Collision Repair Technology
Students learn to apply advanced collision repair techniques and principles in diagnosing damage and prescribing corrective work. The major emphasizes collision repair shop management, as well as the theory and skills of metal and plastic repair, MIG and plastic welding, unibody straightening, multi-component paint systems, estimating, and hazardous-material handling. Basic and advanced collision repair skills are stressed, coupled with an understanding of business principles.
Also, graduates of the program can complete the Automotive Technology Management B.S. degree via distance learning or on campus.
Graduates have a diverse set of skills and abilities that could prepare them for "green" careers focused on energy, renewable energy, and the environment. Read more...
About the curriculum
View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.
Accreditation & Industry Connections
The Collision Repair program is a member of the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance.
CERTIFICATION: The collision repair major is master certified by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation and meets the standards for Automotive Service Excellence.
List of jobs via the College Catalog.
According to the US Department of Labor*, median hourly wages of automotive body and related repairers, including incentive pay, were $18.36 in 2011. The middle 50 percent earned between $14.44 and $24.14 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $10.83, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $31.27 an hour.
Median annual earnings of automotive body and related repairers in the largest industries that employed them were:
|Industry||Employment||Hourly mean wage||Annual mean wage|
|Automotive Repair and Maintenance||92,970||$19.64||$40,850|
|Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers||2,180||$18.96||$39,440|
|Automotive Parts, Accessories, and Tire Stores||1,160||$16.39||$34,090|
*Statistics reported in May 2011
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Tools, Uniforms & Supplies
You are required to have a uniform and hard-toed shoes for lab classes. It is recommended that you purchase three uniforms.
Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store.
Clubs & Activities
- Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA)
Collision Repair Advisory Committee
Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.