Automotive Collision Repair


Information about this exciting field:

Accidents happen.  It’s a fact of life.  The good news is that—with the proper education, training, and diligence—Automotive Collision Repair technicians can work their magic to make vehicles of all makes, models, and vintages look like new again.  The work is rewarding.  The newer materials used in late-model vehicles, the expanded use of molded composition and plastics, and the increased use of sophisticated electronic systems add interesting challenges to the job.  The successful Automotive Collision Repair technician typically performs accurate damage identification and assessment before quality repairs are made using various tools, welding, painting, and glass replacement, as required.  The result: a properly refurbished and repaired vehicle.

Is this program for me?

Automotive Collision Repair students benefit from both classroom and hands-on training with damaged cars and trucks.  Students are taught techniques for straightening, repairing, replacing, and refinishing damaged vehicles.  Training also deals with glass and trim work that’s related to the repair and replacement of sheet metal components in addition to spot and overall refinishing of the automobile.  Our Appalachian campus houses a fully equipped body repair and painting facility.  Here are some qualities and skills that are essential for the successful Automotive Collision Repair graduate:

  • Mechanically inclined
  • Detail oriented
  • Ability to meet deadlines
Coursework includes:
  • Introduction to Auto Collision Repair
  • Fundamentals of Refinishing
  • Mechanical and Electrical Systems

Where might I find a job?

Automotive Collision Repair graduates may seek employment as body repair technicians, auto shop estimators, frame technicians, and spray painters.  Automobile and truck dealerships, equipment and parts suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, and independent shops that specialize in auto body repair and painting are all potential places of employment.

Salary Information

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Campus Location

Automotive Collision Repair courses are offered at the Appalachian Campus.


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