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Automotive Collision Technology Technician

Program Objective

The objective of the Automotive Collision Technology Technician program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the automotive collision industry. To accomplished this, the following guidelines are established: assist student to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the automotive collision field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; provide course to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

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Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook

The Automotive Collision Technology Technician program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills needed for employment as collision and refinishing technicians in the auto body repair industry. Instruction includes a combination of classroom theory and practical experience. This program is certified by the National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF). Students are eligible to join SkillsUSA.

Program Content

The content includes but is not limited to basic trade skills; refinishing skills; sheetmetal repair skills; frame and unibody squaring and   aligning; use of fillers; paint systems and undercoats; related welding skills; related mechanical skills; trim-hardware maintenance; glass servicing; and other miscellaneous repairs.  The course content should also include training in communication, leadership, human relations and employability skills; and safe, efficient work practices.

  • Metal Straightening and Aligning
  • Applied Body Shell Alignment Equipment
  • Body Preparation/Filling and Plastic Welding
  • Techniques of Welding/Brazing
  • Frame Alignment
  • Shop Management
  • Basic Auto Mechanics
  • Refinishing Techniques

Length of Program

The average length of this program is 1400 hours (approximately 16 months) for adults attending full- time. Actual time is dependent upon enrollment status (full-time/part-time) and the length of the time the student requires to achieve competencies. This program contains several occupational completion points designed to prepare students for various entry level jobs within this occupational area.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school
  • Application Interview by a guidance counselor
  • Fees for supplies and textbooks are required.

Entrance Dates

This program operates on an open-entry, open-exit basis.     Students may enter the program anytime during the school year.  Entrance is dependent upon space availability. Call (305) 557-1100 for more  information.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of all Occupational Completion Points (OCP’s)
  • Satisfy Basic Skills Requirements
    Mathematics 9      Language 9    Reading 9
  • No financial obligations
  • Students must complete the Clearance packet to receive program certificate.


Course Number

Course Title

Course Length



Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Helper/Assistant

150 hours



Automotive Collision Refinishing Technician

450 hours



Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician

300 hours



Damage Analysis and Estimating

75 hours



Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting and Joining

75 hours



Structural Damage Repair Technician

350 hours

Program Cost

  • In-state residents—$2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident—$10.25 per hour (Subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee
  • Material fee—Varies by program
  • Identification Card fee—$5.00 per trimester
  • Students must purchase books/kits and/or uniforms, if  applicable.

Program Hours

Monday—Friday 7:20 am—1:00 pm

Approximate Total Cost


Employment Requirements

  • Employers prefer that automotive body repair technicians  complete a program at a postsecondary institution.
  • Industry certification, Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is usually required once the person is employed.

Career Opportunities

Auto  Body  Repair  Technician,  Automotive  Glass and Door Service Technician, Interior Trim and Upholstery Technician, Automotive Frame Technician, Front End Alignment Specialist, Auto Refinishing Technician, Insurance Estimator or Adjustor, Automotive Shop Foreman/Manager/Owner, Auto Salvage Distributor.


According to the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statics the median pay for an Automotive Body Repair  Technician  was $41,600 per year or $19.87 per hour.Visit:

Job Outlook

Employment of automotive body repair  technicians  projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026.


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