Auto Collision Repair Technology

  • Instructor  John Leinbach  |  East Campus Instructor | CIP Code  47.0603
    Instructor  Barry Edwards  |  West Campus | CIP Code  47.0603

    This 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.

    Career Pathways:

    Automotive Body Technician
    Transportation Equipment Painter
    Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage
    Detailers (Cleaners of vehicles)


    Auto Body Designer
    Auto Body Instructor
    Auto Body Shop Supervisor
    Insurance Adjuster
    Paint Products Representative
    Collision Technician
    Frame Straightener
    Windshield/Glass Installer
    Auto Body Shop Proprietor

    *Requires post-secondary training.

Auto Collision Repair Technology
  • Industry Certifications:

    I-CAR Certification(s)
    S/P2, Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery
    Certified Emissions Inspector
    Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I*
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
    *A student may take the test for Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I test; however, PennDOT holds the certificate until the student is 18 years old.

    College Advanced Credits:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology - Up to 10 credits
    Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology - Up to 12 credits
    University of Northwestern Ohio - Up to 12 credits

    Program Requirements/Costs:

    There are specific costs for text-books, tools, supplies, uniforms,  certifications; and for some pro-grams, medical and criminal clear-ances that students are obligated  to pay upon acceptance.

    Program Entrance Recommendations:

    o Reading at grade level
    o Algebra I or Geometry
    o Problem-solving/troubleshooting skills
    o Ability to work independently and in a team
    o Hand-eye coordination
    o Mechanical aptitude