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Automotive Refinishing Technicians paint and refinish automobiles, trucks, and buses. Automotive Refinishing Technicians must calculate the amount of paint required for a job, mixing paint to exactly match existing colours, and blending paint to its correct thickness. These technicians use a spray gun to apply both the primer and final coats of paint and they're responsible for keeping up-to-date with new products and processes, and for maintaining records of materials used. This is a creative trade where colour matching and fine-finishing details are valuable skills.
An Automotive Refinishing Technician is designated as an Automotive Painter under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
Learn more about Automotive Trades at Discover Trades BC.
Applicants to this program must first complete an Apprenticeship in Automotive Refinishing Prep. Technician. When the Certificate of Qualification is obtained, the applicant can proceed to this program.
Thereafter, this program comprises 4 weeks (120 hours) of full-time technical training. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 3,360 hours of work-based training.
Program duration varies depending on how training is delivered, but generally takes 2 years to complete.