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Auto Body Repair Jobs


Auto body repair painting offers many exciting career paths

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
  • Remove 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

Why Choose ATC?

Here are 4 reasons to choose Automotive Training Centre

Smaller classes for better learning outcomes

Flexible schedule: study while you work

Professional real world, industry experienced instructors

Intense hands-on training so you can master your skill set

Stephen D’intino Auto Body Technician

My experience at the Automotive Training Centre has jump started my life, for it has allowed me to finally work in the field I have dreamed about since I was a child. The teachers were really clear in their explanations of challenging concepts and it made me feel comfortable in class. The best part of the experience was, that most of the learning process took place in the shop. The part of having mostly hands on learning made it so much more easier for me to comprehend those challenging concepts and it put me in a learning environment that I could actually flourish in. Another great part about my school experience would have to be, after the program was over, I found a job immediately and it’s been the best job I have ever had. For those reasons, I would like to thank the teachers and staff of The Automotive Training Centre for providing me with a strong base to move forward in my automotive career.

Stephen D’intino, graduate of the automotive technician program

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