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Automotive Body Repairer I

Fairfax County Government
Lorton, Virginia
$45,204.64 - $75,341.14 Annually
Closing date
Feb 18, 2023

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$2,500 Signing Bonus*

Performs various skilled tasks in repairing and painting damaged bodies on a variety of motor vehicles, including school buses, dump trucks, fire apparatuses and equipment. Specific duties include:
  • Straightens, repairs or replaces damaged vehicle sections.
  • Operates power drills, grinders, air cutters, welding and cutting torches, paint spray guns, sanders and a variety of hand tools.
  • Sands, primes and paints a finished body or a complete vehicle and equipment.
  • Installs reflectors and mirrors; adjusts doors, hoods, trunks and seat tracks.
  • Prepares estimates for repair of damaged vehicles to include cost of parts and labor.

Schedule: The work hours for this position will be day shift (5:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.); position is located at the department's Newington Facility. Work is performed under limited supervision.

Hourly Rate:
The hourly rate offer will be in the minimum to midpoint range (or $21.7330 to $28.9775 ) of the advertised compensation rage. Promotional rules apply for current Fairfax County Government and Fairfax County Public Schools employees.

*A $2,500 signing bonus is available to new county employees hired in the Automotive Body Repairer I position. Applicants must possess a valid CDL at time of application submission to be eligible. This bonus program requires a signed payback agreement between the department and employee.

To learn more about a career with Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services, watch our video "This is The Department of Vehicle Services" .

Illustrative Duties

Straightens, repairs or replaces damaged vehicle sections; operates power drills, grinders, air cutters, welding and cutting torches, paint spray guns, sanders and a variety of hand tools; sands, makes, primes and paints finished body work, or complete vehicle; installs reflectors and mirrors; adjusts doors, hoods, trunks, seat and seat tracks; makes estimates of damage; moves vehicles on shop grounds; road tests repaired vehicles.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the methods, tools and equipment used in the repair and painting of damaged motor vehicles;
  • Ability to use a wide variety of tools in the repair and painting of damaged motor vehicles;
  • Ability to keep simple records;
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education and experience equivalent to completion of the tenth grade and three years of experience in the body repair and painting of damaged motor vehicles. Related automotive body repair education or trade training above the high school level may be substituted for experience on an hour for hour basis.

This position may be underfilled as an Automotive Body Repairer Aide (Grade S15; $41,253.89 - $68,755.86 Annually).

The employment standards for the Automotive Body Repairer Aide are: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to completion of the tenth grade with coursework in vehicle collision or mechanical repair. Possession of a set of basic hand tools commonly used in the automotive industry, such as wrenches, pliers, and sockets and ratchets. Personal tools are required upon appointment.

Underfill candidates must be able to meet the minimum qualifications of the Automotive Body Repairer I within two years of the job announcement's closing date by 02/17/2025.

Applicants hired at the Automotive Body Repairer Aide level will be non-competitively promoted to the Automotive Body Repairer I level upon successful completion of an underfill agreement.

  • Valid driver's license.
  • A valid Commercial Learner's Permit (CLP) or Commercial Driver's License (CDL) - Class B with air brakes, P (Passenger) and S (School Bus) endorsements is required within 30 days of an offer. Applicants hired with a CLP must obtain a CDL - Class B within eleven months of hire date. Endorsements are determined by the needs of the business area. Fairfax County requires CDL holders to obtain and keep current a Department of Transportation (DOT) Medical Card.

  • Three years or more of experience in the body repair and painting of damaged motor vehicles.
  • Possess current Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification(s) or completion of the I-CAR Professional Development Program (PDP) for Collision Repair Professionals.
  • Ability to maintain effective public and employee relationships.
  • Demonstrated experience working on a variety of vehicles.

  • All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemptionprior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
  • Possession of a set of personal hand tools commonly used in the repair section to which appointment is made.
  • The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a driving record check, a commercial driver license screening and a pre-employment physical examination to the satisfaction of the employer.
  • This position is considered essential personnel and will be required to report to work during times designated countywide as approved for unscheduled leave regardless of the emergency situation (i.e., weather, transportation, other disaster).

Must be able to lift 50 pounds on an average of once daily; stoop, bend, twist, and reach many times daily; use ladders extensively; use creeper or get on hands and knees several times daily. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. . EEO/AA/TTY.


Fairfax County, Virginia is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington metropolitan area, the County's population exceeds that of seven states. The median household income of Fairfax County is one of the highest in the nation and over half of its adult residents have four-year college degrees or more educational attainment. Fairfax County also is home to an extensive commercial office market and is a major employment center.

Fairfax County Government is a great place to work, with a variety of jobs in different fields, great benefits, and an enjoyable working environment. We serve nearly one million residents in one of the largest counties in the country. Our talented employees have established Fairfax County as a leader in nearly every facet of public service and have won national recognition as innovators in local government.The size of Fairfax County government and the diversity of services it provides to citizens allows opportunities for personal growth and development, without ever having to change employers. In addition to pay, Fairfax County Government provides an employee benefits package worth approximately 25% of your salary in additional compensation. This package of benefits consists of programs designed to protect you and your family during your employment with the county and into your retirement years.

Health Insurance
Dental Insurance
Group Term Life Insurance
Contributory Retirement Plan
Deferred Compensation
Flexible Spending Account Programs
Long Term Disability Insurance
Long Term Care Plan
Tuition Assistance Program
Employees' Child Care Center
Virginia College Savings Plans

Fairfax County's Application Process: Fairfax County uses an online application process called NEOGOV at nearly all positions.

Applicants who need assistance with the online application process are welcome to come to the Application Center at Fairfax County's HR Central where staff will be happy to work with you to establish an account and get your resume into the system. HR Central is located in the Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 270, Fairfax, VA, and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Or call 703-222-5872 for more information.

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12000 Government Center Parkway
Suite 270

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