Automotive Refinisher Kaipeita Waka

Automotive refinishers prepare vehicle surfaces, match and mix colours, and apply paint to vehicles.

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Automotive refinishers may do some or all of the following:

  • discuss vehicle-painting options with customers or managers
  • sand vehicles to prepare for painting
  • select and mix paints
  • apply paint
  • buff and polish finished paintwork.

Physical Requirements

Automotive refinishers need to have good hand-eye co-ordination and normal colour vision, as they have to match colours as exactly as possible.

They should not have breathing problems or dermatitis.

Useful Experience

Useful experience includes:

  • experience with, and passion for, vehicles
  • working in an automotive workshop or in panelbeating
  • work as a signwriter or industrial spray painter.

Personal Qualities

Automotive refinishers need to be:

  • punctual, motivated, responsible and honest 
  • careful, patient and accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions and ask questions
  • able to work independently and as part of a team
  • able to concentrate for long periods
  • good at problem solving and basic maths.

Useful Experience

Useful experience includes:

  • experience with, and passion for, vehicles
  • working in an automotive workshop or in panelbeating
  • work as a signwriter or industrial spray painter.

Subject Recommendations

No specific secondary education is required for this job, but many employers prefer apprentices to have at least three years of secondary education. Useful subjects include maths, construction and mechanical technologies, and English.

For Year 11 to 13 learners,  trades academies, and the StartUp, STAR and Gateway programmes are good ways to gain relevant experience and skills.

These programmes may help you gain an apprenticeship, but do not reduce the amount of time it takes to complete it.

Automotive Refinishers can earn around $19-$25 per hour per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Automotive Refinisher are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Automotive refinishers may progress to become sales or technical representatives, become self-employed, or set up their own automotive refinishing business.

Automotive Refinisher

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