Bodywork Operator



Reports to: Bodywork Team Leader, Prep VS Manager

Department: 550 – Bodywork

Pay Status: Non-exempt, Pay Grade VI ($16.50)

SUMMARY:The bodywork operator performs high quality metal finishing and sub-straight operations including sandblasting, fill work, priming, foaming and compartment lining for final preparation of the module and other assemblies for paint operations.


  1. Receive, review and interpret instructions, prints, and work orders for each unit or job
  2. Plan details of working procedure, tooling and material requirement
  3. Use knowledge of metal finishing techniques to detect defects, such as dents, scratches, or breaks in metal
  4. Fill small dents and scratches with body fillers, and smooth surfaces in order to prepare vehicles for painting
  5. Mix polyester resins and hardeners to be used in coating
  6. Apply caulk and seal seams as needed
  7. Spray prepared surfaces with specified amounts of primers
  8. Touch up any surfaces as needed
  9. Sand vehicle surfaces between coats of primer in order to remove flaws and enhance adhesion for subsequent coats
  10. Spray prepared surfaces with foam insulation
  11. Spray prepared compartment surfaces with lining


  1. Verification and inspection of final finish bodywork
  2. Cleanliness and operation of equipment including, earplugs, respirators, spray gun and hoses
  3. Disassembly and assembly of service vehicles
  4. High cooperation with weld and paint departments
  5. Keep assigned area clean and orderly
  6. Other duties as assigned


  1. High school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Knowledge of bodyworking techniques and 2 years prior working experience in automotive bodywork preferred.
  3. Experience with sanding, priming, foaming operation of the module and/or compartment liners preferable.
  4. Ability to pass spirometric testing and physical examinations without restrictions.
  5. Successfully pass a pre-employment drug test, as well as random, reasonable suspicion and post-accident drug and alcohol tests.
  6. Physical requirements includes the ability to lift and move up to 100 pounds with assistance, regularly required to walk, talk and hear, reach with hands and arms, stand, crouch and kneel; frequently required to use hand to finger dexterity in order to handle objects, tools, and/or controls; occasionally required to stoop or crawl.