Auto Body Technician

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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

Most apprenticeship programs are 3-4 periods in length, with an average of 8 weeks for each training period. In addition, there are specific allotments of on-the-job training hours associated with each period, so most apprentices complete 1 period per calendar year.

You’re an auto body technician. You know how to repair and replace damaged motor vehicle structures and body components, including interior and exterior finishes. You may specialize in prepping, refinishing, sheet metal/plastic repairing or frame straightening, but you’re familiar with each process and how they work together.

But you want to learn more, like how to weld in new sections or repair body panels, or maybe you need more experience applying masking to the bumpers, windows and trim and using a spray gun. At NAIT, where we’ve been delivering Auto Body Technician apprenticeship training since 1963, we’re here to teach you everything you need to know.

Here are a few other subjects covered in the Auto Body Technician apprenticeship program at NAIT:

  • using frame machines to straighten bent frames and unitized bodies
  • working out minor damage in panels, fenders, skirting and sheet metal trim
  • welding torn metal

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

If you are a creative decision-maker who performs expert and very precise work, then you will enjoy working as an auto body technician.

As an auto body technician, you will have steady employment working indoors in a noisy, sometimes dusty or fume-filled environment. You will work with sharp metals and power tools, so safety awareness is important.

Training at NAIT

The Auto Body Technician apprenticeship term is:

  • 4 years (four 12-month periods)
  • minimum of 1600 hours on-the-job training in period 1 and 2
  • minimum of 1500 hours on-the-job training in period 3 and 4
  • 4 weeks of technical training in period 1
  • 6 weeks of technical training in period 2
  • 7 weeks of technical training in period 3 and 4

Auto body technicians train at the Suncor Energy Centre for Piping Systems Technology at Patricia Campus (12204 149 St NW).

Enter the workforce with confidence

As an auto body technician, you will be employed by auto body repair shops, car dealerships, custom shops or companies with vehicle fleets. Experienced auto body technicians can advance to supervisory positions, start their own businesses or become automobile damage appraisers for insurance companies.


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Apprenticeship is a method of gaining the expertise needed to become a skilled tradesperson. This is done through a combination of on-the-job experience and classroom training.

The term of apprenticeship for auto body technician is 4 years, (four 12-month periods), including

  • a minimum of 1,600 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the first year
  • 1,600 hours of on-the-job training and 6 weeks of technical training in the second year
  • 1,500 hours of on-the-job training and 7 weeks of technical training in the third and fourth years

Period 1

The first period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. Apprentices are trained in regulations, component removal and installation, maintenance and identification of body shop tools, vehicle construction techniques, surface preparation, and pre-delivery skills. Apprentices are also introduced to some electrical skills.

Period 2

The second period of technical training is 6 weeks in length. This period focuses on vehicle refinishing procedures and techniques. Apprentices are trained in colour matching, blending and topcoat application, as well as using a computer-operated colour mixing system. Apprentices are also trained in paint damage analysis and estimating.

Period 3

The third period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices receive more in-depth training in electrical diagnostics, cooling, heating and air conditioning systems. A considerable amount of time is spent in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding. Apprentices are also introduced to metal repair and replacement, composite repair, non-structural damage and repair procedures.

Period 4

The fourth period of technical training is 7 weeks in length. Apprentices focus on heavy collision repair, which includes topics such as estimating, collision and damage analysis, and diagnosis and repair of chassis components. Apprentices also receive training in structural and frame damage repair techniques, occupant restraint systems, glass replacement, drive train, fuel, exhaust and brake systems, and hubs, tire wheels and wheel alignment.

Period 1

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $175.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $117.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 2

  • Tuition: $588.00
  • Books & Supplies: $175.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $117.88
  • Athletic Fee: $28.20

Period 3

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $205.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $125.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

Period 4

  • Tuition: $686.00
  • Books & Supplies: $220.00
  • NAITSA & Materials Fee: $125.88
  • Athletic Fee: $32.90

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Effective November 1, 2014, you must fillout the application located on the MyTradesecrets website for Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board staff to determine if you are eligible for status as an indentured apprentice.

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