Workforce Wednesday: Careers in Auto Body Repair

It’s a career that may require little to no experience and might pay more than you’d expect. Auto body technicians can earn about $25,000 to start and up to $120,000 for seasoned journeymen, according to Alaska Process Industry Career Consortium.

Wednesday, Ryan Cropper, owner of Able Body Shop, joined Daybreak to talk about the industry. He said he’s looking to hire and you don’t need experience.

“Probably 75 percent of people we hire don’t have any auto body experience,” Cropper said. “We look more for passion, enthusiasm, someone that really wants to work and be a part of something bigger than just going to work and punching a time clock.”

Estimated Pay Range

  • Entry Level: $25,000 – $40,000
  • Mid Range: $50,000 – $80,000
  • Experienced: $80,000 – $120,000

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250
    Martha@apicc.org

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Careers in auto body repair | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11

Workforce Wednesday: Auto Tech Careers

Automotive technicians and specialists are who companies turn to when repairs are needed for fleets of vehicles. Even the Municipality of Anchorage needs them for its vehicles, as do used car lots and rental car companies. According to the Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium, there are plenty of jobs out there with decent pay.

“The pay can range depending on how much training you have had,” said APICC spokeswoman Cari-Ann Carty. “Lower entry-level positions are about $28,000 a year. Moving into more experienced and more training, $40,000 to $60,000 a year. And the operations manager’s side, that type of thing, over $100,000 a year. It can be quite lucrative.”

One of the best facilities to get training for this field in Alaska is the University of Alaska Anchorage.

UAA Training Programs

  • Automotive Technologies
  • Undergraduate Certificate: one to two years
  • Associate Degree: two to three years
  • B.S. Applied Tech Management: four to five years

Companies Hiring

  • Municipality of Anchorage
  • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
  • Alaska Transport
  • General Motors (GM) Dealers
  • Kenworth Alaska
  • Holland America Cruises

APICC Outreach Coordinator

  • Martha Peck
    (907) 770-5250
    Martha@apicc.org

For more information on employment and training, click here.

Source: Workforce Wednesday: Auto Tech Careers | KTVA Anchorage CBS 11