Auto Body Technician

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  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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.

The Auto Body trade is an enjoyable career path for individuals who are creative, technical and hands-on. Auto Body Technicians repair and restore damaged motor vehicle structures and finishes.

The Auto Body trade in Alberta is split into four segments. Prepper, Refinisher, Repairer, and Technician.

-Preppers are involved in the entire repair process but specialize in the restoration of vehicle surfaces and corrosion protection. Auto Body Preppers will identify substrates, prepare surfaces, mix and apply undercoats, apply or install corrosion protection. They will also remove and install bolt on exterior and interior components.

-Refinishers will perform the duties of the prepper as well as restore the vehicles finish and perform damage appraisals. The refinisher specific tasks will be accurate colour matching, applying refinish products and removing defects in painted surfaces.

-Repairers will perform the duties of the prepper as well as perform damage appraisals and structural repairs. The repairer specific tasks will be structural repairs, body sheet metal work, plastic repairs, component replacement and alignment, restraint system repairs, and repair verification.

-Technicians will perform the duties of the preppers, refinishers and repairers although they may specialize in damage appraisal, frame straightening, surface preparation, sheet metal work, or refinishing.

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).

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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.


Auto Body Technician

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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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Red Seal

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada.

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Blue Seal

If you are a certified Blue Seal journeyperson in Alberta, you've proven that you meet Alberta's high industry standards and possess the skills to succeed in your trade.

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2021 Provincial Skills Canada Competition: Car Painting

Get an inside look at NAIT Auto Body Technician students competing in car painting at the 2021 Provincial Skills Canada Competition.

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