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Automotive Collision Technology Technician

Breathe life into mangled vehicles by restoring them to pristine condition! Assess, estimate, repair, and refinish a wide range of vehicles using current welding, sanding, and painting techniques. Operate the same advanced equipment as automotive professionals. The Automotive Collision Technology Technician program prepares students to earn ASE certification in the Refinishing B-2 test.

This program offers classroom and shop experiences in all phases of the repair of damaged auto bodies, fenders, and frames. Skills are developed in metal welding and cutting, straightening, filing, grinding, and sanding for concealment of imperfections. Painting and replacement of auto body parts and components are taught. Instruction also includes use of parts and repair manuals, price lists, and flat rate manuals for estimating and pricing repairs to customers. Recordkeeping, shop safety, housekeeping, and employability are related skills covered in the program.

Laboratory activities are an integral part of this program. The tools, materials, and processes used in this laboratory are similar to those used in industry.

The following table illustrates the program structure:

Course # OCP Course Name Hours
ARR0140 A Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Helper/Assistant 150
ARR0141 A Automotive Collision Refinishing Technician 450
ARR0312 B Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician 300
ARR0022 C Damage Analysis and Estimating 75
ARR0112 D Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting & Joining 75
ARR0295 E Structural Damage Repair Technician 350
    TOTAL HOURS 1400

Program starts August 10, 2018



1,400 hours
Approximately 13 months
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The mission of the Automotive Collision Technology Technician program is to prepare students for employment in the automotive collision repair and refinishing field. It is also designed to assist those students who wish to update present skills and cross-train in other automotive areas. The program focuses on student and industry needs, and training is constantly updated by the instructor and program advisory committee to keep current with technological changes.

  • Introduction to Collision and Body Repair
  • Outer Body Panels and Construction
  • Automotive Welding
  • Estimating
  • Unibody and Frame Straightening
  • Employability Skills
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Surface Preparation of Vehicles
  • Preparation and Metal Finishing
  • Plastics and S.M.C. Repair
  • Spray Equipment and Automotive Painting


ASE Certification - Refinishing

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$14+ per hour

 According to O'Net Online, jobs for automotive body and related repairers will grow 25% in Florida between 2014 - 2024.

Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend an Information Session (Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. [when school is in session])
  2. Meet with an admissions specialist
  3. Take the TABE test, if applicable
  4. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  5. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  6. Provide appropriate residency documents
  7. Complete application packet
  8. Pay application fee


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