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

    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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