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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 618Q
Category: Maintenance Trades & Labor


Performs skilled body and fender repair work.

Typical Work

Repairs, removes, fabricates, and installs automotive bodies, fenders, hoods, panels, radiator grills, bumpers, gasoline tanks, doors, window frames, channels, and locks; 

Guts, rolls, fits, assembles, and welds metal shapes, angels, and forms; shrinks and expands metal sheets and shapes by heating and cold application; files and sands welds and small imperfections; 

Operates acetylene and arc welding equipment; power, foot, and hand shears; hand brake; drill press; power punch; portable and bench buffers, grinders, and sanders; pneumatic hammers; and electric drills; 

Uses hydraulic jacks, hoists, and cranes to lift, push, or pull bodies into shape; solders, brazes, and spot welds; applies and shapes plastic fillings; 

Uses spray gun to paint cars and trucks after being repaired; 

Supervises and instructs helpers; 

Estimates materials and time needed to complete jobs; keeps records; 

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: standard practices, methods, materials, tools, and equipment used in automobile body and fender repair work; safety precautions. 

Ability to: work from plans and sketches; estimate materials and time needed to complete jobs; use hand and power tools; keep records.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification.  It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

Journey level standing as an Automobile Body Repair Technician as attested by:  

  • Certificate of completion of a recognized auto body repair apprenticeship.  


  • Four years of experience in state service as a helper to a journey level Automobile Body Repair Technician.  


  • Four years of experience in a registered or industry recognized auto body shop performing all phases of auto body collision, preparation and finish repair.

Class Specification History

Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted November 1, 1965.
Revise class. Revises title (formerly Automotive Body Repairman), general revision; adopted September 7, 1973.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications; adopted June 12, 1992.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 72050), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007