• Location: East Campus (Oley)
    Instructor:  John Leinbach 

    Locations: West Campus (Leesport)
    Barry Edwards

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    CIP Code: 47.0603

  • Program Entrance Recommendations:

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

    Career Pathways

    Automotive Body Technician
    Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage
    Transportation Equipment Painter
    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

  • 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.

    Industry Certifications:

    I-CAR Certification(s)
    Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling & Recovery
    Certified Emissions Inspector
    Certified Safety Inspector, Cat I
    Automotive Youth Educational Systems (AYES)
    ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF – Students will be prepared to take up to five (5) ASE certification exams after completing one year of related work experience. 
    OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification


College Advanced Credits

College advanced credits
  • Program Requirements/Costs (approximate):

    Please use the Order Supplies link for the approximate costs of the Textbooks, Tools & Supplies, and Uniforms for this program. 

    Industry certification testing fees - $100*

    * BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.