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This trade is also referred to as Automotive Collision Repair Technician. The work includes hammering out dents, buckles and other defects, removing damaged fenders, panels and grills and straightening bent frames. And 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, Automotive Collision Repair Technicians inspect vehicles for dimensional accuracy and test drive them to ensure proper alignment and handling. Motor Body Vehicle Repairersmust be willing to continually learn because new vehicles often include new alloys, metals and plastics in their construction.
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer is a nationally designated trade under the Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program.
Learn more about Automotive Trades at Discover Trades BC.
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 Levels 1-to-3 of progressive technical training, with each Level taking 5-6 weeks (150-180 hours) to complete. In addition, apprentices are required to accumulate 6,720 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).