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Automotive Refinishing Technician


An Automotive Refinishing Technician program teaches a student to paint and refinishe automobiles, trucks, and buses whether it's a result of a collision, restoration work or a custom-design paint job.

As an Automotive Refinishing Technicians, you will be responsible for calculating the amount of paint required for a job, mixing paint to exactly match existing colours, and blending paint to its correct thickness. Most Automotive Refinishing Technician use a spray gun to apply both the primer and final coats of paint and they're responsible for keeping up-to-date with new products and processes, and for maintaining records of materials used. This trade is a creative trade where colour matching and fine-finishing details are valuable skills. The entire program usually takes 2 years to complete.

After graduation, most Automotive Refinishing Technicians are employed at motor vehicle dealerships, body shops and automotive specialty shops.

Careers

Automotive Body and Related Repairers
Wage: $40,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.6%
Self Employed: 14.1%
Unemployment Rate: 4.4%
Employed Part Time: 5.6%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Wage: $39,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 14.3%
Self Employed: 16.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Employed Part Time: 5.6%

Education Requirements:
Postsecondary vocational award
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
Wage: $35,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 18.7%
Self Employed: 20.7%
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Employed Part Time: 4.5%

Education Requirements:
Long-term on-the-job training