The automotive industry in Australia has many different aspects and job roles. One of the most in demand jobs at the moment is for qualified panel beaters.
Panel Beaters are currently on the Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
Panel beaters undertake a very wide range of tasks and have a very diverse skill set. They can repair minor dents and scratches, right through to a full rebuild of exterior panels.
Another really interesting aspect of a panel beaters job is classical car restoration and customisation. This aspect of the job can allow you to explore a more creative side of the trade industry and come up with your own plans and concepts using a wide range of materials.
Certificate III & Certificate IV in Automotive Body Repair
Course Duration: 2 years
Intake Dates: Jan and July
Cost: $12,000 – $14,000 per year
Common Course Requirements:
- Must have graduated year 10 in home country.
- Must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 overall.
- This course includes 360 hours of vocational placement.
Students who undertake training in this field will obtain numerous skills to utilise within the automotive repair industry including:
- Carry out fabrication of components.
- Carry out gas metal arc welding procedures.
- Remove and replace mechanical units and assemblies.
- Carry out paint-less dent repairs.
- Carry out panel repairs.
- Conduct major sectional repairs.
- Determine vehicle damage and recommended repair procedures.
- Fabricate composite material components.
- Fabricate vehicle body panels and components.
- Install vehicle components.
Job Forecast & Career Information:
- Panel beaters earn an average of $1216.00 per week.
- The average hours worked in Australia are 41.4 hours per week.
- Employment for this occupation rose strongly in the past five years and fell slightly in the long-term.
- Panel beaters have a high proportion of full-time jobs (87.2 per cent).
- Panel beaters can work independently as a sub contractor or as part of a larger automotive company.
Options for a Temporary Graduate Visa
If undertaking study in Australia for a minimum of 2 years you may qualify for the Temporary Skilled Graduate Visa. This visa allows the holder 1.5 years unlimited work rights in Australia. Many graduates use this time to build up experience in their field or find an employer that is willing to sponsor their visa.
If you have applied for the Temporary Graduate Visa you may also be eligible to apply for the Job Ready Program. The Job Ready Program is run through TRA and allows graduates in certain disciplines to have their skills assessed for skilled migration purposes. It is a way for people to have their skills assessed without having the experience. Once the student receives a positive skills assessment they may be eligible to apply for permanent work visas such as State Sponsored and General Skilled Migration Visas.
Have a read through this article which details how by studying the right course it could greatly increase your prospects of obtaining a permanent visa.
*Note* It is never recommended to undertake study for sole the purpose of trying to gain a visa to Australia.
If you are interested in studying Panel Beating in Australia contact Pathway to Aus to speak with one of our Education Agents. We can explain to you the course costs, duration and education providers so you better know your options.
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What our Students Say:
Erene (Philippines) – Automotive Body Repair (Panel Beating)
What were you doing before you studied Panel Beating?
I was working in the Philippines as a full time Nurse. I came to Australia to study English before applying to study Automotive Body Repair. It really was a massive change of pathways, but I am happy to be following this path.
Where do you study?
I am studying the Cert III and Cert IV in Automotive Body Repair Technology in Brisbane at Oceania College. The 2 courses go for about 2 years.
Where do you live?
I actually live on The Sunshine Coast, which is about an hour away from the college.
How many days do you go to class per week?
I go to class on Wednesday for a full day where we learn the practical skills and we learn theoretical study at home. The rooms are open and tutors are there on other days to come to come in and get the extra help.
Do you have homework?
Yes, if we haven’t finished the assessment, then we need to study these at home to complete.
Do you have a panel beating toolkit?
No we don’t need to buy a toolkit. Everything is provided by the school.
What do you do for work outside of study?
I am working as a kitchen hand and cook.
How are your teachers?
They are really good, they are really approachable. so I feel comfortable asking them any questions. They all have experience and pass this knowledge on in a friendly manner
Tell us about your classmates?
There are only about 4 of us in our class, but there is another schedule with students at other levels. My classmates are from Hungary, South Africa and Thailand. It is good having a small class because you can learn so much.
What is the average age of classmates?
They youngest guy is about 21, and everyone else is around 30.
What are you most surprised about the course?
It is very hands on and practical. We work on so many different cars. Before starting the course, I didn’t think so much went into it.
What is the most difficult thing about the course?
Nothing is too difficult. The teacher is so approachable, so I ask them any questions I have.
What are your plans when you graduate?
I hope to find the opportunity to build the experience as a panel beating and open my own company.
Do you feel like you are learning a lot?
What is your favourite part to work on cars?
Dismantling the car and then repairing everything that is broken and putting it all back together. You get a kind of rewarding feeling.
Do you think it will be difficult to get a job in the industry?
I don’t think so. There are so many jobs for panel beaters in Australia. I’m not worried about this.
How do you feel about the school?
Yes I would recommend it.