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:
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.
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.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Automotive Glass Installer||Motor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)||$31,200 - $69,000|
|Automotive Refinisher and Motor Vehicle Body Repairer||Motor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)||$31,200 - $69,000|
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