Automotive Refinishing Technician

Automotive refinishing technicians prepare vehicles to be painted and then paint them. They are responsible for applying paint coats for touch-up repairs or just to satisfy a customer’s desire to change the car’s color. Automotive refinishing technicians make cosmetic repairs to vehicles and repaint them, often after a vehicle that was involved in a collision has been repaired by the collision repair technicians in the same shop.


  • Able-bodied

  • Comfortable working with machinery

  • Good with my hands

  • Resourceful

  • Visually perceptive

Personality Traits

  • Content working independently

  • Creative

  • Focused with good attention to detail

Salary range







Career Roadmap

  • 1

    Certified Auto Refinishing Prep Technician (Entry Level Position)

  • 2

    Registered Apprentice (Mid Level Position)

  • 3

    Certified Automotive Painter (Red Seal)

Keys to Success

  • Post-secondary training and certification
  • Red Seal Certification
  • Knowledge and experience with all aspects of collision repair, painting, estimating
  • Able to work Independently
  • Detail oriented
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment

Job Training

An Automotive Painter requires post-secondary technical training. The following training programs are available.

Current Openings

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