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Collision Repair and Refinishing

Take it from crashed to cruising with a career in automobile repair.

Build the versatile skills you need for an entry-level position in a collision repair facility and take the first step in defining your professional and entrepreneurial journey.

Through the Collision Repair and Refinishing program, you will develop the essential metalworking and painting skills you need to repair and refinish vehicles professionally.

Using our state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll learn to realign and straighten frames, shape and weld sheet metal and repair and paint vehicle panels using industry-standard equipment. You’ll also develop technical and business knowledge, build professional communication skills and learn to assess damage and estimate repair costs.

  • Program Type
    Full-time
  • Credential
    Certificate
  • Annual Intake
    Fall
  • Location
    Notre Dame Campus
  • How to Enrol
    Application required
  • Application Type
    Regular admission
  • Program Length
    1 year
  • Indigenous Pathway
    Program pathway available to Indigenous learners
  • International Program
    Open to students from around the globe

Experience a Polytechnic Education

Full-time Delivery: Something New Every Term

In this program, you’ll develop the practical skills and technical knowledge needed to repair cosmetic and structural damage professionally.

TERM 1

Explore the fundamentals of vehicle construction, build safe work skills and learn essential welding and metal forming techniques.

TERM 2

Repair, paint, refinish and reassemble individual panels and entire vehicles according to industry standards.

TERM 3

Gain work experience, meet employers and expand your professional network by completing a field placement at an automotive collision repair facility.

Employment Potential

Prepare yourself for career success

Potential Grad CAREERS

  • Motor vehicle body repair technician
  • Automotive painter
  • Auto glass technician
  • Trim and finish technician
  • Frame and alignment specialist
  • Paint preparation technician
  • Insurance claims adjuster
  • Collision repair estimator
  • Shop supervisor
  • Body repair team leader
  • Automotive detailer
  • Auto body shop owner

AFFILIATIONS AND ACCREDITATIONS

What to Expect in This Program

Get Prepared for the Future of Work

Excel with small class sizes, practical learning and experienced instructors, all focused on your success. With an employer-driven education, you won’t just be ready for a career – you’ll be prepared to stay in front of what’s ahead.

Repair and refinish autobody panels in our state-of-the-art facilities, building your confidence and expertise before entering this rewarding industry.
Unlock your potential with small classes. Take the time to explore modern facilities, collaborate with peers and get one-on-one support from instructors.
Make it look as good as new. Learn to repair and refinish vehicles using professional, industry-standard techniques.
Build practical experience using the same modern equipment as industry experts.

Graduate Success

Many Collision Repair and Refinishing graduates find employment as autobody mechanics, metal finishers, painters’ preppers and body/frame specialists, while others work as claims adjusters, collision estimators and shop supervisors. No matter your position, you’ll have the skills and confidence to make a difference in the industry.

The statistics below represent the opinions and employment statuses of this program’s recent grads. They were retrieved from the 2019-2020 RRC Polytech Graduate Satisfaction and Employment Report.

100% – CONSIDER INSTRUCTORS KNOWLEDGEABLE

RRC Polytech instructors are passionate experts with strong ties to their industries. By taking advantage of their knowledge and expertise, you’ll develop the insight and practical work experience you need to lead, succeed and innovate from day one.

86% – SATISFIED WITH RRC POLYTECH EDUCATION

Collision Repair and Refinishing students develop important experience using state-of-the-art equipment to graduate career ready. They find entry-level employment in their industry and have the skills, knowledge and attitude to expand their potential and continue their lifelong learning journey.

100% – CONSIDER PROGRAM UP TO DATE

Our programs are created in consultation with industry partners, employers and expert instructors. These professional partnerships ensure the skills you develop at RRC Polytech are up to date, aligned with industry needs and ready for future change.

“After graduating from Collision Repair and Refinishing, I successfully landed a job, completed my apprenticeship and received my Red Seal as an automotive painter.”

Sage Greenlay – Automotive Painter
Capital Ford Winnipeg

Who Should Enrol?

Turn your talents into academic success

As a Collision Repair and Refinishing student, you enjoy working with your hands and take pride in creating the best possible products. You can also plan and imagine your ideal end-product before starting a project. As a successful student, you enjoy exploring new techniques, creating practical solutions, constantly improving your abilities and persevering through challenging tasks.

Students that excel in this program often share these interests, skills and personality traits.

PERSONALITY TRAITS

  • Challenge-driven
  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • Independent
  • Logical thinker

SKILLS

  • Dependability
  • Lifelong learning
  • Multi-tasking
  • Positive attitude
  • Time management

INTERESTS

  • Auto refinishing
  • Autobody repair (restoration)
  • Welding
  • Vehicle disassembly and assembly
  • Glass repair and replacement
  • Autobody painting

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