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Vehicle Damage Panel Technician - Advanced Apprenticeship


A Vehicle Damage Panel Technician works within the Collision Repair workshop, demonstrating a working knowledge for the removal, repair and replacement of vehicle body panels to vehicle manufacturer specification. This include cars and light commercial vehicles. As a technician, you will be able to work independently and as part of a team, using your skills to correctly identify the different body panel types and have the ability to use the correct repair tools to carry out the work. With motor vehicle technology changing all the time panel technicians keep up to date with the most relevant equipment and advanced repair techniques within the automotive industry.  Health & Safety and compliance requirements of the bodyshop industry. ,

Next course dates

Start date Location Duration / Fees
01 Aug 2023
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01 Aug 2024
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Where can this subject lead?

Career progression

On successful completion of this you are prepared for a career in the automotive sector as a specialist Panel Technician.

Key information

Entry Requirements

Individual employers will set their own selection criteria for applicants. In order to optimise success, typical applicants will display a good attitude, a positive approach to learning & development and a high level of ambition.

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

Please note: Where wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) is a mandatory requirement of the course, it is the responsibility of the learner to ensure that they are able to wear such equipment. Further information can be obtained at the IAG session which all applicants are invited to or by calling Course Enquiries on 01253 504343.

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Learners will need to wear overalls, steel toe capped boots and any other PPE required for the role.

Terms and Conditions

Read our full terms and conditions.

What will I learn?

Learning and Teaching Methods

You will be required to attend block release in the college in our workrooms through delivery from experienced tutors and guest professionals (usually 1 week per month depending on your employer) to receive the underpinning knowledge elements of the course.  

Units include:

  • Motor vehicle chassis and body alignment, e.g. underbody measurement and its impact on suspension and steering geometry.
  • Vehicle body types, panel identification, safety systems, materials and alternative fuel.
  • Use of Body Panel Repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g. alignment jigs, resistance welding equipment, riveting and bonding tools.
  • Removal and replacement of body panels and associated parts e.g. mechanically fixed components, chemically fixed components.
  • Interpretation of technical data for joining techniques and replacement panels.
  • Quality control process and the implications of poor quality.
  • Knowledge of key process for vehicle panel repair such as Welding utilising either Tungsten, Inert Gas (TIG) and Metal, Inert Gas (MIG) & brazing along with spot welding, riveting utilising self-piercing rivets and utilising panel adhesive bonding as specified by the manufacturer.

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of adult education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.