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Automotive Collision Technology Technician

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program is to provide quality educational training designed to meet the current and future needs of the automotive collision industry.

Toward this end the following guidelines are established: assist students to choose, prepare for, enter, and be gainfully employed in the automotive field; offer a program which emphasizes sound fundamentals while responding to the needs of this particular industry; and provide courses to meet current and specific needs of the student and this industry.

Occupational Outlook

O*NET Program Details

Curriculum Framework

Program Outlook

The Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program provides students with the technical knowledge and skills 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. Students are encouraged to join SkillsUSA and eligible students may be nominated by their teachers to join the National Vocational-Technical Honor Society.

Program Content

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

Length of Program

The average length of the program is 1,400 hours, approximately 16 months, for adults if attending full time. Actual time in class is dependent upon enrollment status, whether you enroll as a full-time or part-time student, and the length of 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.

Entrance Requirements

  • Application.
    • Interview by guidance counselor.
    • Assessment in reading, math and language.
    • Must be at least 16 years old and not attending high school.
  • Fees:
    • ID $20.00
    • Application fee $15.00
    • Material fee $160.00
    • Tuition $3584.00
    • Books $210.00
    • Miscellaneous fees
      • Coveralls $50.00
      • Eye shield $3.00
      • Goggles $4.00
      • Work boots $75.00
  • Approximate total $4121.00

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.

Career Opportunities

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

O*NET lists the following occupations that the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program prepare students to enter:

49-2092.00 Electric Motor, Power Tool, and Related Repairers

49-3022.00 Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

49-9011.00 Mechanical Door Repairers

49-9043.00 Maintenance Workers, Machinery

51-9193.00 Cooling and Freezing Equipment Operators and Tenders


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The United States Department of Education requires the following information be disclosed for all educational programs that are Title IV eligible.

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in reporting year 09/10, under Institutional Characteristics, indicates the following average program costs:

Tuition & Fees: $ 3010.00/program
Room and Board:
No on campus room or board provided
Off campus, not with family: Est. $21440/16 month program
Off campus, with family: Est. $12080/16 month program
Books and Supplies: $ 200/year
Other Cost:  N/A

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