Through the Looking Glass

Okanagan College clears up auto glass confusion

By Kate Ng

Some may consider it a pane, but understanding glass is integral in today’s collision repair industry.

British Columbia’s Okanagan College is just one entity offering an automotive glass technician apprenticeship course, providing students with work experience under a trained glass technician, while training them to handle the next generation of cars.

Total tuition for the two-year apprenticeship course sits around $270, according to the Okanagan College website, and covers learning in the areas of safety, care and use of automotive glass tools; damage assessment; removal and installation procedures; supplement restraint systems; windshield repair; template preparation and more.

Students must be registered as an apprentice with the ITA BC and must work for an employer with at least one qualified journeyperson to qualify for Okanagan’s program.

“Automotive vehicles have never been so advanced, and we need to meet the industry’s demand for technicians and that training,” said Danny Marques, an automotive collision repair instructor at Okanagan College.

A graduating apprentice brings knowledge of the latest technology to their shop, and potentially improved methodology and repair techniques.

Visit okanagan.bc.ca/automotive-glass-technician-apprenticeship to learn more.

Students must be registered as an apprentice with the ITA BC and must work for an employer with at least one qualified journeyperson to qualify for Okanagan’s program.
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