Automotive Refinishing Prep Technicians work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily in the preparation for restoring vehicle finishes once body work has been completed and prior to painting. Some of the duties that an Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician completes include: removing layers of sub-coating; mixing undercoats; preparing metal surfaces for painting by spot filling, sanding, and masking; applying primers, and primer surfacers; and cleaning and polishing painted surfaces.
NOTE: Apprentices holding Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician certification who wish to achieve Automotive Painter (Automotive Refinishing Technician) certification must re-register as an apprentice in the Automotive Painter (Automotive Refinishing Technician) apprenticeship program.
This program will be inactivated effective April 1, 2021 as part of the implementation of the harmonized Automotive Refinishing Technician and Auto Body and Collision Technician programs. See OPSN 2020 007 for details. Auto Refinishing Prep Technician apprentices who have not achieved the Certificate of Qualification, can contact the Apprenticeship Advisor in their region for assistance.
For more information about the harmonized Automotive Refinishing Technician program that will be implemented April 1, 2021, please see OPSN 2020 006 for details.
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