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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 #


Course Name




Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Helper/Assistant




Automotive Collision Refinishing Technician




Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician




Damage Analysis and Estimating




Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting & Joining




Structural Damage Repair Technician





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

What You’ll Learn

  • 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

Industry Certifications

  • ASE Certification Options:
    • Non-structural Analysis and Damage Repair
    • Painting and Refinishing
    • Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

Career Ready Skills

  • Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.
  • Apply appropriate academic and technical skills.
  • Attend to personal health and financial well-being.
  • Communicate clearly, effectively and with reason.
  • Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions.
  • Demonstrate creativity and innovation.
  • Employ valid and reliable research strategies.
  • Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.
  • Plan education and career path aligned to personal goals.
  • Use technology to enhance productivity.
  • Work productively in teams while using cultural/global competence.

Employment Opportunities

Students who complete this course can expect to earn a starting salary of $20+ per hour  (Actual wages vary according to education, experience, and certifications.)


Steps to Enroll

  1. Attend a Virtual Information Session
  2. Take the CASAS test, if applicable
  3. Obtain official transcripts, if applicable (high school, GED, college, etc.)
  4. Apply for financial aid (official transcripts required)
  5. Provide appropriate residency documents
  6. Complete application packet
  7. Pay application fee

Program Info

Automotive Collision Technology Technician Master Plan of Instruction 2024-25

Program Start Date

Program starts August 7, 2024

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