When cars, vans, motorcycles and larger vehicles are damaged in accidents, they are taken to a body repair workshop. Some repairers will complete the process from start to finish and others will have specialised roles and work on one part of the repair process. Paint technicians are responsible for preparing vehicles to be painted after damage has occurred or panels have been replaced. This will include repairing minor scratches to match the rest of the vehicle. As a paint technician you will need to demonstrate strong communication skills, the ability to work alone and as part of a team, the ability to maintain quality under pressure, an awareness of safety procedures, the ability to use specialist equipment, the ability to follow written and verbal instructions, good manual skills and a good eye for detail and colour.

Working hours and salary

Typical hours may be 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, however you may be able to work overtime in the evenings and at weekends. You will usually work indoors in workshops or body shops and you will be expected to wear safety clothing when using specialised equipment and carrying out certain tasks. As an apprentice paint technician you will earn at least the apprentice national minimum wage Once you are qualified you may expect to earn £19,000 or more and an experienced paint technician can earn over £30,000

Career progression

Paint technician apprentices will work toward their level 2 qualifications and will then progress to level 3. The level 2 will take 18 months and the level 3 a further 12 months. Once qualified at level 3 there are opportunities to gain further experience through paint manufacturer courses and to progress into management positions for those who demonstrate that potential.