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Pre-employment Auto Body

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Open for Winter 2021

Length: 12 weeks Credential: Certificate Delivery: Full Time Classroom or Blended

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Overview

This 12-week program provides an alternative entry into the auto body industry. Students will acquire the skills to prepare a vehicle for auto body repair by removing paint finish, taping, sanding and masking.

You will learn safe auto body prep and detail practices and procedures. Hands-on practice includes substrate preparation, application of fillers and undercoats, sanding, taping and masking, installation and detail, component removal, safety and tools.

With your hands-on experience, you will be ready to work in an entry-level position in the auto body repair industry. After you become an indentured apprentice, you will complete the 1800 work hours required for your Alberta journeyperson certification as an Auto Body Prepper. Complete the remaining technical training and work hours for Auto Body Refinisher or Repairer; or combine all three areas for certification as an Auto Body Technician.

Is this the right fit for me?

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT’s programs. You must be able to read, write and understand English at a level exceeding basic conversational English to be successful in this program.

Credential

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a SAIT Certificate and may be eligible to challenge the written and practical exams for first-year Apprenticeship.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in the auto body industry and are prepared to become indentured auto body technician apprentices.  

Potential career progression includes: 

  • Auto Body Technician
  • Car Body Repairer
  • Customer Service Technician
  • Truck Body Repairer
  • Mechanic
  • Motor Vehicle Tradesperson
  • Service Technician

Related careers include: 

  • automotive manager 
  • service manager 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,186

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for winter 2021 are accepted until the program start date.
Term Program start
Winter 2021 Feb. 8, 2021

Admission Requirements

  • Winter 2021 start: applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

At least 50% in the following courses or equivalents:

  • English Language Arts 10-2
  • Math 10-3
  • One Grade 10 Science.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Pre-Employment Auto Body and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

Program outline

Course Code Course Name Credits
ABDY-213 Workplace Safety 3.0
ABDY-214 Substrate Preparation 3.0
ABDY-215 Advanced Hand Skills 1.5
ABDY-216 Components and Detailing 3.0
PRAC-282 Work Integrated Learning 1.5
Total Credits 12.0

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $6,000 $186 - - $6,186

Fees

Health Plan: N/A
Dental Plan: N/A
Student Association: N/A

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $86
Universal transit pass (UPass): N/A
Student support fee: $50
Student technology fee: $50

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* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

School of Transportation
403.284.8471
transportation.info@sait.ca

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