"As long as there're automobiles, there will always be jobs for an autobody technician. And it is getting more specialized."
Brenda earns approximately $35,000.00 per year.
Brenda McWilliams works in an autobody shop. Her role is to check over the damaged area of a vehicle after the major body repair work is done. Then she sands and preps the vehicle for painting.
Brenda finds her job as an autobody technician rewarding because of the instant gratification that it brings. When asked about it, she said, "Most people, if they saw their car in the process of being fixed, would be horrified. I get to see it go from a wrecked car to being a brand new car again. That's a great feeling!" She also likes the job because she considers herself a 'hands-on' person.
Did you know? Some of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century have influenced the beauty of an automotive design.
According to Brenda, the first year level of apprenticeship earns just slightly better than minimum wage. Then with additional schooling, you can earn up to $17 per hour, depending on skill level. Depending on the shop, sometimes there are benefits like medical and dental. It is a very mobile trade and people tend to move from shop to shop, looking for a better salary or benefits.
Brenda McWilliams is a 21st century "Michele Angelo" of the autobody business. Her work in a state-of-the-art automotive repair facility is the dirtiest job in the shop, and she's proud of it. Brenda crashed into the business with an early break from a female body shop owner. With education and training, Brenda has molded a future gleaming with more opportunity than a hot rod has pin stripes.
Education: Autobody technician certificate/apprenticeship program
Hobbies: Working at her mother's consignment store