'The training at OC goes above and beyond, teaching modern techniques on state-of-the-arts tools and equipment.'
Q: Why did you choose a career in Collision Repair?
A: I’ve grown up around the industry, my father’s been a technician for 30 years but has worked for Craftsman for over 20 years. My uncle also has 20+ years experience as an automotive painter and now works as a Red Seal Automotive Collision Technician for Craftsman as well.
Q: How did your training with OC help prepare you for your current role? What is your current position?
A: Currently, I am working as a Level 2 Collision Repair Technician. This summer, I will be returning to OC to complete my Level 3 technical training.
The training at OC goes above and beyond, teaching modern techniques on state-of-the-arts tools and equipment. Some technicians and shops still use old school equipment so it’s great that I’ve been able to use the skills I learned at OC to suggest new ways of doing something or a new tool that could make the job more efficient.
Q: What is something you learned in the Collision Repair program that has helped you in your career today?
A: I would say, working with metal. In the entry-level training program, I learned different ways that metal moves and how to shape it correctly. There is a lot to consider with making a repair on metal (cutting applications, welding techniques, distribution of heat, etc.). I have learned that most shops expect you to know how to do metal working as it’s a large portion of the business.
Q: What are your career goals?
A: My first goal is to complete the I-CAR courses. These professional development courses help current collision repair technicians maintain high levels of role-relevant training. I’m excited because I’m close to being done it!
My long-term goal is to be Red Seal certified and working in a specialty shop or high-performance shop.
Q: What is your favourite part of your job?
A: I really enjoy the troubleshooting aspect of the job. We have to figure out how to make aftermarket pieces work and the problem solving is great.
Q: What is the benefit of an apprenticeship or working while you learn?
A: It’s the help that you get from experienced Red Seal Journeypeople. If you don’t know how to do something, they’ll help you figure it out. Overall, the people I have worked with so far have really helped me learn. No matter what I’m asking about, they’re there to help.
Entry Level Automotive Collision and Refinishing Program
This 36-week (1080 hour) program has been designed to take a student with little or no previous experience in the automotive collision repair trades and supply them with the necessary skills to seek employment in this industry as an apprentice. Courses in this program follow the Industry training authority's automotive Collision and Refinishing common core level 1 and will introduce students to the many aspects of the automotive collision repair trades with a focus on developing practical skills.
Collision Repair Department
Collision repair programs focus on attention to detail and the importance of a quality repair. With the guidance of Okanagan College's Red Seal certified instructors, students gain practical experience with the latest equipment and increase confidence with an industry work placement included in the entry level training program.