careers for the automotive and transportation industries

Auto Body Collision Estimators Training
in Surrey


Auto body collision estimators use their expertise in auto body and engine repair to calculate the cost to repair or replace vehicles when they have been damaged by collisions, fire or natural disaster.

ATC’s Auto Body Collision Estimator Program in Surrey, BC

Located near downtown, 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 Surrey.

Delivered by expert instructors, ATC’s auto estimator program 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

With training in the latest 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 Surrey

ATC graduates who are employed as auto estimators in Surrey typically take on a diverse and challenging range of job duties. These 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 estimating 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

The damage insurance market has grown in recent years, and there’s a high demand for auto body collision estimators in Surrey. In Canada, the average income for this profession is $54,000 per year. Employment opportunities for collision estimator graduates are projected to steadily increase, opening up entry-level 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. Individuals who choose to contract their services to several companies, auto dealerships and garages in Surrey can have unlimited earning potential.

Ready to launch a rewarding career as an auto body collision estimator? Enroll at ATC Surrey today!