Monday, 19 October 2015 14:02

D&S Automotive to Implement Apprentice Program in OH for Students in Collision Repair Programs

D&S Automotive is taking steps to develop talent for the future with its Apprentice Program, which will be offered to students enrolled in auto collision repair programs at Career Centers throughout Northeast Ohio.

“Everything I learned about collision repair came from experience,” CJ Paterniti, D&S VP, said. “You learn by doing; I want to give kids that opportunity.”


The D&S apprentice program will provide hands-on training at collision repair programs in Northeast Ohio


The Apprentice Program will provide hands-on experience repairing vehicles, as well as working with professional body and paint technicians, estimators and managers.

D&S has a long-time relationship with Auburn Career Center, whose instructors said are excited for their students to find out how a professional collision center like D&S operates. D&S also plans to collaborate with other technical schools in the area for recruitment.

“An internship at D&S helps to kick start a student’s career,” Chuck Torre, Auburn’s automotive collision repair teacher, said. “D&S has opened many doors to our students and provided many opportunities for them to be successful,” he added.

Although part-time, the apprentice position will be a paid opportunity that could lead to a full-time position upon graduation. For more details and directions on how to apply, visit www.dsautomotive.com

D&S Automotive is a full-service repair facility with two locations in Mentor and Euclid. In addition to auto body repair, D&S also sells and installs automotive accessories. A third D&S repair facility will open in Chardon in fall 2015.