1) Whether they’re applying a shiny finish  to add sparkle  to an old car , or fixing  structural damage  from a collision, automotive body and related repairers bring damaged vehicles  back to nearly-new condition. Auto body repairers  restore  the structural integrity of car bodies  and frames . They use pneumatic tools  and plasma cutters  to remove damaged parts, and heavy-duty hydraulics  for major structural repairs . For some work, they use common hand tools , such as metal files , wrenches , and screwdrivers

2) Most work in automotive repair  and maintenance shops, though many also work at car dealerships . Some are self-employed. The work can be physically demanding— working in cramped positions, often in noisy body shops , these workers commonly suffer cuts  and burns , so it’s important they follow safety procedures  to avoid  serious accidents. Most automotive body repairers work full time. When shops have a backlog  of work to complete, overtime hours are common, including evenings and weekends. Though formal training in auto body repair is preferred, many candidates are hired without it, and learn on the job. Certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is a standard credential that often brings higher pay and better job opportunities.

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