Become an auto body repair technician
Auto body repair technicians work with their hands, have variety in their day-to-day tasks and see their work take shape before their eyes. They are also in high demand as manufacturers continue to develop vehicles using new materials and methods that demand cutting-edge repair techniques, tools and materials.
Auto body repair courses
Fanshawe's auto body repair courses focus on the practical skills used by entry-level auto body repairers: welding, refinishing, metalworking and body repair. While in the program, you will have numerous opportunities to perfect your craftsmanship in our state-of-the-art auto body shop and develop a strong foundational understanding of the technologies and techniques used in the auto body repair field.
You will also learn how to assess vehicle damage, develop repair estimates using proper etiquette, work with common industry software and learn the fundamentals behind shop operation. These are all important skills for graduates to succeed in the auto body and collision damage repair trade and thrive in this high demand industry.
Career opportunities for auto body repair technicians
Auto body repair technicians are in demand and Fanshawe's auto body repair training programs are highly recognized by employers throughout Ontario. Statistics show that there are three positions available for every two applicants coming into the trade.
Arrangements will be made for graduates of this program to write the level one apprenticeship exemption exam, rewarding them one year's credit toward their three-year apprenticeship schooling.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Under appropriate supervision, repair and refinish damage to automotive bodies and frames, and inspect and repair vehicle safety devices.
Under appropriate supervision, use diagnostic equipment and basic repair techniques to service automotive power train, tires and rims, fuel and electrical systems, and heating, air conditioning and cooling systems.
Repair rust on vehicles and apply for corrosion protection where appropriate.
Access information to remain current with advanced trade techniques in auto body repair.
Assess vehicle damage and provide repair estimates to clients.
Perform basic auto body business accounting to calculate inventory, damage and repair estimates.
Make ethical business decisions when conducting sales and interacting with clients. 8. Communicate effectively to build and maintain client relationships.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ATBR-1019 Auto Body Work Practices 2.5
WELD-1059 Automotive Welding 3.5
ATBR-1029 Auto Body Frame & Structure 5.5
ATBR-1030 Painting Fundamentals 3.5
ATBR-1022 Auto Body Basic Mechanical 1.5
ATBR-1023 Trade Calculations 2
ATBR-3007 Auto Body Mechanical 1.5
ATBR-3008 Automotive Plastic Repair 3
ATBR-3009 Non-Structural Panel Repairs 3
ATBR-3010 Collision Repair Estimating 1.5
ATBR-3011 Painting Techniques 2
ATBR-3012 Trade Techniques 2.5
COMM-3081 Communications for the Auto Body Trade 2
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 9 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency requirement and graduate from this program
OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Personal Preparation
Secondary school automotive classes
Specialized High Skills Major
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program
Basic computer skills
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
Achievement in the Admission Requirements
Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Auto Body Repair Techniques program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Auto Body Repair Techniques program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Auto Body RepairTechniques program.
Graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce as an auto body apprentice and may choose to write the exam for Ontario College of Trades Apprentice Training Standard for Auto Body (Branch 1) to accelerate their apprenticeship. Graduates may work as an estimator, insurance company appraiser, or with an aftermarket supply company.