, technical drawing, metal work, technology and engineering are particularly relevant school subjects.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday the 31st of August 2022

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