A Career in Automotive Collision Repair (JTJS32008)

A Career in Automotive Collision Repair (JTJS32008)


Oh [Music] I’m Riley Leslie I’m 16 and we’re looking at collision repair what are just me about the collision repair industry is working with your hands seeing the results of all the work that you know definitely looking forward to this accidents happen and it’s the job of an automotive collision repair technician to fix up the damage Riley is off to perfect auto body limited and Christchurch to meet owner and MD Wayne Halton Raleigh Robyn perfect auto body got a lot of lined up for the next couple days come on through and these have a look Wayne started in the repair business straight out of school and at the early age of 23 bought the business he was working for he’s been running the company ever since he’s never really a dull moment in this industry no to excellence are the same you’re always dealing with something new and exciting and the technology that we’re using today is far beyond what most people should understand that we’re actually using this is the panel shop this side here we have the panel shop base each of the tradesmen have their own work area and the tool boards duplicated so everyone knows that the tool boards have the same product on in the same area so that’s the general panel shop and down this end we have more the structural work has done and are all responsible for keeping their own areas nice and tidy and that’s a really important part of the industry to keep we’ve based ID have reflects on how they work on the jobs and reflects on the product when the car comes out the other side for the customer before any car can be fixed a thorough assessment of the damage is done the insurance company would have the car picked up by a tow truck towed into their salvage yard at which time we’d get the call to come and have a look at the car and determine whether it’s going to be repairable photos are taken to record the damage and help the research for the specialized parts this is a modern car and they’re using modern technology and different types of skills and materials so it’s really important that we also know the repair method for the job production manager Martin Lane shows Riley a job that’s just coming what we’ve got here is a lot of major special this extensive damage has been down the bank got some underbody damage as well we look up here on the Place de Greve you can see that we’ve got some broken pasted the exhaust we can say that its attention to the smallest detail is a big part of the job looking like it’s gonna be quite a tomato job it is this substantial amount of damage could be more than five thousand dollars worth of damage we’re not really going to know until we price all those parts here a career path for a young person coming into this industry now there’s probably far greater than it ever used to be of course you go from an apprenticeship giving theory of apprenticeship training to become a tradesmen and from there you can branch into specialization and specific vehicles you may decide that you like restoration style work or you may particularly like the collision repair side this Nissen has just been kicked in with damage to the front bumper and Riley is going to follow through the process to fix it up we can see the obvious damages here in this corner that their client has also said to us that there’s some damage on the other side so we need to look at the whole the whole bar apprentice Daniel Bunz has been given the job to put right the polypropylene bumper through our finest trestle modern motorcars have built way differently from what they were ten years ago or even five years ago or a young person start learning there’s quite onerous there’s a big learning curve for the 15 15 20 years ago we’ll generally dealing with materials that were just the same thing day in and day out but now you have model specific repair techniques and manufacture of specific repair techniques so there’s a lot to learn as it in terms of the technology that we’re doing with the tiers being fixed by welding plastic to the split and there’s a deformed area which needs to be straightened with a heat gun this with your gloves on of course straightener up the bumper is sanded to soften or what’s called feather the edges of the existing paint being it’s off to the paint shop to finish it off for apprentice Daniel it’s another job nearly done and a job that he really enjoys the support of your workmates and managers obviously is a big one as well as the macho guys that come around and sort out your apprenticeship that’s good today is a pretty special day Daniel’s just completed three years of training thanks a lot training is ongoing there’s always new technology to learn well really what we’re gonna do here is we’ve got we got a measure a car that’s sustained a substantial amount of damage on the front we use a Carolina system which is a chassis straining system in a measuring system all in one the software is programmed to know the precise dimensions of the car if the chassis is being twisted the software logs the damage we’ve found that it’s gotta be in chassis so when they’re gonna put them bring the pulling arm up to the Machine see it up and give it a pull to Creek to correct the damage the screen sustained the pulling arm stretches the chassis back into alignment and measurements are taken once again we can produce our form while technology is important traditional skills like penile beating remain part of the job this is the action that we’re using okay bring bring your dolly underneath your pillow we’re heading the belly you’ll hear the see another building on earlier today that’s him that means you’re headed with Riku in the belly I think if you’re really keen on cars the person that becomes a trainee in an industry like this if they have a patient for that they get the touch them all day and every day and with the technology that we’re dealing with now is not boring in there but the exponential increase of technology in this industry is phenomenal it’s looking good Riley so how have you shaped up we’re always done really well he’s really keen he’s really motivated he’s really interested in the technology that we have here perfect although bother you and you know I gets to see what the other guys are doing and to what level he can easy aspire to so I think he’ll make it I think he’s done he’s got the right attitude it’s been a great experience yeah got a great team I could definitely see myself working with pleasure appear sometime in the future to become a collision repair technician you need to complete an apprenticeship and gain a level four national certificate and panel beating apprenticeships are part of the modern apprecaite scheme where you learn both on the job and at your own pace and average apprenticeship takes three years to complete for those at school the training program startup provides a pathway to the industry useful subjects are maths English and workshop technology [Music] supporting local content so you can see 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