Auto body programs

The Auto Body Repair Technician Program is a two-year program that opens the doors to an advanced career in the auto body industry and could lead to a managerial position to operating your own successful business.

This program is based on the Level 1 and 2 apprenticeship curriculum, with great valuable additions that lead to a highly recognized Centennial College Diploma. In the Auto Body Repair Technician courses, you will acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge, managerial skills and motivational attitude to ensure you have a competitive and leading edge in the auto body repair field.

Among covered topics are:

Personal & Shop Safety
Vehicle & Body Construction
Detailing & Refinishing Equipment Maintenance
Applied Mechanical Systems
Mathematics
Communication Skills
Trade Tools & Shop Equipment
Non-Structural Repair Fundamentals
Refinishing Surface Preparation
Oxyacetylene & Gas Metal Arc Welding
Plastic Repair and refinishing
Non-Structural Panel Repair & Measuring
Automotive Glass & Safety Devices
Non-Structural Panel Replacement
Refinishing Top Coat Application
You will spend approximately 40 percent of your schedule gaining hands-on practice in a spacious, well laid-out state-of-the-art auto body lab outfitted with new equipment. You will learn from faculty members with years of industry experience who are committed to seeing you succeed and to helping you maximize your skills.

Once you complete your studies, you will have the opportunity to gain credit towards your apprenticeship requirements.

Program Highlights
The Auto Body Repair Technician curriculum is modelled on the level 1 and 2 apprenticeship in-school program
This School of Transportation program is industry driven thanks to an active program advisory committee that provides insight twice a year on current industry developments and practices
You develop your knowledge and skills while practicing on actual customer’s vehicles to gain real world experience, as well, you gain customer relation skills.
You gain a diploma that is highly recognized and recommended by the auto industry, and the advanced knowledge, practical and motivational skills and attitude to make you more attractive and employable towards a managerial position within the industry
The skills for which you are prepared include:

Detailing and buffing, welding on non-coated and coated metals using oxyacetylene and MIG equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures on various substrates, remove, diagnose and install various mechanical systems, measuring using computerized laser and non-computerized mechanical systems, plastic welding, repairing and refinishing various types of plastics, removing and installing automotive glass, removing, diagnosing and installing safety devises such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure and air bags, and office administration duties/responsibilities.

The skills for which you are prepared include:

Detailing and buffing, welding on non-coated and coated metals using oxyacetylene and MIG equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures on various substrates, remove, diagnose and install various mechanical systems, measuring using computerized laser and non-computerized mechanical systems, plastic welding, repairing and refinishing various types of plastics, removing and installing automotive glass, removing, diagnosing and installing safety devises such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure and air bags, and office administration duties/responsibilities.
An auto body school listed below can help you become a part of an essential trade, and work with your hands doing something that you can be proud of! Develop the skills and gain the experience needed to take on tasks like repairing damage from a collision, restoring a vintage car, and customizing the look of a vehicle.

Auto body and collision repair is becoming a more complex field with the advancement of new materials and technologies used in today's vehicles. Students in this industry learn the technology needed to replace or repair body panels, straighten and repair frame damage, sand and paint vehicles, replace plastic interior and trim panels, and a lot more.

Whether you want to make the move to a brand new career, or are interested in updating your skills to keep up with changing technology, one of these collision repair schools can help you get the training you're looking for. Explore our selection below or use our easy zip code school search tool to get started today!
Auto body repair training is a great option for those with an interest in mechanics who want to get into the working world quickly, or for those who wish to pursue an auto body apprenticeship. Auto body repair programs at Ontario colleges teach practical skills that can lead to a number of careers in the auto body and auto parts industry, from mechanical work to service and support.

If you’re interested in learning about auto body repair training and the opportunities it can open for you, here’s what you need to know.

Auto Body Repair Courses
Auto body repair programs are generally designed for people with limited experience working with cars. A portion of the curriculum is dedicated to learning about mechanical systems, automobile parts and functions, and workplace safety.

A large portion of class time is also spent in hands-on training, learning and practicing techniques such as:

Refinishing procedures
Prepping for paint
Body and frame repair
Welding
General Auto Body Repair Program Requirements
Ontario college auto body repair programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent.

It’s important to note that some or all of the credits earned in an auto body repair program may be used toward an auto body apprenticeship, should a graduate wish to continue their education in that way.

Auto Body Repair Jobs and Salaries
Auto body repair graduates can find work in a number of areas in the automotive industry, including (but not limited to):

Parts Technicians
Auto Body Apprentices
Apprentice Painters
Service Advisors
Appraisal Trainees
Auto body repair grads typically qualify for entry-level roles only, and can expect starting salaries between $25,000 and $30,000 per year. It is possible to work your way up to a higher salary with experience, but many grads choose to continue their education in another automotive or mechanical program or to start an auto body apprenticeship.

Ontario Colleges Offering Auto Body Repair Programs
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