Do you have an interest in cars and love to repair them? Then you should consider becoming an automotive body repairer. As the auto industry develops new technologies and materials such as plastics and metal alloys, well trained automotive body repairers are needed to handle these new technologies and materials. There was a time when you could make repairs on your own, however today this is not the case. You need to take your car to a body repair specialist who has the advanced training and knows what they are doing.
You’ll need a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) to get started. It helps if you have taken computer science, English and math while you were in high school. This will help train you for vocation school or your local community college. Some of these courses are also offered on line.
You can learn about automobile construction and repair through a high school ROP (Regional Occupational Program), community college or vocational school. If you didn’t take ROP in high school then your best bet is a community college or vocational school. Some vocational schools are public and others are private. They generally offer intensive training over a six to twelve month period. To find schools, do a search on the Internet or your local library for the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). Keep in mind that your local community college can offer programs that take two years to complete that will provide you with an associate’s degree.
Also, look at the automotive manufacturers as the prove certified instruction that will teach the most modern auto body repair techniques. The certified program goes under the name of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). These courses offer extensive classroom and on-the-job training at local dealerships. You be pleased to know that they offer financial assistance if you need it.
Make sure you get the best training you can because this will increase your job prospects and salary. Another thing to consider is becoming certified. The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence or ASE offers certifications and this will increase you employment prospects as well. Also keep in mind that the ASE offers a certificate for the Master Collision Repair and Refinish exam and taking this will give you a real competitive edge.
You’ll have a number of venues in which to choose for employment such as trucking companies, dealerships and repair shops. Keep in mind that technologies are advancing quickly so you will have to take continuing education to maintain your certifications.