Auto body shop training

Pursuing a career in auto body repair painting means you can pursue entry level positions with a long list of potential employers. Better still, you don’t need a university degree to pursue these great career opportunities as a Refinishing Prep or Auto Body Technician.

Potential Collision Repair Employers
New car dealers
Retail collision repair facilities
Custom specialty shops
Heavy duty truck repair facilities
Becoming an entrepreneur and owning your own body shop
Entry level positions for auto body repair painting
Automotive Detailer
Apprentice Refinishing Prep Technician
Apprentice Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
Automotive Metal Fabricator/Welder
Plastic Repair Technician
Dent Doctor
Aftermarket Installer
Numerous opportunities for career advancement
Automotive Refinishing Technician
Automotive Painter
Motorcycle Painter
Aircraft Refinisher
Mobile Painter
Auto Body Technician
Collision Repair Technician
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer
Mobile Bodyman
Frame Repairer
Heavy Duty Auto Body Technician
Truck Body Specialist
Shop Foreman
Body Shop Manager
Body Shop Owner
Typical duties for Refinishing Prep or Auto Body Repair Technician
Remove wax, grease and dust from the vehicle
rough spots on vehicle panels and sand surfaces by hand or with air sanders
Minor damage repairs
Restoration of anti-corrosion treatments and substrate preparation
Undercoat product mixing and application ensuring chemical compatibility, adhesion and durability
Application of anti-corrosion compounds
Prep vehicle for paint; masking and priming
Apply primer to repair areas
Paint parts inners
Sand the vehicle several times during the painting process
Possible collision or restorative work, or they may design and create custom paint jobs
Set the booth to dry the paint
Remove masking papers and touch up paintwork
Remove parts, damaged fenders, doors, panels, and grills
Repair structure of vehicles
Remove dents, buckles, and other defects
Repair and replace doors, front-end body, and underbody components
Straighten bent or twisted frames and weld metal parts
Fill damaged areas with body fillers
Filing, grinding, sanding, and smoothing repaired body surfaces as well as repaint repaired surfaces
Repair or replace interior components such as seats, carpets, and floorboard insulation
Aim headlights and align wheels
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Auto Body Certification with ATC as your Auto Body Repair School

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!