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Auto Body and Collision Technician

Auto Body and Collision Technician

Note: This trade is transitioning to a Pan-Canadian Harmonized program, so it is important that Apprentices understand how that impacts their program path. Details on the transition can be found via the Industry Training Authority link, or contact your trainer for the most current updates.

This trade is also referred to as Motor Vehicle Body Repairer. The work includes hammering out dents, buckles and other defects, removing damaged fenders, panels and grills and straightening bent frames. The work may also involve repairing and replacing doors and body components, as well as interior components such as instrument panels and frame assemblies. This work is done as preparation for filing, grinding, sanding and painting the repaired exterior and interior body surfaces. Once these repairs are completed, technicians inspect vehicles for dimensional accuracy and test drive them to ensure proper alignment and handling. Technicians must be willing to continually learn because new vehicles often include new alloys, metals and plastics in their construction.

Auto Body and Collision Technician is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.

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Quick Facts

  • Requirements:

    Mechanical inclination, attention to detail, and good manual dexterity is recommended, plus good colour vision.

     

    The following education is recommended: Grade 10 or equivalent (Grade 12 preferred), including English 10, Math 10, Science 10.

     

    The Apprenticeship Program is comprised of a common Level 1 for both Automotive Collision and Refinishing trades, with the in-school portion taking 7 weeks (210 hours) to complete. This is followed by Levels 2-to-4 of progressive technical training, with each Level requiring 6 weeks (180 hours) of in-school training. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,450 hours of work-based training.

     

    A Foundation Program can jump-start your career without employer sponsorship by supplying the knowledge and skills to enter directly at Level 2 (refer to Industry Training Authority for alternative pathways into the occupation).

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