Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician

Automotive Refinishing Prep Technicians work on the surfaces of motor vehicles, primarily in the preparation for restoring vehicle finishes once body work has been completed and prior to painting. Some of the duties that an Automotive Refinishing Prep Technician completes include: removing layers of sub-coating; mixing undercoats; preparing metal surfaces for painting by spot filling, sanding, and masking; applying primers, and primer surfacers; and cleaning and polishing painted surfaces.


  • Good with my hands

  • Visually perceptive

Personality Traits

  • A hands-on learner

  • Focused with good attention to detail

  • Mechanically inclined

Salary range







Career Roadmap

  • 1

    Shop Helper (Entry Level Position / Optional)

  • 2

    Registered Apprenticeship (Mid Level Position)

  • 3

    Certified Auto Refinishing Prep Technician

  • 4

    Automotive Painter (Senior Level Position)

Keys to Success

  • Post-secondary training
  • Journeyman/Red Seal certification
  • Valid BC drivers license
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Exceptional organization skills
  • Effective verbal communication skills.