Collision Repair Technology

Objective of Field

Using a trained eye, a skilled hand, and a wide variety of tools, a Collision Repair Technician repairs a damaged vehicle to original showroom quality finish.


Job Duties

Students have the opportunity to operate state-of-the-art equipment, such as the Chief E-Z Liner Frame Machine and measuring system, Devilbiss Down Draft Spray Booth, HVLP Spray Guns, Computerized Estimating Software, and our Sim Spray Virtual Reality Paint Simulator.  They also gain experience with the hands-on operation of standard power and hand tools used in the industry


Planned Courses

  • Detailing vehicles
  • Welding
  • Sheet Metal Repair
  • Plastic Filler
  • Repairing Plastic
  • Preparation of Surface for Refinishing
  • Refinishing
  • Sanding and Buffing
  • Chemical Stripping
  • Uni-body set-up and measuring
  • Frame Repair
  • Estimating
  • Glass

Employment

Employment of automotive body and glass repairers is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

The growing number of vehicles in use should increase overall demand for collision repair services during the next decade. However, overall job growth will be limited because new repair technology allows fewer workers to do more work.


Job Outlook

Job opportunities should be very good for jobseekers with industry certification and formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing and in collision repair. Furthermore, demand for qualified workers with knowledge of specific technologies, materials, and makes and models of cars should create new job opportunities. Those without any training or experience will face strong competition for jobs.

The need to replace experienced repair technicians who retire, change occupations, or stop working for other reasons also will provide some job opportunities.

Entry Level

2-Year Associates Degree

4-Year Bachelor’s Degree

Auto Detailer
Estimator
Auto Glass Installer
Frame Repair Specialist
Parts Manager
Sheet Metal Repair
Refinisher
PPG Paint Mixer

Information Science and Technology
I CAR Certification
ASE Certification
Refinish Team Certification
General Shop Manager

Master I-Car
Certification Tech.
Master ASE Certified Tech.
Collision Shop Manager

 

 

How to find out more

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Additional Info

Recommendations for Success

  • Focus on detail
  • Able to follow written and oral directions
  • Tolerate noise in enclosed conditions
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Able to lift 20 pounds
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Discrimination by touch
  • Follow safety precautions
  • Good attendance/homework completion
  • Good mechanical aptitude
  • Fine motor skills