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Auto Body Technician - Auto Body Repairer

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Auto body technicians in the auto body repairer branch of the trade do damage appraisals, frame and unibody structural repairs, body sheet-metal work, plastic repairs, component replacement and alignment.

In the past repairer specialists used heavy frame machines and simple gauges to repair heavy collision damage.  Today auto body repairers rely on precise factory specification charts and use sophisticated measuring and repair systems to restore damaged vehicles.  Virtually all passenger vehicles manufactured today employ unibody or monoconoque construction where each body panel contributes to the integral strength of the vehicle, maximizing passenger protection.  Supplemental restraint systems such as air bags and seat belts form a significant portion of the auto body repairer's workload.

Auto body repairers are responsible for restoring the structural integrity of damaged vehicles during the repair process.  This generally involves cutting away damaged components and welding in new or recycled replacement components.  Precise work is critical to restore the vehicle to its pre-damaged condition and to ensure that suspension and steering components are accurately aligned.

Program Information

Program Information & Requirements
  • The term of apprenticeship for an auto body repairer is 3 years (three 12-month periods), including a minimum of 1620 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the first year, 1590 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training in each of the second and third years.
Trade Qualifier

Program Credit

Category Information
High School Credit

Supporting Resources

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Trade Information Get important information about the duties, working conditions, and skills and abilities needed to work in this trade. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Job Information View job postings in this trade, and learn about the current job market, average wage and resources for finding a job. (You will be re-directed to the alis website.)
Entrance Requirement You must satisfy the educational requirements or pass the entrance exam to start an apprenticeship program. If you are writing the entrance exam, there are entrance-level competencies to help you prepare, as well as an exam counselling sheet and study guide.
Course Outline Get information on all of the program requirements and what you will learn.
Technical Training View a list of currently scheduled technical training classes.
Financial Assistance Student loans, grants, scholarships and other financial assistance may be available. For more information visit our Financial Assistance section, visit an Apprenticeship and Industry Training office or call toll-free to 1-800-248-4823.
Examinations Get exam counselling sheets for your upcoming apprenticeship, interprovincial or qualification exam.
Recognized Credentials A person who holds a valid recognized credential is permitted to work in Alberta, but some employers may require Alberta documentation as proof that the holder is allowed to work in the trade or that the holder's credential is recognized.
Trade Regulation For more information regarding tasks and activities, please review the Trade Regulation.


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