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When you choose a career as an auto body repair technician, you get the opportunity to transform something that is damaged and broken into something beautiful once again. The career field of auto body repair is constantly evolving; especially as new technology emerges. Most auto body technicians receive professional training or certification, or they specialize in a certain aspect of automotive repair. 

Virginia Automotive Body Repair Technician Schools

Automotive body repair schools in Virginia offer diploma and associate degree programs. Here you will learn auto mechanics as well as auto body repair. Some schools may require a high school diploma, while others may not. Degrees can include automotive collision repair, refinishing technology, and automobile restoration. Some auto body repair technician schools in Virginia to consider include:

  • Northern Virginia Community College: This auto body repair program teaches collision repair, restoration, and internship opportunities.

  • Advanced Technology Institute: Located in Virginia Beach, this program offers training in auto body repair and restoration.

  • Danville Community College: Offers associate degrees and certification programs in auto body repair, collision repair, and refinishing.

  • Tidewater Community College: Offers training in automotive technology, including chassis systems, collision and refinishing.

What to Expect from Virginia Automotive Body Repair Programs

Most auto body repair technician schools in Virginia are diploma or certificate programs. They can range from a few months to as much as two years. The training and skills you may acquire after completion of your program includes:

  • Tools and Technology
  • Mechanics
  • Automotive Pain
  • Automotive Restoration (Including Classic Cars)
  • Chassis and Structural Repair
  • Insurance and Damage Reports
  • Automobile Pain
  • Welding
  • Paint Preparation and Techniques
  • Auto Reconstruction

A vast majority of your training will involve hands-on work in a garage setting as well as on-the-job training.

Virginia Auto Body Repair License

After you have completed training at auto body repair technician schools in Virginia, the next step would to seek employment. Licensing and certifications are not required in Virginia, but a certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence could help further your career.

If you plan to restore or work on specific makes and models of vehicles, you may be able to obtain certification through that manufacturer's program. You will need to obtain an auto repair business license through the state if you intend to open your own business, but you do not require a professional certification.

Resources for Automotive Body Repair Technicians in Virginia

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More Virginia Auto Body Repair Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Weyers Cave
Associate
4,084
Danville
Associate
4,016
Melfa
Associate
907
Richmond
Associate
12,557
Dublin
Associate
4,586
Annandale
Associate
41,266
Martinsville
Associate
2,948
Alberta
Associate
5,255
Hampton
Associate
9,368
Norfolk
Associate
25,857

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Body Repairers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Virginia. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Body Repairers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Body Repairers relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Charlottesville 60 $48,480
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford 350 $33,060
Harrisonburg 110 $40,820
Lynchburg 60 $41,760
Richmond 600 $47,020
Roanoke 130 $39,050

Sources:

  1. Automotive Body and Glass Repairers, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-body-and-glass-repairers.htm, accessed September 17, 2016
  2. Automotive Body and Related Repairers, O-Net OnLine, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3021.00, accessed September 17, 2016

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