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Auto body shops are the most common employers of body repair technicians. The ultimate goal of a body repair technician is to restore a customer’s vehicle to the condition it was in before the damage was received. Hence, technicians fix cars after they’ve been damaged in an accident or other incidents. They use a wide array of tools to cut off old parts, connect new parts to the car, fill holes, repair scratches, dents and dings, and make the car look as good as new.

Body repair technicians repair the body/structure/mechanical components to the point of pre-accident condition. Depending on skill set there may be variances in what each technician can perform – i.e.: Level 1 – ALL, including structural  Level 2 – ALL excluding structural (repair/replace panels) Level 3 – Small production type repair only (interchangeable parts, small repair etc.).

Auto body repair is a regulated trade. Qualified individuals may obtain a certificate which confirms its holder has the skills, knowledge and experience that meet industry standards of practice.  The term of apprenticeship for an auto body technician is 4 years (four 12 month periods). This includes a set number of hours on-the-job and technical training.

Auto body repair jobs require a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and the ability to adapt to the ever-changing automotive world. Auto body repair workers are required to drive customer vehicles short distances to ensure that repairs are complete and the vehicle is suitably repaired.

Auto body repair careers require the ability to communicate effectively with customers. Having the ability to listen to what the customer is saying is vital in this field. Auto body repair careers also require excellent customer service skills. The ability to deal with customers and provide them with the service that they require results in a client that is satisfied.



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Average Salaries by Region

Canada $73,934
Alberta $75,513
Ontario $75,006
Quebec $60,352
Region Average Salary
Canada $73,934
British Columbia $88,159
Alberta $75,513
Saskatchewan & Manitoba $81,053
Ontario $75,006
Quebec $60,352
Atlantic Provinces $47,985


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Forecast: Total jobs over 5 years

Region 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
BC 759 779 813 846 881 917
Alberta 741 747 775 802 830 859
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 491 494 510 526 544 562
Ontario 1,714 1,755 1,823 1,890 1,958 2,026
Quebec 1,318 1,333 1,375 1,416 1,459 1,503
Atlantic provinces 352 352 361 370 380 390


Full Time vs. Part Time Overall


Full Time in 2018

98%

Part Time in 2018

2%

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Region Full Time Part Time
B.C. 99% 0%
Alberta 99% 0%
Saskatchewan & Manitoba 99% 0%
Ontario 99% 0%
Quebec 97% 2%
Atlantic 89% 10%


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Gender Breakdown

Men and Women Working in the Aftermarket Sector


Males in 2017

99%

Females in 2017

1%
Age Range Percentage
Less than 20 3%
20-29 13%
30-39 15%
40-49 24%
50-59 43%
60+ 3%

  •  Valid Drivers License
  •  High School diploma or equivalent
  •  I-Car certification is an asset
  •  Completion of a four-year apprenticeship program

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A combination of over four years of work experience in the trade and high school, college or industry courses in automotive technology is required to be eligible for trade certification.

  •  Trade certification for technicians are required by certain provinces
  •  Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified technicians upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination. (The Red Seal Interprovincial Standards Program, also known as Red Seal or simply IP, is a set of trade qualifications in Canada, jointly administered by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial governments.)
  •  Apprenticeship programs are available with apprentices working under certified technicians.
  •  Training is a combination of on-the-job and in class
  •  Experience required usually ranges from 1-5 years

On average body repair technicians have

15.8 years of experience

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Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Less than 1 year 2%
1-5 years 18%
Over Five Years 80%

Avg. Years Experience Breakdown

Experience Percentage
Less than 1 year 2%
1-5 years 18%
Over Five Years 80%


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