Auto Body Training

The tuition-free auto body training program at Newgate School typically lasts 14 to 18 months. Students proceed at their own pace, working on individual projects or as part of a team repairing larger problems. Our low teacher/student ratio, 1 to 6, allows for individualized instruction and extra help if English is not your native language.

Newgate's experienced instructors are skilled auto body technicians, who have the practical knowledge that could only come from many years of experience. They know first-hand what they are teaching and what their students need to learn. Throughout the training process, each student is guided toward developing responsible behavior, a strong work ethic, and the confidence needed to succeed in a career. In the words of one of our students, “Our instructors are like our uncles. They want us to succeed.”

You’ll learn basic skills that will prepare you for a variety of apprenticeships in auto body shops. You will also develop life skills and self-confidence. You will learn how to get a good job and how to keep it.

The auto body school began in 1975, and our graduates are working throughout the Twin Cities today in collision repair centers, customizing shops, restoration services, auto accessory shops, hot rod shops, and more!


  • Collision Repair Centers
  • Customizing Shops
  • Restoration Services
  • Auto Accessory Shops
  • Hot Rod Shops



  • Interior cleaning including extraction
  • Buffing & polishing
  • Inspection procedures for all vehicle fluids
  • Identifying body & mechanical problems
  • Introduction to small dent repair
  • Introduction to basic welding
  • Tire repair
  • Pin-striping

Auto Body

  • Planning sequence of repairs
  • Panel replacement &alignment; bonding procedures
  • Rubber bumper & plastic parts repairs
  • Dent repair—for metals & plastics
  • Basic electrical
  • Glass replacement
  • Welding—using wire feed & torches


  • Surface preparation & sanding
  • Taping, priming; sealers
  • Color mixing & matching; cleaners
  • Wet sand & buffing

Introduction to Frame

  • Understanding gauges & set-up
  • Basic pulling
  • Suspension & alignment
  • Understanding uni-body & framed vehicles

Safety & Environmental Procedures

Ready to apply to Newgate’s Auto Body Program? Apply here!