102 Autobody and Repair

Lajivastaava Tommi Kettunen ja varavastaava Kari Kaaja Tredusta.
Tommi Kettunen and Kari Kaaja from Tredu.

The competition tasks are based on the requirements of the grade Excellent (K3) of the Autobody and Repair vocational qualification.

Autobody repairers must master customer service, the preparing of a damage analysis and cost estimate for a damaged vehicle, the use of measuring instruments, dent pulling with various panel pulling devices, the removing of welded and screw-fastened body parts, the repairing of plastic parts, and auto glass replacement.

An autobody repairer prepares the target areas so that they are ready to be delivered to a car painter.

Skill requirements

The core competency in this vocation lies in repairing damages caused by accidents. An accident may damage a vehicle’s technology, body structure, and cosmetic surfaces.

A knowledge of body materials and their repair methods is essential when it comes to cars with modern safety technology. Correctly interpreting and following the car manufacturer’s body repair instructions is necessary in order to reach a safe end result.

Welding skills with various equipment are an essential part of autobody repair work. The competitors must also have a good command of various measuring and testing instruments. Post-painting outfitting and quality assurance are also a part of this vocation.

Finals task description

A) Dent pulling

  • performed on an loose aluminium part
  • the area to be pulled is ca. 2 dm2
  • the straightened part is delivered to vehicle painters and the work is finished accordingly
  • task time: 2 hours
  • assessment areas include the shape of the pulled surface, the quality of the pulled surface, work finishing, time used for pulling, and work safety
  • points 15/100

B) Plastic repair

  • crack repair
  • rear bumper surface damage repair
  • work is performed in accordance with standard operating procedures for plastic repairs
  • task time: 2 hours
  • assessment areas include cleaning, preparations and sanding, use of adhesives, time used for the work and end result, workstation tidiness, work safety
  • points 15/100

C) Work plan on a damaged car (incl. measurements)

  • the competitor examines the damaged car with various methods and drafts a work plan for damage repairs
  • task time: 15 hours
  • assessment areas include the use of equipment, observed repair areas
  • points 6/100

D) Replacing a welded body part

  • partial replacement of the B pillar surface. The work includes resistance welding, gluing and riveting.
  • Mercedes Benz B-Class body in white (W246)
  • task time: 6 hours
  • assessment areas include unfastening the piece, preparing the spare part, cleaning, priming, positioning, welding, gluing, riveting, finishing, completion time, work safety, tidiness.
  • points 40/100

E) Measuring wheel angles

  • measuring wheel angles of the damaged car
  • task time: 1 hour
  • assessment areas include retrieving initial data, using equipment, performing the measuring work and analysing the results
  • points 6/100

F) Body electrical equipment troubleshooting and customer service

  • Toyota Prius 2017 (ZVW52L-AHXEBW)
  • troubleshooting a body electricity fault based on the customer’s report and repairing it
  • task time 2 hours
  • assessment areas include meeting the customer, protecting the car, referring to repair guidelines, using the tester, locating the fault, repair work, work safety.
  • points 6/100

G) Windshield repair and customer service

  • repairing stone damage
  • two damage areas repaired, one of which is evaluated (the competitor decides which one)
  • assessment areas include initial preparation, performing the work, finishing and work safety
  • task time: 1 hour
  • points 6/100

H) Installing body parts

  • installing the parts repaired during the tasks, following manufacturer guidelines
  • task time: 1 hour
  • assessment areas include performing the work, following repair guidelines and work safety
  • points 6/100

Sustainable development, wellbeing at work, work safety and entrepreneurship are the themes of the Taitaja2018 competition and assessed in all tasks. The total share of these is 5% or more.

The evaluation is 100% objective. The work process and end result are measured and assessed using a suitable method for each task. The competition tasks may be changed 30% from the tasks described above.

The competition organizer provided the following machines, equipment and supplies

Everything needed for performing the task is available at the competition site.

Wihuri Oy Technical Trade provides:

  • Hunter RX45 scissor lift
  • Hunter HawkEye Elite alignment system
  • Worky Smobi3 mobile welding fume extractor
  • Stahlwille tools used in alignment (Stahlwille tool trolley)
  • Nussbaum Sprinter mid-rise lift

Saint Gobain provides:

  • windscreens

Air Liquide provides:

  • shielding gas

Veho provides:

  • Mercedes A-Class bodies
  • spare parts, tools and supplies needed
  • manufacturer repair guidelines

Autorobot Finland provides:

  • EzCalipre measuring system
  • GYS spot welder (VAS 821 101)
  • GYS AL 7500 aluminium spotter

Würth provides:

  • windscreen repair equipment
  • protective clothing
  • protective equipment
  • hand tools
  • chemicals and supplies

Kemppi provides:

  • Kemppi MinarcMig Evo 200 welding machines
  • Kemppi Beta90 welder’s face shield

3M provides:

  • Festo tool trolley with a vacuum cleaner
  • Festo power sander kit, random orbit
  • plastic repair material and supplies

Toyota AutoFinland provides:

  • manufacturer repair guidelines
  • Techdoc3 repair guidelines
  • GTS tester

Turva provides:

  • damaged car

The competitor brings to the competition venue:

Protective shoes. The competitor may also bring personal tools. The tools must to be widely sold in Finland. It is forbidden to use ear protection with a radio function or active earmuffs.

Competition schedule

Competition days Tue 15 to Thu 17 May 2018

Tue 10 am – 7 pm, Wed 8 am – 5.30 pm, Thu 8 am – 12 pm. Closing ceremony at 4 pm. Access to the competition area from Monday 2 pm onwards.

More exact schedule for each competitor including lunch breaks will be announced later.

Examples of previous competition tasks can be found on the SkillsFinland website.