Pennco Tech’s Automotive Body & Paint Technician training program covers a wide variety of skills through hands-on practice and demonstration. As an auto body and paint tech student, you can learn fundamentals of welding, hand and power tools, plastics, metalwork and finishing, body repairs, and glass repair and replacement.

We also help you become a more well-rounded auto body repair technician by focusing on customer service aspects such as damage estimation, billing and more.

Our auto body and paint training helps get you ready for an entry-level position with auto body shops, car dealerships, automotive auction houses and more. Auto body technicians are in demand because people make insurance claims for damage from accidents, vandalism, storms and theft.

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Learn more today about our course schedules and availability for Pennco Tech’s Automotive Technology program!

Automotive Body & Paint Technician Careers

If your passion is restoring the automotive function and aesthetics of vehicles, a role as a body and paint technician could be an ideal career path! Want to learn more about what this career path entails? Check out this post on our blog.

As an auto body and paint technician you can support a variety of duties, including:*

  • Applying new finish to restored body parts
  • Inspecting cars for structural damages
  • Preparing cost estimates
  • Reviewing damage reports
  • Repairing or patching dents, dimples and other minor body damage
  • Fitting, attaching and welding replacement parts into place
  • Sanding, buffing and priming refurbished and repaired surfaces

At Pennco Tech, you can learn the fundamentals of an automotive body and paint technician position including welding, hand and power tools, plastics, metalwork and finishing repairs, and glass repair and replacement within the classroom and with hands-on training.

Want to be a step ahead of the competition? You can also develop skills essential to the job, such as assisting in customer service areas like damage estimates and billing.

Job Outlook

The current average auto body repair technician salary depends on the area you plan to find employment. Auto body certification and formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing, and in collision repair can enhance your search for auto body tech jobs.*

Pennsylvania

  • Pennsylvania has one of the highest levels of employment in this occupation in the country. The median hourly wage was $18.82 in May 2016.
  • Annual median wage was $42,650 as of May 2016.1

New Jersey

  • The $23.11 median hourly wage as of May 2016 is higher than the national average.
  • Annual median wage was $49,460 in May 2016, higher than the national average.2

The BLS reports that the automotive body repair industry is projected to grow 9 percent in the next few years—a percentage that is faster than the national average. With an estimated employment of 184,300 nationwide by 2024, opportunities look good for job seekers with certification and formal training.3

*BLS.gov
1https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_pa.htm/
2https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_nj.htm
3https://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-body-and-glass-repairers.htm#tab-1