What you will learn
Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
- Use safety equipment to maintain a safe work environment
- Maintain tools and spray equipment to ensure top performance, safety and environmental compliance
- Use documentation to interpret vehicle information, ensure safety, environmental compliance, and work accuracy
- Plan work by performing work inspections and organizing production schedules to ensure timely workflow
- Prepare vehicle surfaces for refinishing according to sub-straight condition and manufacturers' recommendations
- Apply repair and corrosion protection materials to manufacturers' specifications
- Use equipment in the refinishing process according to manufacturers' recommendations
- Perform pre-delivery tasks to ensure vehicle is restored to pre-accident condition
- Describe the importance of and processes for journeyperson upgrading to stay abreast of future trends and technological changes
What to expect
The major portion of class time is devoted to the study of theoretical principles through lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers and field trips. Students work individually and in groups and are required to apply their developing skills to provincial standards in our collision repair facility. A segment of the program is set aside for practical student work and competency assessment. Additionally, students receive weekly homework assignments.
All students must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device.
Applicants may choose to apply to one of two tracks: (1) Foundation Program or (2) Youth Train in Trades (formerly ACE-IT) Program.
1. Foundation Program:
- English 10 or equivalent
- Apprentice & Workplace Math 10 or equivalent; or 80% on the VCC Basic Arithmetic Assessment
- Science 10 or equivalent
- Department Leader approval based on relevant trade experience will be considered.
2. Youth Train in Trades Program:
- Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district. See the ITA Youth Train in Trades Program website for details (http://youth.itabc.ca/programs/train/).
- All students must have minimum basic computer skills and access to an internet-connected computer/mobile device.
- This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
- Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
- Personal hygiene, grooming and appearance acceptable to a service industry;
- Good hand dexterity for operating equipment and machines;
- Command of oral and written English;
- Ability to understand and follow oral and written instruction;
- Good general health and respiratory condition;
- Physical strength and stamina compatible with the handling of heavy parts and equipment as required by the program;
- Ability to tolerate noise and vibration;
- Mechanical aptitude and interest;
- Good hand-eye coordination;
- Good eyesight and colour vision;
- Good line, form and depth perception;
- Possession of valid BC driver's license.
|ARPT 1140||Occupational Skills and Safety||1|
|ARPT 1170||Refinishing Tools and Equipment||1.5|
|ARPT 1180||Technical Information and Documentation||1|
|ARPT 1195||Vehicle Components and Pre-Delivery||3|
|ARPT 1160||Surface Preparation||5|
|ARPT 1190||Using Materials and Equipment||5|
|ARPT 1181||Workplace Planning and Scheduling||1|
|ARPT 1153||Shop Experience||2.5|
This guide is intended as a general guideline only. The college reserves the right to make changes as appropriate.
* This information is intended as a guideline only. Program and course details are subject to change with the approval of VCC's Board of Governors.
Fees and other costs*
|Fee description||Fee Amount||Notes|
0 - 1
0 - 2
0 - 3
0 - 4
|Materials||193||not including textbooks|
|Medical & Dental||0|
|Program-specific extra fees||0|
Applicants do not apply to VCC directly. Interested students, teachers and counselors are directed to contact the Career Program Coordinator or Administrator for their school district. See the ITA Youth Train in Trades Program website for details http://youth.itabc.ca/programs/train/.