• Career Pathways:

    • Automotive Body Technician
    • Transportation Equipment Painter
    • Automotive Body Repairer Helper
    • Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage
    • Transportation Equipment Detailers (Cleaners of vehicles)
    • Collision Technician
    • Frame Straightener
    • Windshield/Glass Installer
    • Refinisher/Painter
    • Paint Products Representative

    Industry Certifications:

    • S/P2, Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery
    • Certified Emissions Inspector
    • Certified Safety Inspector, Cat I
    • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF
    • OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    • I-CAR Certifications

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Algebra I or Geometry
    • Problem-solving / troubleshooting skills
    • Ability to work independently and in a team
    • Hand-eye coordination
    • Mechanical aptitude


  • Auto Collision Repair Technology

    15 months, 1623 hours

  • The Automotive Collision Repair Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF) across all five recognized curriculum areas including 1) structural analysis and damage repair, 2) non-structural analysis and damage repair, 3) mechanical and electrical components, 4) plastics and adhesives, and 5) painting and refinishing. Furthermore, this NATEF approved program utilizes the industry standard I-CAR enhanced technical curriculum.

    Generally, students learn to reconstruct damaged automotive vehicles and light trucks. Students learn to examine damaged vehicles and estimate cost of repairs; remove, repair and replace body panels, accessories, grills, trim and automotive glass, and straighten unibody and conventional structures using state-of-the-art equipment and precision measuring systems.

    Refinishing processes and spray-painting techniques are taught in a controlled atmosphere downdraft spray booth according to industry standards. Students learn the proper use of power and hand tools, welding processes and techniques, and safety. Students are prepared to enter the auto body and collision industry as entry level technicians. Management, service and business ownership are career paths that many graduates successfully pursue. The program was awarded a grant from the National Collectors Foundation to introduce students to careers in antique car restoration and customization.