Vehicle Body

Vehicle Body

Do you appreciate a good looking body? Would you like a hands-on career where you can combine your love of cars with a qualification and varied employment opportunities?

Our vehicle body courses will give you the skills and knowledge to work as a panel beater, spray painter or glazier in the automotive industry. Our courses start at pre-apprenticeship level which lead to apprenticeships and traineeships, as well some post-trade courses.

Latest skills and technologies

As a student, you’ll learn the basics right through to emerging technologies, working on donated projects as well as cars for real clients. Our specially designed paint and panel workshop includes a state-of-the-art virtual paint room where you perfect your skills prior to the real thing.

Career outcomes  

Salary range

Vehicle painter $37,174 - $73,462
Panel beater $34,134 - $77,600

Source: Criteria based on Australian occupations AUD. Updated 21 May 2018.
Note: salaries are a guide only, and are dependent on a range of factors including your experience, employer, and location.

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Profiles and Testimonials

"I am currently a third year spray painting apprentice at McHarry's Bus Lines in Geelong. I first started working at McHarrys as a School-based apprentice, which allowed me to complete my Year 11 and 12 and receive my VCAL certificate. 

I work with lots of apprentices at The Gordon so I am always making new friends and learning new things from them. I'm also learning how to do jobs with the latest in technology, tools and paint products.

I have always loved spray painting and airbrushing. I have a love for cars and spend a lot of time at various car show and always have admired the effort and end result on cars that have had paint work done. I would like to manage or own a custom shop one day.”

Matisse Kirakosian
Certificate III in Automotive Refinishing Technology

Employer testimonial

“We’ve always worked with The Gordon – I would say for as long as The Gordon has accepted apprentices. The best thing about The Gordon’s apprenticeship training is the interaction it allows. I’m able to come down while the apprentices are having their theory days, to see what they’re doing and what they’re learning and I can speak with the teachers if I like.

The Gordon is also very flexible and understands our business. They know the way we work and respond to our needs, for example we sometimes have weeks when our apprentices are supposed to be at TAFE, but because of staff shortages, we have to change the dates. They’re switched on and happy to work around us.”

Rob Soldani
Soldani Brothers, North Geelong
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Industry and Corporate Training

If you would like to book training for your organisation, please contact 5225 0800 to discuss your requirements.

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About The Gordon

The Gordon Institute of TAFE is one of the largest regional TAFEs in Victoria and has been helping people gain real skills for real jobs for over 125 years. We pride ourselves on delivering a great range of TAFE courses from short courses to nationally accredited training across apprenticeships, traineeships, certificates, diplomas, and advanced diplomas, which can lead you to a great career or create pathways to university.

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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