Working in…Automotive Body and Paint
Many young car enthusiasts leave school intending to start a career working with vehicles. The first stop is usually the local college, where courses which focus on the mechanical side car maintenance are readily available. But there is another side to working with cars, which offers a career path which can lead to a range of jobs, with good pay, travel and plenty of vacancies.
Automotive refinishing and accident repair (or vehicle body and paint) courses will teach you how to fix cars which have been in an accident. Removing dents and scratches and repainting panels to return cars to their former glory, and repainting cars with complex designs, is a specialised and in-demand skill that is taught at Chesterfield College.
Based in our purpose-built workshop, equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the body and paint courses at the college are established as some of the best in the country, the teaching team all come from the industry and pass their skills on to the next generation of highly skilled body shop technicians and paint sprayers. Former students have won gold, silver and bronze medals at World Skills events, which showcase the skills of the very best college students from across the world, and go on to have successful careers in their chosen specialism.
Current equipment includes:
- Resistance welders
- Aluminium and brazing welders
- Car-O-Tronic JIG system
- Two fully functioning spray booths
Career prospects and salary
Starting salaries in the industry range between £19,000-£20,000 per year, with average salaries at £28,000. Highly experienced technicians can command salaries of over £40,000 per year (source: EMSI career coach).
The industry currently has an ageing workforce. Over the next 2-3 years the demand for young people with the right skills to enter the industry will be extremely high. This means that job prospects for those with a qualification will be significant.
Many of our former students stay in touch with their former tutors, which allows us to proudly follow their careers in the industry. One of our former students, Mike Massey, talked to us about his journey from a student, to WorldSkills UK gold medal winner, to working for global company 3M as an applications engineer.
We have limited places available on our automotive accident repair and refinishing courses starting this September. If you are interested, please apply online now to secure your place and begin your life as a Chesterfield College student.
Most new students will start on the Level 1 course where you will learn the basics about body and paint repair principles. At Level 2, you can choose to specialise in either body or paint. At Level 3, you will develop a range of high level skills and knowledge in body or paint that will make you more employable and ready to work in the industry.
Apply online for the Level 1, 2 or 3 course.