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Collision Repair Technology

Student Painting CarCollision Repair Technology Program

This program is available to current high school students tuition free. Click to learn more.

The Collision Repair Technology Program begins by helping students understand how the automobile is built.  The program then shows the students what tools and equipment are needed to repair it.  The students will experience work on customer and student vehicles, giving them situations found in a typical collision repair shop for the hands-on experience.  The student will receive training techniques used to restore a damaged vehicle to its pre-accident condition.  This training gives the student the information needed to become a technician in this field.

Areas of Training

  • Orientation & Workplace Skills
  • Math & Communications
  • Body Shop Opportunities & Procedures
  • Understanding Automobile Construction
  • Use of Hand & Power Tools
  • Raising & Supporting Vehicles
  • Dent, Fiberglass, Rust & Plastic Repair
  • Introduction to Painting & Refinishing
  • Surface Preparation & Undercoating
  • Topcoats/Color Matching/Special Applications
  • Bumper, Grill, Headlamps, & Taillights
  • Hoods, Deck Lids, and Hatches
  • Fenders & Doors
  • On-the-Job Training (OJT or Equivalent)

Advanced Training May Include:

  • Advanced Repair Procedures
  • Front End Repair
  • Side & Rear Repair
  • Surface Preparation
  • Custom Work/Air Brushing/Additives
  • Math & Communications
  • On-the-Job Training (OJT or Equivalent)

Employment Outlook

Employment opportunities in collision repair for men and women include working for:

  • Vehicle Dealerships
  • Repair and Refinishing Shops
  • Automobile Glass Shops
  • Insurance Companies
  • Automobile Rental & Fleet Services
  • Automobile & Aircraft Manufacturing Firms
  • Automobile Glass Companies

Opportunities are not limited to those listed. Some technicians gain experience and later assume a managerial role or become self-employed.

The Job

Today is an exciting time for the men and women entering the world of collision repair.  The days when body repair meant simply banging dents out of a fender with a hammer and dolly are gone.  Today’s collision repair technician is a skilled professional with expertise in many areas such as computerized estimating, diagnostic equipment, sophisticated measuring systems, and lab management.  The collision repair technician must know how to address and use information dealing with damage estimating, repair techniques, or making a profit.  Most of all, the successful collision repair technicians must be familiar with complex automotive systems and the modern materials that go into today’s automobiles.

We live in an information age, and every successful collision repair technician must recognize the arena of high strength steel, structural glass, space age plastics, and an infinite variety of paint colors.  With this knowledge you can play a part in an industry that rewards skill, knowledge, and hard work.  Whether dealer-owned or an independent collision repair shop, no two are exactly alike.  They vary in size, layout, amount and types of equipment, or in work procedures.  However, they are all similar in methods and follow similar safety rules.

Salary

  • $11 to $14 Hour
  • Experienced Tech
    $42k per year

Jobs

  • Collision Repair
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Brake Specialist
  • Aircraft Industry

Body Shop Setting

Hands On Experience

9 Month Program

100% Program Placement