If the automotive industry interests you, it is essential to learn the necessary theory and obtain practical experience to begin your career. In addition, many automotive employers expect applicants to have some form of apprenticeship training. Like other auto body schools, you can participate in the Centennial College’s program entitled Auto Body Repair Techniques. This goal of this post-secondary program is to help you gain the practical skills you need to open the doors to an exciting apprenticeship position or entry-level job.
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has approved all of the courses within the Auto Body Repair Techniques program, which has been modeled on the apprenticeship in-school program. These courses include: Body and Frame Repair, Applied Work Practices and Procedures, Refinishing, Communication Skills for Auto body, Computers for Auto body Technicians, Trade Related Mathematics and much more. As you can see, there is a clear balance between theory and hands-on training which ensures that, upon graduation, students will be employable and have the ability to work on the most current vehicles. In fact, 40 per cent of your time in the auto body school will be spent getting hands-on practice. During this practical training the Centennial College instructors will guide and support you as you learn to repair automobile bodies and prepare them for painting. They will also teach you to become comfortable with welding using MIG and oxy-acetylene equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures and related mechanical systems. Classes are taught at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus, which is the largest automotive training centre in the province and houses a state-of-the-art auto body repair lab. A minimum D grade in all subjects with an overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.
You will graduate from this auto body school program with an Ontario College Certificate that is recognized by the auto industry. In addition, you may also have an opportunity for credit toward your apprenticeship requirements. Lastly, the Auto Body Repair Techniques program provides opportunities for you to find full-time positions upon graduation. These positions include: auto body apprentice, apprentice painter, service advisors, appraisal trainee and parts technician. From entry-level jobs, you can move into specialized areas of the field and eventually obtain supervisor or managerial positions.
If you’re interested in applying for this 36-week auto body program, you must possess at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is a compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.