Do you like working on cars? Want to get into the workforce quickly? Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Auto Body Technician program could be a great fit for you. The program prepares you for work in auto body shops, auto dealerships and private garages.
The job involves bending, standing and lifting heavy equipment. But it’s also creative work—a good eye for colour and detail will ensure your skills are in demand.
Auto Body Technician is a one-year certificate program offered on campus in Saskatoon and in Regina.
Note: The Regina (January) delivery of this program is marketed almost exclusively to international students with a study permit, although it may be available to domestic students as well.
The program gives you a solid foundation in the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in motor vehicle body repair and refinishing. You’ll get practical training in:
basic and advanced metal work;
basic and advanced painting;
benchwork and safe working procedures;
door servicing, glass installation and electrical systems;
front sheet metal and plastic material repair;
industry communications and math;
You’ll learn from experienced instructors and get practical experience in Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s well-equipped auto body shops. You’ll hammer out dings, paint a vehicle, install a glass windshield, align a bumper and more. You’ll also spend two weeks in an auto body repair shop getting a first-hand taste of the job.
This program will train you to repair and/or replace damaged motor vehicle structures and body components, prepare for refinishing, and apply interior and exterior finishes. You may specialize in prepping, refinishing, sheet metal and plastics repair, or frame straightening. Journeyman certification is available as a Prepper, Refinisher, or Repairer; or by combining these three areas you can become a fully certified Auto Body Technician.
Apprentices may be eligible for financial support.
To enter an apprenticeship, you must have the educational qualifications required for the trade to which you apply. Entrance requirements are monitored by Alberta and Industry Training.
See the Apprentice System of Training to find out about becoming a registered apprentice.
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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:
Prepping for paint
Body and frame repair
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):
Auto Body Apprentices
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
Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of auto body repair programs at Ontario colleges.