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D&S Receives National Recognition for Apprentice Program

D&S Automotive recently announced the implementation of an Apprentice Program for aspiring auto body repair professionals in Northeast Ohio. The story, which can be read in full below, was picked up by both Fender Bender and Autobody NewsIMG_20131015_094239_653

D&S Automotive To Implement Apprentice Program

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 Vice President, said. “You learn by doing; I want to give kids that opportunity.”

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 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, please visit

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.


Our Apprentice Program has evolved over the years! Check out our current program details here.

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