Applied & Technical Studies

Specialize in collision repair

Specialize in collision repair

Collision repair technicians repair, refinish, or customize vehicles that have either been damaged or need a fresh new look. 

Turning a damaged or old vehicle into one that is like new requires a special mix of craftsmanship, creativity, and problem solving. Collision repair technicians master many skills: they conduct structural analysis, troubleshoot electrical and mechanical systems, weld, perform plastic repairs, and paint surfaces to restore or enhance all types of vehicles. 

Currently, the demand is high for competent and skilled technicians in the collision repair industry. In ten months, 51's Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program gives you the skills you need to enter the trade and launch a successful career. 

The program provides plenty of opportunity to work on project vehicles, under the supervision of knowledgeable instructors, who provide one-on-one feedback. You spend time building up your skills in a real auto repair shop, which was built specifically for this program and features heat, good ventilation, and leading-edge technology. You acquire the technical skills necessary to perform in any shop, while also developing the design flair that is so valued when working on custom vehicles, hot rods, and race cars.

Because you get intense, hands-on training, as soon as you graduate from the 51 Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program, you are ready to work in repair shops, car and truck dealerships, custom paint and body shops, and businesses that specialize in collision repair.

Career outlook for collision repair technicians

WorkBC reports that there is currently a shortage of qualified autobody repair technicians in British Columbia. This is a concern because there will be a need to replace a large number of technicians slated to retire in the next several years.

In addition, ICBC statistics reveal that for the last five years, the number of insured vehicles has continued to climb steadily. There is a direct link between the number of vehicles on the road and the demand for autobody repair services.

Experienced technicians may move up to supervisory positions, start their own shop, perform custom auto body or antique restorations, or work for insurance companies as vehicle damage appraisers.