Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (metal and paint)


$25,710 - $62,400



At a glance

Motor vehicle body repairers restore the structural integrity of damaged vehicles by straightening frames, fixing minor body damage, removing badly damaged sections, and priming and painting all repaired surfaces. As a motor vehicle body repairer, you will also repair and/or replace vehicle glass and interior and exterior components of the vehicle. Duties also include verifying dimensional accuracy, system functions, passenger protection, proper alignment, and proper handling.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • Autobody repair shops
  • Auto dealerships
  • Specialty automobile shops
  • Public transit systems

Other conditions: N/A

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then a career as a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer may be right for you!

  • Do you have good communication skills?
  • Do you have strong analytical skills?
  • Are you physically flexible?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profiles for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Motor Vehicle Body Repairer.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba


For more information on apprenticeship wages, visit


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Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

Program Length (Minimum Years)

4 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1,800 hours L2: 1,800 hours L3: 1,800 hours L4: 1,800 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 7 weeks Y2: 7 weeks Y3: 7 weeks Y4: 6 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

10,800 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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