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Refinish technicians, also known as automotive painters or paint technicians, are trained to mix and apply paint to the surface of a vehicle and help restore it to pre-accident condition.
To learn how to paint cars, most automotive painters go through some sort of formal training and education to gain the skills they need. Attending a program at a trade school can be the best place to start for those interested in the career path.
UTI’s CRRT program features several auto body repair courses, including ones that cover how to refinish and paint vehicles:
While the CRRT program does not specifically teach car painting, students learn fundamentals and gain experience that they could apply to a career as a paint technician once they graduate.
Interested in the education and training UTI has to offer? There are two campuses currently offering the CRRT program: Long Beach, California and Houston, Texas.
UTI offers a range of support services to make attending possible, including housing assistance for those who need to relocate. We know school is an investment in your future, and we want to make the process as easy as possible!
UTI Collision Repair graduates earn recognition of their high level of training as
I-CAR ProLevel individuals and receive I-CAR certificates for:
In addition, graduates who achieve the Axalta Refinish Certification receive Refinish Technician Level 3 status to become Platinum individuals.
The skills and experience gained in our Auto Body Repair Training program can help prepare students for careers. Be proactive about your future and request info today.
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5) UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than
as a technician, such as: parts associate, service writer, fabricator, paint and paint prep, and shop owner/operator. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
10) Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
28) UTI’s Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology (CRRT) program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as collision repair technicians. Estimated annual salary shown above is for Automotive Body and Related Repairers as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for UTI graduates. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a collision repair technician, such as appraiser, estimator and inspector. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Automotive Body and Related Repairers (49-3021) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $30,400 to $34,240 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled collision repair technicians in North Carolina is $22.69 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2021 Occupational Employment and Wages, Automotive Body and Related Repairers). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $17.93 and $13.98, respectively.
44) For Automotive Body and Related Repairers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 15,200 job openings between 2021 and 2031. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2021-31, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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