Regal Repairer: How Tristan Johnson-England blends beauty pageants with auto repair

When Tristan Johnson-England was 10 years old, she fell in love with automotive painting and repair. Once old enough, she headed to Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Regina to finally study collision repair, where she later completed the first and second levels of her work placement. But auto repair isn’t Tristan’s only passion — she’s also a […]

STANDING TALL: A bright future awaits those who dare to dream

BY LINDSEY COOKE If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the year I have spent writing for Bodyworx Professional, it is that if you’re passionate about something, no one can take it away from you. Plenty of up-and-coming repairers in training have been told not to pursue a career in the trades. “Go […]

Primed & Ready

AUTO PAINTING AMBITIONS ACHIEVED BY JORDAN ARSENEAULT Amanda Greke has never been one to back down from adversity. Like many women in maledominated professions, Amanda’s journey to becoming an automotive painter didn’t come without its bumps in the road. “When I first started my career it was a bit of a challenge to gain respect […]

SO YOU WANT TO BE A PAINTER?

Five tips on how to succeed as an automotive painter BY JOSH DOBSON OK, you’ve been sweeping the shop for about a year now. You’ve seen what everybody does around the shop and know what you want to do for a career. You want to be a painter. You want to make vehicles shine. Well, […]

CHANGE IS FAST AND FURIOUS

Take control of your professional destiny with the 2019 Training Directory BY CINDY MACDONALD Not long ago, electric vehicles were curiosities and self-driving cars were the stuff of science fiction. But the pace of change in the modern automotive world is furious. Repair technicians, estimators and even customer service personnel must keep up with changing […]

Thinking Outside The Box

WORKING TOWARD A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE BY JORDAN ARSENEAULT Michele Morrison’s work as a recycler doesn’t end when she leaves the office. “My family considers me a little obsessed with recycling,” said Morrison. “I’m always looking for environmentally responsible options for disposing of materials around our home.” Morrison, who began working for SGI in 1997, became […]

Michael Macaluso: Mapping Future Success

BY JORDAN ARSENEAULT Bodyworx Professional caught up with CARSTAR president Michael Macaluso to discuss a number of industry-related topics, including market consolidation and the impact it will have on independent shop owners. What options do independents have in a consolidated market? Independents basically have three choices, they can sell, try to go in alone—which we […]

Driven to Succeed

SHE MAY BE THE ONLY GIRL IN CLASS, BUT CENTENNIAL STUDENT ALEX CREAL NEVER FEELS OUT OF PLACE ON THE SHOP FLOOR BY LINDSEY COOKE It is a truth self-evident that women are underrepresented in Canada’s trades. According to Stats Canada, women aged 25 to 34 make up just three percent of the workforce. For […]

Assuring Opportunity

Building a rewarding career with Assured When it comes to fixing cars, automotive apprentice Jeffrey Furtado has never lacked motivation. “When I was in elementary school I would go to my cousin’s bodyshop to help take apart cars,” said Furtado. “People used to be shocked by the speed I would work at—I would attack anything […]

PREPPED FOR SUCCESS

AUTO PAINTER JOSH DOBSON’S ADVICE FOR ASPIRING TECHNICIANS BY JORDAN ARSENEAULT With more than 2,500 followers on his auto painting-themed Instagram account, Fix Auto Stratford’s refinish technician Josh Dobson is something of a flag-bearer for the industry. Collision Repair recently caught up with Dobson to talk about training in the industry, as well as what […]