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Auto Body Estimators Training in Toronto

Auto Body Technician Training

When a vehicle is damaged from a collision, fire or natural disaster, auto body collision estimators are the professionals who measure the extent of the damage. They have training in auto body and engine repair, and use this expertise to calculate the cost to repair or replace the vehicle.

ATC’s Toronto Auto Body Collision Estimator Program

Automotive Training Center (ATC) offers comprehensive training on the fundamentals of collision damage repair and damage estimating to students preparing for careers as auto body collision estimators in Toronto. ATC ‘s state of the art facility is located in the heart of Etobicoke, on Norseman near Islington.

ATC’s auto estimator program is delivered by expert instructors and encompasses the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Automotive Industry and Employment Skills
  • Material damage procedures
  • Vehicle construction
  • Damage analysis
  • Estimating principles
  • Mitchell flat rate estimating
  • Basic paint estimating
  • Review of body shop operations
  • Preparing estimates
  • Introduction to automated estimating
  • Introduction to Audatex Estimating

Using interactive media and industry standard software, students will learn how to prepare hand written or computerized damage reports.

Job Description and Projected Demand for Auto Body Collision Estimators in Toronto

In Toronto, graduates who are gainfully employed as auto estimators typically have a wide range of duties, which include:

  • Inspecting vehicles to determine the amount of structural, body, mechanical or interior damage using mechanical testing devices, questioning customers about the vehicle or by visual inspection
  • Calculating cost of labor and parts to fix or replace each affected item and estimate the salvage value of the total vehicle loss
  • Analyzing repair cost estimates
  • Consulting with a collision repair manager or foreman
  • Reviewing cost effectiveness of repair versus replacement of parts or vehicle
  • Determining fees associated with repainting
  • Filling out insurance claim forms to indicate repair or replacement cost estimates and recommendations
  • Determining feasibility of repair versus pre-accident market value
  • Preparing work orders

Due to growth of the damage insurance market, auto body collision estimators are currently in high demand in Toronto. In Canada, the average annual income for this profession is $54,000. Employment opportunities in this field are projected to increase, and a growing number of employers will be looking to fill collision estimator positions in:

  • New Car Dealerships
  • Pre-owned car dealerships
  • Garages
  • Automotive collision repair facilities
  • Insurance companies
  • Fleet and rental outlets

Students who earn an auto body collision estimator diploma from ATC are also qualified to work independently. Those who choose to contract their services to various companies, auto dealerships and garages can have unlimited earning potential.

Launch your career as an auto body collision estimator by enrolling at ATC Toronto today!