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A Vehicle Damage Paint Technician works in the vehicle body repair sector of the motor industry. The role is to prepare, spray and finish vehicles that have been involved in collisions and other incidents in an efficient manner. The vehicles can include Cars/Light Commercial Vehicles. This includes ensuring correct colour match and final finish to the company and customers exacting standards. This is usually within a collision repair workshop or smart repair workshops/mobile repair micro business & working alongside another fully qualified Paint Technician.

Their role includes repair, surface preparation and painting to the manufacturer paint specification. A technician is able to follow defined processes to restore the vehicle to a high-quality paint finish.

  • What will I study?

    In this apprenticeship you will be required to cover the following core skills, knowledge and behaviours:

    Knowledge:

    • Expert working knowledge & understanding of Automotive refinishing materials such as paint and fillers and their application techniques to deliver quality results

    • Drying and curing techniques use in the finishing of vehicles

    • Body Paint Repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g. mixing systems, spray guns and nozzles, paint

    • Substrates such as metal (Steel/Alloy) along with carbon fibre & glass reinforced plastic to select the correct refinish process and materials

    • Safe handling and risks in the management of solvents, high voltage components, conventional and alternate fuelled vehicles and other areas of significant risk

    • Health & Safety and compliance requirements of a collision repair business, such as control of substances. Skills
    • Ability to undertake appropriate job preparation prior to commencing repair e.g. substrate surface preparation, paint volume calculation etc.

    • Ability to correctly identify the substrate materials to be refinished e.g. plastic, steel, aluminium etc.

    • Ability to interpret relevant technical data and methods to create paint manufactures specified application.

    • Ability to use refinishing materials following paint manufacturer specifications to reinstate vehicle finish back to high quality

    • Ability to identify and operate the correct repair tools, equipment and devices used in the process e.g mixing systems, paint booths, UV lamps and spray equipment. Behaviours
    • Use all the knowledge and skills developed to carry out tasks in a safe and efficient manner, complying with all business operating procedures and policies

    • Operate as an effective team member and take responsibility, be honest and accountable when things go wrong, tracking their own progress and informing others if deadlines are at risk

    • Proactively find opportunities to learn about the wider business.

    • Commitment to customer service and meeting deadlines by being flexible with their time and willingness to take on tasks outside of their job role to ensure goals are met

    • Take responsibility for personal and professional development, keeping knowledge and skills up to date with emerging technology to perform the role effectively

    • Effectively communicate with customers and colleagues.
  • Who is this course for?

    This course is ideal if you have an interest in cars and repairing and replenishing the vehicle.

    An apprenticeship is ideal if you want to;

    • Achieve a qualification
    • Gain valuable work experience and career development
    • Earn while you learn
  • How is the course assessed?
    • Block release 1 week
    • Develop a portfolio of evidence
    • Assessments in the work place
    • 3 off sites visits
    • To complete your apprenticeship you will have to pass an end point assessment
  • General info

    All materials needed for the course are fully provided by Northampton College.

  • Progression and Career Opportunities

    After successful completion of this course you could progress your career within the footwear industry or onto a higher level qualification.

  • Entry Requirements for new students

    Applicants will typically hold:

    • 4 x GCSEs grade 9-3
    • Equivalent L2 qualifications appropriate to the apprenticeship
    • Initial assessment (BKSB and free-writing) will demonstrate the applicant is working at Level 1 for English and mathematics
    • In the absence of the above, a professional discussion may be offered to confirm suitability for the programme and likelihood to achieve.

    *All applicants will be invited for interview with an apprenticeship advisor and the employer

    • Equivalent qualifications will be considered.
    • In exceptional circumstances, applications which do not meet the formal entry criteria may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Admissions Process

    Be prepared to sit English and maths assessments. You will need to bring copies of your certificates for any qualifications already achieved A copy of your CV or application The interview process will include an informal advice and guidance session with one of our apprenticeship advisors in preparation for a formal interview with an employer (subject to suitability for the course and job)