Auto Body Technician

Certificate

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.

Note: The Regina and Saskatoon winter (January) deliveries of this program is marketed almost exclusively to international students with a study permit, although it may be available to domestic students as well. 

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.

Collector’s Car Club of Saskatchewan Annual Car Show
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Regina Campus, 4500 Wascana Parkway, Regina, SK
Sunday, May 29, 2022 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Food, kids activities, campus tours, and prizes available.

For more information, visit the CCC Annual Car Show Facebook page.

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.

Apprenticeship Credit

With this Saskatchewan Polytechnic credential, you may be eligible for credit towards apprenticeship training. To learn more, contact the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (SATCC).

Trade to Degree

The Bachelor of Applied Management (BAMgt) degree provides journeypersons the unique opportunity to leverage existing education and experience into a bachelor's degree with two years of additional study. Part-time and remote options are available.

Professional Recognition

Sask Polytech's Auto Body shop is professionally recognized as the only auto body school shop in North America to receive a Certified Collision Care certification.

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Certified

 

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Honda
Lexus

 

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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)$35,400 - $92,000
Collision EstimatorMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$35,400 - $92,000
Body TechnicianMotor Vehicle Body Repairers (7322)$35,400 - $92,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

August (Regina and Saskatoon); January (Regina and Saskatoon; international students)


Length:

32 weeks


Locations

  • Regina
  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Alternative Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through an alternative admission assessment. Applicants are automatically considered for alternative admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met.



ACCUPLACER©

Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Alternative Admission using Accuplacer.

  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 243 Reading

Post-secondary

Some programs allow applicants to meet the admission grade level requirement using 15 approved post-secondary credits. Review additional information.

If the program applied to has specific course requirements, they may be met through alternative post-secondary courses. Review already approved courses that may be used for admission purposes for your programs.

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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

 

2021/22 Academic Year

$7,500

International Students

View tuition rates for international students.

Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
BESK 120
Benchwork
3
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You will learn how to identify, select, operate and maintain hand and power tools, equipment and fasteners.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent), ELEC 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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): Lecture/Lab, Online
INDG 100
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
1
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You will receive an introduction to the Indigenous cultural groups within Saskatchewan. You will learn about the colonization of Indigenous peoples by the Canadian state. Your studies will help you discuss current issues and explore possible solutions.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
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 and Imperial systems, wage and time calculation, and financial calculations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MATH 165, MEAS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
METL 108
Basic Metal Work Practical Application Theory
2
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You will learn the theory how to smooth and shape metal panels. You will also learn how to finish automotive panels by filing, grinding, and applying body filler procedures. You will learn rust repair and rolling out damaged panels.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): (WLDR 160, WLDR 161), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): METL 109, METL 110
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
METL 109
Basic Metal Work 1 Practical
4
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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.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): (WLDR 160, WLDR 161), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): METL 108, METL 110
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
METL 110
Basic Metal Work 2 Practical
4
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You will perform a tension pull and rust repair.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): (WLDR 160, WLDR 161), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): METL 108, METL 109
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
SFTY 126
Safe Working Procedures
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent), (DOOR 120, ELEC 120)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WLDR 160
Welding 1
3
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You will learn how to safely perform resistance spot welds. You will learn to cut metals using both a cutting torch and plasma arc cutters.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): WLDR 161
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
WLDR 161
Welding 2
4
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You will learn how to fusion weld light gauge metal used in the auto body industry using gas metal arc welding (GMAW) procedures.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): WLDR 160
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
COMM 127
Fundamental Communication Skills
2
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You will use fundamental employability skills related to obtaining and keeping a job. You will apply skills to work effectively with others and produce job-related documents. You will identify employability and practical skills to prepare effective job search materials and discuss the effect of attitudes and behaviours on a successful job search.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 127A, COMM 127CE, COMM 187, COMM 191, COMM 193, JOBS 190, PROF 100, TCOM 102, TCOM 105, TCOM 120, TCOM 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Theory, Online, Online - Individual, Print Distance Individual, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
GLAS 120
Glass Removal and Installation
2
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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: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
METL 111
Advanced Metal Practical Application Theory
2
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You will focus on analyzing and interpreting repair estimates, repair procedures, and product information including structural specifications.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): (DOOR 120, ELEC 120, METL 108, METL 109, METL 110, PLST 120, SHME 120), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): METL 112, METL 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
METL 112
Advanced Metal Work 1 Practical
3
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You will focus on analyzing and repairing minor collision damage (including fibre-reinforced, plastic, and rust repairs).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): (DOOR 120, ELEC 120, METL 108, METL 109, METL 110, PLST 120, SHME 120, WLDR 160, WLDR 161), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): METL 111, METL 113
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
METL 113
Advanced Metal Work 2 Practical
3
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You will apply printed information to repair vehicle collision damage.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): (DOOR 120, ELEC 120, METL 108, METL 109, METL 110, PLST 120, SHME 120, WLDR 160, WLDR 161), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): METL 111, METL 112
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Prior Learning
PLST 120
Plastic Material Repair
2
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You will learn how to identify and repair plastic automotive parts and fibre-reinforced panels.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PNTG 100
Basic Painting 1
4
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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, and cleaning and servicing spray guns.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): PNTG 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PNTG 101
Basic Painting 2
4
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You will learn how to polish new and old finishes, and clean and detail vehicles for delivery. You will also learn how to service spray booths and air supply systems.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): PNTG 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning, Work Based Delivery
PNTG 102
Advanced Painting 1
4
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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 vinyl transfers.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): (METL 111, METL 112, METL 113, PLST 120, PNTG 100, PNTG 101), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): PNTG 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PNTG 103
Advanced Painting 2
4
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Your project will be to paint a vehicle and prepare for delivery.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): (METL 111, METL 112, METL 113, PLST 120, PNTG 100, PNTG 101), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Corequisites(s): PNTG 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
WORK 137
Industrial Attachment
0
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You will become familiar with the industry as you spend one week in an auto body repair shop.
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): (METL 111, METL 112, METL 113, GLAS 120, PNTG 100, PNTG 101), SFTY 126(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Work Experience -Individual

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