Automotive Refinishing Technician

An Automotive Refinishing Technician program teaches a student to paint and refinishe automobiles, trucks, and buses whether it's a result of a collision, restoration work or a custom-design paint job.

As an Automotive Refinishing Technicians, you will be responsible for calculating the amount of paint required for a job, mixing paint to exactly match existing colours, and blending paint to its correct thickness. Most Automotive Refinishing Technician use a spray gun to apply both the primer and final coats of paint and they're responsible for keeping up-to-date with new products and processes, and for maintaining records of materials used. This trade is a creative trade where colour matching and fine-finishing details are valuable skills. The entire program usually takes 2 years to complete.

After graduation, most Automotive Refinishing Technicians are employed at motor vehicle dealerships, body shops and automotive specialty shops.


Automotive Body and Related Repairers
Wage: $47,020
10 Year Growth Rate: 6.0%
Education Requirements:
High school diploma or equivalent
Automotive Service Technicians and Mechanics
Wage: $46,880
10 Year Growth Rate: 0.0%
Education Requirements:
Postsecondary nondegree award