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STA offers our trainees and mentors job placement in full time or part time work within thirty states across America and Canada in 842 locations under the Boyd Group. It makes us one of the largest critical skills placement providers in the automotive industry. With a growing customer base, we offer all trainees the ability to remain, or relocate to other locations, due to life or career advancement choices. We offer flexible work hours in most regions to better suit family or parenting commitments.

Career Accelerator Program (CAP)

SMART offers candidates and managers the opportunity to be micro-matched to additional  positions within the administration aspect of the business of collision repairs. Our CAP program, using our parent company Boyd’s vast network of employment opportunities offers non-suited & pending candidates the option to be placed in other roles that might be more in line with their skills set and ability.

See some of the additional Career Opportunities

• Auto Glass Technician
• Diagnostic Technician
• Estimator
• Parts Manager
• Customer Service
• Car Presenters
• Porter / General Hand

What new skills you will learn at SMART?

  • Repair Planning & Blueprinting
  • Vehicle Disassembly & Assembly
  • Plastic Welding & Heat Manipulation
  • Parts Sanding & Preparation
  • Spray Painting Primers
  • Micro Filler Application
  • Light Body & Parts Repair
  • Glue Pulling – Micro Impacts

Position Available

Specialty Micro Auto Repair Technician
Specialty Micro Auto Repair Technician 
The Gerber, via the SMART Training Academy offers the most advanced 12 week PAID training processes backed by I-CAR accredited courses learning micro auto skills such as plastic repairs, repair planning, remove & install of parts to fast track your certification as an entry level Trainee – Specialty Micro Auto Repair Technician.
No experience is required, and all training is provided on your journey during our 12-week certification program, followed by the 12 month “on the job training and upskill career progression program” During you training, you will be able to take part in various trade based, personal and basic business development short courses providing a foundation for further developing your career.
Secure a trade and a career for life, in one of the industry’s fastest growing trades!
Who we are?
The SMART Training Academy is a newly formed division of the Boyd and Gerber Collision and Glass which is one of North America’s largest collision brands under Boyd with over 850 locations, providing ongoing opportunities across all states and Canada.
We are offering full time and part time job opportunities with flexible working hours to meet employees’ life schedules and work commitment goals.
With your training, you will develop new life skills and be introduced to advancing technologies such as PC based cloud and mobile platforms, virtual reality that we use for training, 3D printing, and computer aided design (CAD).
Even though we are taking expression of interest across all states, Chicago is our launch pad, and we need ongoing trainees to kick start our initiative.
About the Job:
SMART Academy is seeking employees who are interested in long-term employment, job security and want to work for a sustainable division.
Candidates will be trained as a trainee, then certified as a technician, where they will undertake ongoing training in various Micro Collision Task listed below.
We are looking for people who are motivated, have an eye for detail, can work both independently and within a team, follow the company repair methods, and have great communication skills.
Experience in car repair, plastic, or metal welding is a bonus, however anyone with hands-on experience with cars, tools, or any kind of trade type role is welcome to apply.
Skills you will learn and be certified in:
  • Plastic Welding & Repairs
  • Vehicle disassembly and assembly
  • Repair Planning & parts tagging
  • Part sanding and preparation
  • Spray painting and texture application
  • Mobile and PC software systems
  • Management, Customer Service & Wellbeing
What you will do:
  • Physical Work: Lifting light plastic car parts and sanding parts
  • Taking parts of vehicles and tagging
  • Plastic welding using fuse welding gun and plastic rods
  • Use equipment such as sanders, air tools, hot air welders & spray guns.
  • Stand for long periods working on parts and cars
  • Use mobile/tablet to enter job numbers and part images
  • Identify plastic and part imperfections via visual & hand inspection techniques
  • May need to work independently and within a team
  • Work within a workshop environment with some noise
Gerber benefits you would expect from an industry leader, including:
  • Competitive Pay Plans -Medical, Prescription Drug, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • 401(K) Retirement Plan with Company Match
  • Short-Term Disability & Life Insurance
  • Paid Vacation & Holidays
  • Continuing Education Opportunities
  • Uniforms
Earning capacity stages:

Trainee Salary Training period of 4 to 12 weeks is based on a $17 to 19 flat rate until certified.

After certification as a “Specialty Micro Auto Repair Technician” additional bonuses or commissions could take place.

Driven to Achieve More

Promotional opportunities and further earning capacity available for those candidates who evolve their career from the Plastic repair role, into positions such as Body Technicians, Estimators or Managers.

Work Hours:

Monday to Friday – 8am to 5pm –

Additional hours can be worked based on work load and approval

For more information feel free to reach out

Mario Dimovski – Program Director [email protected]

What trainees are saying?

"Starting my career with SMART was the best decision I have ever made. I gained the confidence to better myself and developed new trade and life skills. After certification, I now have a great job working for one of the industry’s leading collision groups BOYD, and earn a great salary."


"I didn’t know what I wanted to do and came across the SMART academy, I loved the fact they provided a secure job and career for one of the largest collision companies in the world. I love that I can learn new things and I am assessed on my skill set to do the work I am suited for.
Joining the SMART academy is the best thing I could have done and now I am looking toward a
career for life."


"I came from overseas as a refugee and loved the training and access to new technology to learn, especially using the virtual reality for the spray painting classes. The trainers are so professional and take their time to explain and train you at your pace. I am enjoying my time and looking forward in growing as a Body Technician."


Interested in a secure Career with SMART as a trainee or Body Repair Coach?
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