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Auto Body Technician

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Auto Body Technician

Program Overview

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. 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;
  • welding.

Hands-On Learning

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.

A Head Start on Apprenticeship

Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic certificate will gain you advanced standing as an apprentice in the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer trade. You’ll need to find a job in the trade and register as an apprentice. There are a lot of benefits to apprenticeship—including greater mobility and earning power. Learn more at Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

International applicants are not currently considered for admission to this program.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, you’ll be ready for entry-level positions in auto body repair shops, private garages, paint shops and large commercial fleets. Auto body techs are trained in a variety of tasks, but you could find yourself specializing in painting, frame and wheel alignment, glass installation or body repair.

Go for your journeyperson’s ticket as a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer and you’ll find opportunities for supervisory positions and with appraisal centres. You could also start your own auto body repair business.

For more information, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Automotive Glass InstallerMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$31,200 - $69,000
Automotive Refinisher and Motor Vehicle Body RepairerMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$31,200 - $69,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 30 weeks

Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 50 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,200

International Students

Year One (30 weeks) - $14,900.00 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
BESK 120
Benchwork
2
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You will learn how to identify, select, operate and maintain hand and power tools, equipment and fasteners.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMM 127
Industry Communications
2
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You will practice fundamental employability skills related to oral and written communications. You will also practice employability skills related to working effectively with others. You will learn personal employability skills and the effect of attitudes and behaviours on successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Print Distance Individual, Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Work Based Delivery
DOOR 120
Door Servicing
2
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You will learn how to remove and replace interior trim panels and remove, service and replace window regulators, door locks and associated hardware. You will also learn how to service, remove and replace movable and stationary door glass. The course content includes repairing and replacing door hinges, aligning doors and sealing doors against wind, water and dust leaks.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 34.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
ELEC 120
Electrical Systems
2
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You will focus on identifying, diagnosing, servicing, repairing and replacing automotive wiring, electrical parts and computer components.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
GLAS 120
Glass Removal and Installation
1
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You will examine the role of stationary glass in unibody construction. The course content includes glass removal and replacement to factory original specifications.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 12.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MATH 130
Industrial Mathematics
2
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You will review fractions, decimals and percentages. You will study basic algebra, ratio and proportion, linear measure, areas, volumes, capacities, interrelationships used in the metric system, wage and time calculation, and financial calculations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MEAS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
METL 120
Basic Metal Work
10
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You will learn how to smooth and shape metal panels. You will also learn how to finish automotive panels by filing, grinding and applying body filler. The course content includes repairing minor rust damage.
Credit Units: 10
Course Hours: 150.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
METL 220
Advanced Metal Work
8
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You will focus on analyzing repair costs and repairing minor and major collision damage (including fibre-reinforced, plastic and rust repairs).
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): DOOR 120, ELEC 120, GLAS 120, METL 120, PLST 120, SFTY 126(concurrent), SHME 120, WELD 178
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PLST 120
Plastic Material Repair
2
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You will learn how to repair plastic automotive parts and fibre-reinforced panels.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PNTG 120
Basic Painting
7
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You will focus on preparing substrate (including sanding, masking, paint stripping and applying primers, surfacers and sealers). The course content includes mixing and applying paint to single and multiple panels, preparing and painting plastics, and cleaning and servicing spray guns, spray booths and air supply systems. You will also learn how to polish new and old finishes, and clean and detail vehicles for delivery.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 100.0
Prerequisites(s): DOOR 120, ELEC 120, SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab, Work Based Delivery
PNTG 220
Advanced Painting
8
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You will learn how to match colour, use blending techniques and do spot repairs. You will also learn how to remove and replace wood grain transfers, decals and pin striping, identify and correct paint defects, and apply tri-coat finishes. Your project will be to paint a vehicle.
Credit Units: 8
Course Hours: 118.0
Prerequisites(s): DOOR 120, GLAS 120, PLST 120, PNTG 120, SFTY 126(concurrent), SHME 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PRAC 121
Industrial Attachment
0
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You will become familiar with the industry as you spend two weeks in an auto body repair shop.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience - Group
SFTY 126
Safe Working Procedures
0
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You will study and follow the basic principles of shop safety when working with and around equipment, tools and chemicals used in the auto body trade.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
SHME 120
Front Sheet Metal
2
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You will learn how to remove, install and align bumpers, hoods, header panels, fenders, radiator supports and headlight assemblies.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 28.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
WELD 178
Welding
7
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You will learn how to fusion weld light gauge metal used in the auto body industry using metal inert gas (MIG) welding procedures. You will also learn how to perform resistance spot welds. You will learn to cut metals using both a cutting torch and plasma arc cutters.
Credit Units: 7
Course Hours: 100.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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