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delcastleDelcastle Technical High School

Repair automobiles by straightening, replacing, trimming, painting, and refinishing.

Program Description

Auto Body provides students with exposure and training in the major aspects of auto body repair, including replacement and repairing of body sheet metal parts, measuring and repairing of unibody and body-over-frame type cars, and preparation and application for refinishing of new and damaged sheet metal parts. Projects will provide students with hands-on experience in collision estimating, replacement of body glass, replacement or repairing of body trim parts or accessories, and the complete overall refinishing of cars. Opportunities also exist for students to be certified in estimating using the ADP software available in the Auto Body career area. This type of work requires the intelligence and skill of an artisan because these functions will never be completely replaced by a machine. Auto body and finishing technicians are typically employed in new car dealerships and independent body shops. Excellent opportunities also exist in many related fields and businesses, such as insurance companies, paint manufacturers and suppliers, and auto parts sales. Body and refinishing technicians often work with minimal supervision or assistance, which provides challenges and pride of accomplishment with each completed job.

Qualified students may test for certification through NATEF-ASE, ADP and/or I-CAR.

Employment opportunities available after high school graduation:

  • Auto Body Technician, Frame Technician, Refinish Technician, Auto Body Customizer, Used Car Renovator, Automotive Detailer, Aircraft Refinisher, Truck Body Builder.

Employment opportunities requiring 2-years of specialized training after high school:

  • Physical Damage Appraiser.