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Motor Vehicle Body Repair

Learn to repair and refinish collision-damaged vehicles.

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Start Date:
September
Typical Length:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate

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Overview

Collision repair technicians enjoy the challenge of repairing and refinishing a wide variety of automobiles. Each new job calls on your problem-solving abilities plus a little creativity and imagination. You also have to develop a variety of skills: from welding and metalworking, to electrical, mechanical, plastic repair, refinishing and structural analysis.

In this program, you learn procedures for welding, repairing and aligning body panels. You learn how to prepare and paint surfaces and how to use electronic databases to estimate costs related to vehicle damage.

All repair procedures are completed in accordance with manufacturer's specifications and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Canada standards.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • NSCC gives you hands-on experience applying I-CAR technology and industry standard collision repair and refinishing techniques. Graduates may also apply for I-CAR credit certifications.

Other info

  • Certification with a Red Seal – Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. See the Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint) trade in Nova Scotia.
  • This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Industrial safety standards dictate facial hair and headwear regulations.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus/Online Dartmouth Full time BlendedBlended
Complete your program through courses that combine online (scheduled), and on-campus learning.
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Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.
  • Standard First Aid, CPR Level A

Tuition

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Automotive dealerships and independent collision repair or refinishing centres. Opportunities may also exist with truck fleet owners and bus companies.
  • You may also find employment in many occupations related to the field, including Autobody Repairer (Metal & Paint), Automotive Painter, Detailer, Estimator, Parts Technician.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

ACRR 1000 - Collision Repair and Workplace Safety
This course provides a basic awareness of workplace safety as it applied to motor vehicle body repair. Topics will include how to identify and use safety equipment and procedures that support a safe working environment. This course is delivered using a project-based approach and aligns with the safety requirements of the motor vehicle body repair industry and the Province of Nova Scotia.

ACRR 1001 - Hand and Power Tools
This course introduces the theory and practical skills required to safely use the hand and power tools found in a motor vehicle body repair workshop. Topics will include how to identify, use and maintain tools powered by hand, pneumatics, electricity and hydraulics. This course is delivered using a project-based approach and aligns with the requirements of the motor vehicle body repair industry.

ACRR 1002 - Introduction to Automotive Welding and Cutting
In this course learners will acquire the theory and practical skills necessary to perform welding and cutting operations commonly used in the auto collision repair trade. Learners will perform welding procedures using oxy-acetylene, Gas Metal Arc (GMAW), resistance spot and plasma arc cutting equipment. Learners will have the opportunity to purchase I-CAR Gold Class industry points.

ACRR 1003 - Metal Forming - Non-Structured
This course introduces the common techniques of metal forming and shaping used in the motor vehicle body repair industry. Topics will include practicing uni-spotter, hammer and dolly and pick and pry techniques to address panel forming, dent removal and metal finishing. This is a skill development course and delivered using a project-based approach.

ACRR 1004 - Body Filler - Applications and Abrasives for Finishing
This course introduces the theory and practical skills required to perform body fill and finishing applications used in the motor vehicle body repair workshop. Topics include selecting abrasives for seamless filling and shaping prior to finishing. This course is delivered using a project-based approach and aligns with the requirements of the motor vehicle body repair industry.

ACRR 1007 - Spray Gun Techniques
This course introduces the practical skills required to use a spray gun for priming and refinishing used in the motor vehicle body repair workshop. Topics include the different spray gun equipment, spraying techniques and equipment maintenance. This is a skill development course and delivered using a project-based approach.

ACRR 1008 - Surface Preparation and Primer Applications
This course develops the practical skills required to clean, sand, mask and prime a vehicle body surface for paint application used in the motor vehicle body repair workshop. Topics include performing surface preparation, advanced masking techniques and the application of primers and topcoats. This is a skill development course and delivered using a project-based approach.

ACRR 1010 - Vehicle Construction Analysis Teardown and Assembly
This course introduces the theory and skill development required to differentiate between vehicle body constructions. Topics include the analysis, disassembly and reassembly of a full-frame or unibody vehicle. This course is delivered using a project-based approach and aligns with the requirements of the motor vehicle body repair industry.

ACRR 1011 - Quality Inspection and Delivery
This course introduces the practical skills required to detail and assemble vehicles after paint application used in the motor vehicle body repair workshop. Topics include inspecting surface paint, eliminating imperfections, polishing and detailing vehicles prior to customer delivery. This is a skill development course and delivered using a project-based approach.

ACRR 1012 - Plastics and Non-Metal Repair
This course introduces the products and practical skills required to perform non-metal repair used in the in the motor vehicle body repair workshop. Topics include performing four types of repairs: cosmetic, two-sided and a tab repair. This is a skill development course and delivered using a project-based approach.

ACRR 1013 - Preparation and Masking
This course introduces the cleaning and masking of vehicle surfaces prior to paint applications and finishes. Topics include identifying different techniques and materials used to mask surfaces prior to priming and finishing applications. This is a skill development course and delivered using a project-based approach.

ACRR 1100 - Work Experience I
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep a journal.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

SAFE 1021 - Introduction to Hazard Identification
The learners are introduced to the types of hazards encountered in workplaces and the approach that should be followed when recommending and implementing appropriate controls. Two key elements of Hazard Identification are addressed: Hazard Assessment and Inspection. The Nova Scotia Occupational Health and Safety Act is discussed. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1023 - Introduction to Lock-out Tag Out
Lock-out Tag Out introduces the learner to the hazards related to energized systems and procedures to ensure worker safety. Related legislation and risk management is discussed and the learner is exposed to the various types of lock-out devices. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

SAFE 1024 - Introduction to Respiratory Protection
The learner is introduced to the potential of atmospheric hazards in the workplace and the available personal protection and control methods to maintain a safe work environment. Discussion includes identification and testing for atmospheric hazards and workplace respiratory programs. The learner will be given the opportunity to select, use and maintain respiratory equipment. The course material is to be infused throughout the curriculum and may be delivered in the classroom, shop or other opportunity as designed and developed by the instructor.

WORK 1100 - Workplace Mentoring I
This unit of instruction is designed to assist learners in managing their learning as an apprentice in the workplace. Learners will study their own experiences with learning new skills and identify their own learning preferences as an aid to developing learning strategies.

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