by Andrien Montoya
Centennial College is home to eight schools spread out over five campuses in Ontario. The school of Transportation is one of the three schools located on the Ashtonbee campus. The campus can be found at 75 Ashtonbee Road, the main intersections are Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue. Every year, the Auto Body Repair program accepts 80 new students.
Centennial College’s Auto Body Repair program educates students on body and frame repair, workplace practices, welding, refinishing, how to use mechanical systems, health and safety in the workplace, computers, mathematics and communication. Centennial College’s Automotive Painter program teaches students how to apply shop practices, and the preparation and application of undercoats and topcoats.
In order to be accepted into the Auto Body Repair program, applicants must present an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) or equivalent, or hold mature student status (those 19 years of age or older).
Applicants must also possess Grade 12 level English (E, C, or U or the equivalent), or take the Centennial College English entry test. Applicants cannot directly apply for the Automotive Painter program. They must be employed as an apprentice prior to entering the program. If interested in applying for this program, please contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Students graduating from Centennial College’s Auto Body Repair program go on to work as auto body repair technicians, automotive painters, automotive restoration technicians, commercial vehicle body repair and painting technicians, damage repair appraisers, insurance estimators, auto body apprentices, apprentice painters, service advisors or as appraisal trainee parts technicians. Automotive Painter program graduates will be ready for careers in automotive painting, commercial vehicle body repair painting or commercial vehicle painting.
The Auto Body Repair program at Centennial College is 36 weeks long spread over three semesters. The first semester has six courses, the other two have five courses. This program starts in the fall. The Automotive Painter program at Centennial College is one semester long, and applicants can start in the fall, winter or summer. This program has four courses.