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Panel beating at South Metropolitan TAFE

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A career in panel beating is exciting and always evolving with constant opportunities to learn new techniques in repairing metal, fiberglass and bodywork of vehicles.

Panel beaters specialise in vehicle body repairs - usually after being damaged (e.g. in a collision). The duties a panel beater is expected to undertake in their role include (but may not be limited to):

  • removing damaged panels and parts, and removing upholstery and accessories to gain access
  • removing dents by hammering panels
  • straightening damaged vehicles and parts using mechanical and hydraulic equipment
  • replacing badly damaged sections with new or second-hand panels
  • filling depressions with plastic filler, and filing, grinding and sanding repaired surfaces
  • cutting and joining replacement sections using welding equipment
  • fitting repaired or replacement panels on vehicles and refitting body hardware such as door locks and trims
  • may assist vehicle body builders in constructing and restoring custom-designed, vintage and other specialty vehicles
  • may spray-paint vehicles


Panel beaters can also have the opportunity to specialise in body customisation such as seen in hot rods etc. A career in the panel beating industry can be versatile and provide you with opportunities to work with highly sought-after collision repairers in the automotive industry on a variety of vehicles with a large range of specialised equipment.


Enjoy state of the art facilities at WA's major centre for automotive and panel beating studies, situated at our Carlisle campus. Automotive apprentices and pre-apprentices enjoy access to specialised equipment including vehicles, automotive repair and diagnostic equipment, fully-equipped spray painting ovens, specialised workrooms and workshops for their training. Situated opposite the Oats street train station on the Armadale line, it is an easily accessible campus for students.

Page last updated June 20, 2019