Motor Vehicle Body Repairer and Painter

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Motor Vehicle Body Repairers and Painters see cars as canvases. They are detailed artists who repair and restore damaged motor vehicle body parts and interior finishing components, repaint body surfaces and repair and replace automotive glass. You’ll learn how to prime, paint, weld, apply body filler application, conduct fibreglass repair, as well as how to operate manual, electric and pneumatic tools. Our fully-equipped shop will let you exercise your creative skills by designing mock-ups and working on real customer vehicles.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    Most vehicle body repairers work in private enterprises or are self-employed. As a graduate, you may be employed by body shops, auto and truck dealerships, custom shops and trucking and bus companies. In larger shops or dealerships, there may be a division of responsibilities among the team of repair professionals. Some may work exclusively on collision damage repair, frame straightening, painting, suspension and mechanical or auto glass installation. Generally in smaller shops, you tend to be responsible for a wider range of these duties.

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    NOC Codes

    7322 - Motor vehicle body repairers

    What you will learn

    • Mechanical and Electrical Component Repairs
    • Math Foundations
    • Ozone Depleting Substances
    • Shop Practice
    • Preparation for Vehicle Delivery
    • Vehicle Construction
    • Metal Repairs
    • Non-Structural Repairs
    • Painting Equipment
    • Refinishing
    • Workplace Safety
    • Computers
    • Welding and Cutting
    • Work Experience

    Program Courses

    This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

    In this course, students become familiar with the construction of vehicles.  Students learn to repair vehicle panels, trim and hardware, glass and mountings, plastics, and aluminium body surfaces. The importance of organizing work effectively and using service manuals is also emphasized.


    • SECU1002
    • SECU1194G

    This course familaizes students with paint booths, accessories and spray painting equipment used to carry out spray paint tasks on a variety of vehicle and vehicle components.


    • SECU1194G

    Students use knowledge of open and closed panels as they relate to vehicle construction in order to inspect and analyze the procedures required to plan the appropriate sequence of repair steps. Focus is on straightening and repairing sheet metal using a variety of body fill products and filing and grinding methodologies.


    • SECU1002
    • SECU1194G

    This course focuses on adjusting, repairing and replacing hinged panels that are affected by rust as opposed to impact or other damage. Students analyse the type of intervention required and carry out appropriate tasks using a variety of equipment such as welding machines, and sand blasters.


    • WDSO1037
    • BRDE1003E
    • SECU1194G

    The purpose of this course is to refresh skills in mathematics developed through secondary programs in areas deemed essential for the successful completion of the program. Although the topics covered in this course are common to any math program, every effort is made to illustrate their usage in the trades’ professions.

    The purpose of this practicum is to provide students with a direct, supervised practical experience. Such an experience enables students to apply the knowledge acquired during their training directly to their field of study. The applied work experience exposes the students to the trade environment and participants are expected to become members of the team in the industry site to which they are attached.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    In this course, students focus on applying communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, document use, and critical thinking to make occupation-specific communication effective and efficient while developing computer-related skills necessary to be successful in college and on the job.

    In this course, students focus on acquiring job search skills to gain a work-term placement as well as employment while also, developing interpersonal communication skills needed to grow their career.

    This course is designed to review the essential applied science skills that are taught in related courses.

    This is a 1-day environmental awareness training course based on Environment Canada's "Code of Practice for Reducing CFC/HCFC/HFC Emissions in Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems". It is suitable for residential, commercial, industrial, domestic, automotive and mobile applications. Specific topics covered are: CFCs and the ozone layer, isolation valving, recommended components, leak detection methods, system charging procedures, special maintenance provisions, and refrigerant recovery, reuse, recycle and reclamation equipment.


    • SECU1194G

    This course instructs students on the proper use of hand tools and shop equipment. They are also introduced to the proper use of fasteners, tubing and fittings. Motor Vehicle Body Repairer and Painter students also learn the safe use of hydraulic body jacks.


    • SECU1194G

    This course is intended to provide the students with the knowledge required to function safely in their work environment. Included within this course are the specific WorkSafeNB competencies required for all NBCC graduates. Participants cover the safety and security standards required on the job so that they are aware of potential hazards and can prevent them.

    The safety procedures introduced in the course focus on preparing the students to function efficiently and safely as they get more practice and applied knowledge specific to their trade.

    This course familiarizes students with the preparation of surfaces required before refinishing or spot painting can occur. The use of primers for auto body repair and maintenance is covered.


    • BRDE1004
    • SECU1194G

    This course familiarizes students with vehicle body cleaning, automotive finishes, and the products used for detailing vehicles.


    • SECU1194G

    This course familiarizes students with electric metal inert gas (MIG) welding, spot welding and metal cutting and heating.


    • SECU1194G

    Specific Considerations

    Typically, employees work indoors in an environment that can be noisy and dusty however, many shops are well ventilated to avert health risks from dust and fumes. Health and safety are important issues for these trades-people as they are frequently in contact with chemicals (e.g. paints, compounds, solvents) and physical hazards (e.g. frame equipment, sharp metal). Ongoing safety training and a good knowledge of safety standards and regulations are important.

    Key attributes for people entering this trade are: good communication skills, mechanical aptitudes, problem solving skills, an eye for detail, good colour vision, computer literacy and a commitment to ongoing training. Good physical condition and agility are important because the work often requires considerable standing, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling and reaching.

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