In late October 2002 ASRA surveyed the collision industry to determine
the extent of the technician shortage. One hundred and six shops,
representing almost three-quarters of the industry capacity responded
to the survey.
twelve shops did not need any technicians!
reported being several employees short.
shops expressed dissatisfaction with the qualifications of the employees
that they presently employ.
the following qualified workers walked into your office today and
were willing to work for you at prevailing wages, would you hire
106 shops that responded indicated they needed:
JOURNEYMAN BODY TECHNICIANS
JOURNEYMAN PAINT TECHNICIANS
APPRENTICE BODY TECHNICIANS
APPRENTICE PAINT TECHNICIANS
DETAILERS 30 ESTIMATORS 7 Other
Incredibly, 106 shops have work for 457 individuals they cannot
will continue to make sure that Insurance Claims Managers and all
levels of the Industry
aware of how critical the Body technician shortage is!
of Auto Body Prepper Craft!
has created a third craft within the Auto Body Trade: Preppers.
Auto body preppers are responsible for the restorations of anti-corrosion
treatments, substrate identification, surface preparation, undercoat
product mixing and application. Auto body preppers are involved
throughout the collision repair process, often beginning with the
application of anti-corrosion compounds while the vehicle is still
mounted on the frame repair equipment. They also remove and install
bolt-on components such as hoods, deck lids, fenders, trim, doors,
glass and interior components.
term of apprenticeship for an auto body prepper is 2 years, including
a minimum of 1600 hours of on-the-job training and 4 weeks of technical
training in the first year and 1800 hours of on-the-job training
in the second year.
applicant who previously completed courses of study or work experience
related to the Prepper branch of the trade or holds a related journeyman
certificate and has the employer's consent, may qualify for credit
that could reduce the term of apprenticeship.
high school student can become an apprentice and gain credits toward
apprenticeship training and a high school diploma at the same time
under the Registered Apprenticeship Program.
sign up your preppers, or for more information contact: Tony Lovell,
Trades Qualification Inspector in Edmonton at 780-422-6935 or Bill
Nyerod, Trades Qual. Inspector in Calgary at 403-297-6457.
BODYSHOP CHARGED-WITH USING UNLICENSED TECH
An Edmonton shop and an unlicensed person working as a bodyman were
each fined $2500 plus court costs of $500 for contempt of court when
they ignored an order to comply with the Apprenticeship and Industry
auto body and auto service trades are compulsory trades. The only
people who can do auto body or auto service work as defined by the
Auto Body Technician Trade Regulation and the Automotive Service
Technician Trade Regulation are licensed journeymen and apprentices.
The regulations also mandate a one-to-one ratio of journeymen to
Apprenticeship administers these acts. Traditionally they have focused
on making sure that shops comply with the regulation. Indeed, Apprenticeship
often goes out of their way to accommodate a shop and create a way
for them to be in compliance. Court action is rare, because of Apprenticeships
willingness to assist shops in compliance.
this case, the shop ignored numerous opportunities to end their
non-compliance. This court order indicates that shops that refuse
to get into compliance can face serious consequences.
Collision Industry Survey Results...
of the Pressure on the Collision Industry.
Victor Marciano, Executive Director
to a late edition of PARTS & Pieces, the ASRA newsletter. In
the last issue of PARTS & Pieces I asked for the industrys
assistance in conducting a survey on the number of collision shops
in Alberta. Thank you for coming through!!! I asked:
many collision shops are there in the province?" One government
me 340, another 840, still another 649, while the Internet phone
me 770 ?!?
focus for 2002 was to create the infrastructure to properly survey
the collision industry. We received a very small summer student
grant and we put Pam Jones to work assembling a complete and accurate
database of our industry. This database will be used to conduct
more thorough surveys of the industry. The long-term goal is to
develop accurate and useful information about our industry, that
ASRA members and other stakeholders can use for business planning.
I must thank the industry for their participation. ASRA identified
over 700 potential participants who were contacted by phone or fax
and asked to complete a short one-page survey. Over 450 shops answered
the survey! Thank you! This is spectacular participation and it
has provided us with some excellent data.
of August 20, 2002 there were 582 collision shops in Alberta (133
in Calgary, 126 in Edmonton, 146 in rural southern Alberta, and
177 in rural northern Alberta). Incredibly there were 84 collision
shops that had a business license or were listed in the phone book
but were no longer in business! Thats almost 13% of the industry
that had gone out of business in the previous 15 months!
following is a summary of our findings. We correlated this information
by confirming our extrapolated number of Apprentices with Alberta
Apprenticeships numbersthey matched up almost exactly!
Number of Body Shops in business in Alberta- 582
Includes 12 Boyds, 5 Herbers, 2 Concours, 2 Coachworks, 2 Peterson,
2 JD, 2 Jaehns, 2 Apex, 2 Empire, 2 Cosmos, 3 Big Rig, and 7 MAACOs,
10 pure restoration shops and all MDA bodyshops.
133 in Calgary (23%)
- 126 in Edmonton (22%)
- 146 in Southern Alberta (25%)
- 177 in Northern Alberta (30%)
- Shops which are in the phonebook or have an AMVIC license but
are out of business- 84
- Estimated total number of employees in collision industry in Alberta-
- Estimated total number of collision apprentices in province- 559
- Percentage of shops that reported that they have apprentices working
for them- 56%
- Percentage of Shops with 2 or fewer employees- 25%
- Percentage of Shops with 4 or fewer employees- 47%
- Percentage of Shops with Labour rates of 42$/hr or less- 4%
- Percentage of Shops with Labour rates of 46$/hr or less- 51%
- Percentage of Shops with Labour rates of 50$/hr or more- 13%
- Percentage of Shops <$400,000 in gross annual sales- 44%
- Percentage of Shops >$1,000,000 in gross annual sales- 24.5%
- Percentage of Shops >$1,500,000 in gross annual sales- 11%
In this PARTS & Pieces you will find a survey undertaken by
ASRA: Collision Labour Shortages. Because of our improved database
this years skills shortage survey has information from over 105
shops, a 144% increase in participation over last years 43 shops.
2003 we will focus on creating a comprehensive database of the mechanical
repair industry. "How many mechanical repair businesses are
there?" Estimates range from 1700 to +3800! "Average wage
of service technicians?" No firm answer. "Average posted
labour rates?" No firm answer. So when you get that call or
fax from the ASRA office this summer, please help out and help put
your association in a better position to help you!
Fees are Increasing for Alberta collision repair apprenticeship
meet the rising costs of providing quality technical training for
a growing number of apprentices, tuition fees for technical training
are being increased for the first time since 1999. For classes beginning
in August 2003 to July 2004, tuition fees will be $65.65 per week
($525 for 8 weeks of technical training). Fees will then increase
over the three years after that, as follows:
$81.25 per week ($650 for 8 weeks)
$96.88 per week ($775 for 8 weeks)
$112.50 per week ($900 for 8 weeks)
2006/2007, tuition fees for apprentices will be adjusted every year
by the annual average change in the Alberta consumer price index
(CPI) plus two percent. CPI is a measure of the cost of living.
The average annual change in the CPI over the last ten years has
been two percent. Apprentices, employers and institutions that deliver
apprenticeship technical training were involved in discussions on
these upcoming changes to apprenticeship tuition fees, and how they
are set. The Alberta Government and the Alberta Apprenticeship and
Industry Training Board are fully committed to offering quality
training that is accessible for all Alberta apprentices.
who can demonstrate need may qualify for grants from the Skills
Development Program of Alberta Human Resources and Employment to
help pay for tuition, books, supplies and living expenses. Grants
do NOT have to be repaid.
information about tuition fees, the new apprentice tuition fee policy,
or financial assistance for apprentices is attached, or visit www.tradesecrets.org,
or contact the local apprenticeship and industry training office.
POLICE SERVICE MEDIA ADVISORY
Calgary Police Service is seeking the media's assistance in helping
to identify the owners of recently recovered stolen automobiles
and automobile parts. The stolen items
were recovered when the Calgary Police Service's Auto Theft Unit
uncovered the largest chop shop known to be operating in Calgary
October 2, 2001, the Calgary Police Service's Auto Theft Unit executed
a search warrant on Greg's Automotive repair shop, located at 8812
- 44 Street S.E., in connection with a month long investigation
into stolen Chevrolet Cavaliers and Pontiac SunFires. "In executing
the search warrant, investigators were able to identify parts from
SunFires and one Cavalier. This is the largest chop shop uncovered
in Calgary this year," said Auto Theft Unit Acting Staff Sergeant
Ken Marchant. "The vehicles were stolen from
locations throughout Calgary and most were being completely dismantled
for parts." Numerous SunFire and Cavalier body parts and two
other vehicles of different makes were also found. Investigators,
however, cannot positively identify the owners of these vehicles
to the concerns of Calgarians, one of the Auto Theft Unit's top
priorities is identifying and targeting these types of illegal operations,"
said Marchant. "The good
news is that vehicle thefts have decreased over the last three years
and that more than 80 per cent of stolen vehicles are recovered
within 72 hours. Unfortunately, the number of
vehicles not recovered has also increased during the same time period.
This means these vehicles are being dismantled, renumbered or shipped
out of the country. In the end, this
costs the insurance industry millions of dollars, and these costs
are eventually passed down to the consumer."
John Harness, 53, and Peter David Banks, 26, are charged with possession
of stolen property.
Auto Theft Unit is asking anyone who has purchased a vehicle from
Harness or Banks since June 2001, to call Detective Bob Semple or
Detective Jim Jones of the Auto Theft
Unit at 206-8733.
investigations into the case are continuing.
Average occupational growth
Physical Requirements: Lifting between 11 & 25 kg (approximately
25 to 55 lbs)
Auto body technicians
repair and/or replace damaged motor vehicle structures, body parts,
and interior/exterior finishes. They may work primarily on structural
repairs or refinishing, or do both types of work.
auto body technicians:
prepare or review
motor vehicle repair estimate reports, use frame machines to straighten
bent frames and unitized bodies, remove badly damaged sections of
vehicles (e.g. aprons, roof and rear body panels) and weld in new
sections, work out minor damage in body panels, fenders, skirting
and sheet metal trim, and weld torn metal, cover the bumpers, windows
and trim with masking tape and paper, apply primer with a spray
gun, clean the surface and apply paint, repair and/or replace interior
components such as instrument panels, seat frame assemblies, carpets
and floorboard insulation, trim panels and mouldings, and inspect
vehicles for dimensional accuracy and test drive them to ensure
proper alignment and handling.
Auto body technicians
may specialize in making collision repairs or in refinishing, or
work in both branches of the trade.
are involved in damage appraisal, frame and unibody structural repair,
body sheet metal work, plastic repair, component replacement and
alignment. In the past, they used heavy frame machines and simple
gauges to repair heavy collision damage. Today, they rely on precise
factory specification charts and use sophisticated measuring and
repair systems to restore damaged vehicles.
structural integrity of damaged vehicles by cutting away damaged
components and welding in new or recycled replacements, ensure that
suspension and steering components are accurately aligned, ensure
that passenger protection systems function properly, remove and
install bolt-on components such as hoods, decklids, fenders, trim,
doors, glass and interior components, and verify dimensional accuracy.
specialists are involved in damage appraisal, surface preparation,
minor damage repair, masking, colour matching, priming and top coating.
apply or restore
anti-corrosion treatments (often while the vehicle is still mounted
on frame repair equipment),
identify and remove layers of sub-coatings by using abrasives or
match the complex colour formulations created by automobile manufacturers,
apply refinish products in the correct sequence, ensuring chemical
compatibility, adhesion and durability.
Auto body technicians
generally work a 40-hour, five-day week with occasional overtime
required. They work indoors in a noisy, sometimes dusty, environment.
Although most shops are well ventilated, the work involves exposure
to dust and fumes. There is always some risk of injury involved
in working with sharp or hot metals, welders and power tools. Auto
body technicians may be required to lift parts and equipment weighing
up to 25 kilograms.
Auto body technicians need the following characteristics:
- manual dexterity,
- creativity, patience and an eye for detail,
- good colour vision,
- an interest in staying current with the annual changes manufacturers
make in plastics, - - - electronics, supplemental restraints and
- good customer services skills, and
- a commitment to safe work habits.
enjoy using tools and equipment to perform tasks requiring precision,
following routine procedures, and repairing damaged auto body components.
here for BC requirements]
the Apprenticeship and Industry Training Act requires that anyone
working in this trade be a certified journeyman or a registered
apprentice. To enter the Auto Body Technician apprenticeship program,
applicants must have a minimum of Grade 10 education or equivalent
(or pass an entrance exam), and find an appropriate employer who
is willing to hire and train an apprentice. Employers generally
prefer to hire high school graduates and may select apprentices
from among their current employees.
in high school, students can begin an apprenticeship program and
earn high school credits at the same time through the Registered
Apprenticeship Program (RAP). After high school graduation, RAP
apprentices may complete their apprenticeship programs as full-time
in the apprenticeship program, the apprentice and the employer complete
an application form together and submit it to the closest Apprenticeship
and Industry Training office. Once the application is approved,
a contract is drawn up and signed by the apprentice and the employer.
The term of
apprenticeship is different for each branch of the trade.
The term for
collision is four years (four 12-month periods with a minimum of
1600 hours of employment in each of the first two periods and 1500
hours of employment in each of the third and fourth periods). In
addition to the on-the-job training, the term requires six weeks
of classroom training in the first and second periods and eight
weeks of classroom training in the third period.
The term for refinishing is three years (three 12-month periods
with a minimum of 1600 hours of employment each of the first two
periods and 1700 hours of employment in the third period). In addition
to the on-the-job training, the term requires six weeks of classroom
training in the first and second periods and four weeks of classroom
training in the third period.
The term for collision and refinishing is four years (four 12-month
periods with a minimum of 1600 hours of employment in each of the
first two periods, 1500 hours in the third period and 1700 hours
of employment in the fourth period). In addition to the on-the-job
training, the term requires six weeks of classroom training in the
first and second periods, eight weeks in the third period and four
weeks of classroom training in the fourth period.
training for the first and second periods is common for all branches
of the trade. Applicants who have successfully completed related
courses of study or work experience may be eligible for advanced
standing in the apprenticeship program.
training is arranged by Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training
and is currently being offered at the Northern Alberta Institute
of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton and the Southern Alberta Institute
of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. When apprentices attend training,
they are required to pay the applicable tuition fee and purchase
course supplies. Human Resources Development Canada may provide
employment insurance benefits to apprentices attending classroom
training. For more detailed information, contact your local Human
Resources Development Canada office.
completing the required examinations and hours of employment, an
apprentice is awarded an Alberta Journeyman Certificate. Those who
pass an approved interprovincial exam qualify for the Interprovincial
Standards Red Seal which means their trade qualifications are recognized
throughout most of Canada.
auto body technicians may take a one-year Auto Body Repair certificate
program offered by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
(NAIT) in Edmonton prior to finding employment and becoming apprentices.
The program entrance requirement is completion of English 10 or
13, Math 10 or 13 and a Grade 10 science.
Once the apprenticeship
program is completed, auto body technicians need to keep up to date
with new technologies and industry advancements. Journeyman Update
Courses are offered at technical institutes and through private
training organizations such as I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference
on Auto Collision Repair).
Auto body technicians
are employed by auto body repair shops, automobile and truck dealerships,
custom shops and sometimes by trucking companies and buslines.
auto body technicians may advance to supervisory positions, start
their own businesses or become automobile damage appraisers for
insurance companies. With additional training, they can transfer
their skills to related occupations such as sheet metal worker,
aircraft technician, motorcycle mechanic or automotive service technician.
For the foreseeable
future in Alberta, the employment outlook in this occupation is
expected to be average compared to all other occupations.
body technicians earn at least 55% of the journeyman wage in their
place of employment in the first year, 70% in the second, 80% in
the third and 90% in the fourth year. Journeyman wage rates vary,
but generally range from $16 to $22 an hour (1997 figures). Some
auto body technicians are paid on commission or flat rate so their
earnings depend on the amount of work assigned to them, and how
quickly it is completed.
and Dealers Donate $200,000 to Alberta Training Center
Canada Inc. and local Nissan and Infiniti dealers have donated $200,000
to assist the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in
building a state-of-the-art automotive technician training center.
The donation will be used to help complete the Clayton Carroll Automotive
Center, which is designed to help alleviate a critical shortage
of automotive technicians all across Canada
"The generosity from Nissan Canada and the Calgary Nissan and
Infiniti Dealers puts students, instructors and industry one step
closer to utilizing a training center designed to meet the needs
of a rapidly changing and technically based automotive industry,"
said Irene Lewis, president and CEO of SAIT.
"Their generosity is strong testimony to the value Nissan places
on continuous education and skills upgrading."
Lewis accepted a cheque from John Kalsbeek, Nissan Canada's director
of quality assurance and customer services and Lawrence Bates, president
of Stadium Nissan in Calgary.
Kalsbeek, who was an auto technician himself before joining Nissan
Canada's executive team 32 years ago, said, "Today, technology
and skills development are progressing more rapidly and in line
with the transportation needs and expectations of modern society,
be it safety, environmental, performance or entertainment.
"As automotive manufacturers and dealers, we need to partner
with institutions like SAIT that produce the best of the best in
terms of developing competencies and skills to ensure the safety
and well-being of the motoring public. We look forward to and take
pride in our long-term future in this regard."
Stadium Nissan's Lawrence Bates used a strategy that has been successful
in producing donations from other auto manufacturers. Bates, who
has been involved in SAIT fundraising for several years, first solicited
donations from the other Nissan and Infiniti dealers in Calgary,
raising $100,000, then successfully approached Nissan Canada to
match their donation.
"This new state-of-the-art automotive center is a fine example
of partnering between the auto industry and SAIT," Bates said.
"It will provide our industry with well trained, highly skilled
technicians so that we are able to meet our customers' needs now
and in the future."
As well as Stadium Nissan, Brasso Nissan, Sunridge Nissan and Hyatt
Infiniti contributed to Nissan's donation.
The automotive center is named after SAIT alumnus Clayton Carroll,
who graduated in 1940 and went on to build a highly successful paving
company in Southern Alberta. Carroll donated $1 million, the largest
donation ever from an individual SAIT alumnus, to kick off the funding
for the center.
The Clayton Carroll Automotive Center will be a state-of-the-art
automotive center equipped with the latest in diagnostic and servicing
technology. It will provide three areas of automotive service training:
apprenticeship trades allowing students to work while they learn;
full-time certificate and diploma programs; and customized training
for the transportation sector.
The Clayton Carroll Automotive Center is scheduled to open in the
fall of 2003.
(courtesy of www.autoserviceworld.com)
Group Opens 12th Alberta Collision Repair Facility
Boyd Group Inc. announced today that it has opened its 12th Alberta
collision repair facility, located in the Douglasdale Auto Centre
in Calgary. According to Pat Chassie, Boyd's regional vice president,
new collision repair facility will compliment our existing Alberta
operations and will further enhance our ability to service our insurance
company partners in the Calgary market."
combined with existing operations, this n ew facility is expected
to increase Boyd's overall annualized sales to approximately $146
million (Cdn), of which approximately 65% will be derived from U.S.
With the addition of the Douglasdale location, Boyd now operates
65 company owned and eight licensed locations in Canada and the
U.S. It is the largest operator of collision repair shops in Canada
and is among the largest in North America, a market recently estimated
to be approximately $40 billion in annual revenue.
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