Friday, November 4, 2011

Learn Auto Body Repair Techniques at Centennial to Propel Your Career

Auto body apprentices, apprentice painters, service advisors, appraisal trainees and parts technicians: These are some of the titles that students of Centennial College’s Auto Body Repair Techniques program can obtain upon graduation. Housed within the college’s auto body school, the undertaking accepts students with no previous experience and instills necessary theory and practical experience, which will help them begin their careers. From entry-level jobs, professionals can move into specialized areas of the field and eventually obtain supervisor or managerial positions.

Taking 36-weeks to complete, this auto body program requires those who are interested in applying to have completed at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Also required is a compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment or equivalent. However, possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission.

Once students have gone through the application progress and been accepted into the auto body school’s Auto Body Repair Techniques, they will discover a program that provides an alternate route towards obtaining hard-to-get apprenticeship positions with courses approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The curriculum has been modelled on the apprenticeship in-school program and has been structured to allocate about 40 per cent of students’ schedule to hands-on practice time. Students learn how to repair automobile bodies and prepare them for painting. They also gain practice in welding using MIG and oxy-acetylene equipment, auto body and frame repair, refinishing procedures and related mechanical systems.

Specific course within the program include: Applied Work Practices and Procedures (students are introduced to the processes of oxygen acetylene heating, welding, cutting; personal, equipment and location welding safety as well as compression, single and twin prod welding methods); Body and Frame Repair (students are given an overview and introduction to all aspects of bumper systems as well as the fundamentals of fasteners and the techniques for removing and replacing trim and hardware); Electrical, Batteries, Cooling and Tires (introduction to the operating principles of batteries DVOM and analog meters headlight assembles tires and radiator systems); Trade Related Mathematics (provides the opportunity to review and apply mathematics for the solution of practical trade related calculations); and more.

Classes for the auto body school’s programs are taught at Centennial College’s Ashtonbee Campus, which is the largest automotive training centre in the province and houses a state-of-the-art auto body repair lab. A minimum D grade in all subjects with an overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation. Students graduate from this auto body school program with an Ontario College Certificate that is recognized by the auto industry. In addition, they may also have an opportunity for credit toward their apprenticeship requirements. Lastly, the Auto Body Repair Techniques program provides opportunities for students to find full-time positions upon graduation.

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