Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer

ACA, Restricted Certified Trades, Designated Red Seal Trade

Description

An Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer is defined as a person who repairs and replaces frame and structural components, mechanical components, electrical components, plastic and composite panels, sheet metal panels, and glass and glass assemblies. They are also responsbile for diagnosing and repairing electronic systems and assessing damages. Other duties include:

  • Repairing, reshaping, and refitting body panels, fenders, and skirtings
  • Welding breaks in body panels, fenders and skirtings
  • Shrinking or stretching metal body panels by heat treatment
  • Removing or replacing electrical, electronic and vacuum components
  • Repairing, removing or replacing wiring harnesses, air conditioning systems and water pumps
  • Straightening and aligning frame and unibody assemblies
  • Removing, replacing or adjusting steering and suspension components
  • Aligning wheels

Personal Qualities

  • You work indoors and have to tolerate loud noises, vibrations and less than perfect environmental conditions
  • You enjoy working to close and exacting tolerances
  • You have the stamina to be on your feet for long periods of time and are able to bend down and reach out frequently
  • You are not bothered by paint and other odours
  • You have and use physical strength on the job
  • You like to learn new things on a consistent basis
  • You will make a significant investment in tools
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Career Opportunities

  • Auto body and collision damage repairers are employed at small and medium size establishments either attached to new car dealerships, used car sales outlets or at stand-alone facilities
  • Auto body and collision damage repairers may often move into running their own business, work as an estimator or claims adjuster, work for suppliers or manufacturers or work in sales or as a trainer

Educational/Training Requirements

  • The minimum entry for apprenticeship is Grade 12, courses in mathematics, chemistry and transportation technology may be beneficial
  • Completion of a 7,280 hour apprenticeship program is required
  • If you have completed 8,000 hours of on the job experience/training but have not completed the Apprenticeship Program you may be eligible to challenge the Certificate of Qualification
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