Collision Repair Technician

Certificate
Students working on computer in lab

About this program

You’re a trouble shooter and a problem solver. You welcome challenges. And you have a love for cars and trucks. At Penn College, you can chase that passion by pursuing a Collision Repair Technician Certificate. Learn what it takes to get cars and trucks back to driving condition. Study advanced collision repair techniques and learn how to analyze damage and recommend corrective work. That’s not all. You’ll also explore theories and perfect skills in metal and plastic repair, MIG welding, unibody straightening, hazardous-material handling, and modern paint systems. 

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

Train with Late-Model Vehicles

2:1

Student-to-Project Ratio

Extensive Hands-On Program

Careers

  • Collision repair technician in a dealership 
  • Independent collision repair shop 
  • Fleet operation or self-employment 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair (ABC100)
  • Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications (ABC104)
  • Basic Refinishing (ABC125)
  • Basic Refinishing Applications (ABC129)
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (AMT104)
  • Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning (ABC115)
  • Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning Applications (ABC116)
  • Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Principles (ABC127)
  • Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Application (ABC128)
  • Collision Repair Welding (WEL105)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (SAF110)
  • Collision-Related Mechanical Principles (ABC209)
  • Collision-Related Mechanical Application (ABC210)
  • Structural Repair Procedures (ABC207)
  • Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory (ABC208)
  • Advanced Refinishing Theory (ABC226)
  • Advanced Refinishing Laboratory (ABC227)
  • Repair Procedures Fundamentals (ABC228)
  • Repair Procedures Applications (ABC229)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Science Elective (SCI)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Career Mathematics (MTH011)
  • Communications (ENL010)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
Facilities

Lab Tour

Instructor Shawn Hack will guide you through the dynamic space that’s chock full of tools and equipment. He’ll point out things like the metal fabrication area, estimating space, training bays, antique vehicles on loan from museums, and modern collision repair trainers donated by Honda.

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs
Facilities

Modern Fully-Equipped Labs

Get hands-on training with industry-standard techniques like refinishing, plastic repair, and structural and non-structural repairs.   

Student Experience

“The big thing that drew me to Penn College was the amount of time working in the lab compared to the time in the classroom. We spend 75-80% of our time in the lab doing hands-on training, working with partners and teachers. I work better with my hands. So, this hands-on learning helps me learn and grow.”

Shane McDonnell

Collision Repair Technology

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

May 26

Collision Repair & Restoration Visit Day

Wednesday, May 2611:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jun 12

Collision Repair & Restoration Visit Day

Saturday, June 1211:00 AM - 3:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 7

Collision Repair & Restoration Visit Day

Wednesday, July 79:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Jul 17

Collision Repair & Restoration Visit Day

Saturday, July 1710:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

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Study Abroad

Gain global experience

At Penn College, the world is your classroom. Soak in the global experience by taking part in our study abroad program where you’ll study in Italy’s exotic car repair shops. 

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Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Experience

The community as their classroom

Students supplement lab work with Honda field trip

Students supplement lab work with Honda field trip

Students in the collision repair program recently visited the Honda Heritage Center and Honda manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio, learning about the history of the Honda Motor Co. and its various technologies, as well as how the manufacturing process relates to their curriculum at Penn College.

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More Information

Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

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View the Collision Repair Tool List

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.

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. William K Berry, Body Shop Manager, CPR Auto Center
  • Mr. Evan Bieber, '05, Manager, Collision Repair, Faulkner Collision Center of Hanover
  • Ms. Lisa Ferguson, Support Manager/Coordinator, Caliber Collision
  • Mr. Zachary Graybill, '15, Assistant Manager, Blaise Alexander Body Shop
  • Mr. Donald Gunther, Instructor, SUN Area Technical Institute
  • Mr. Ian J Hilner, '11, Collision Repair Technician, Murray Motors Collision Center
  • Mr. George Hofmann, Center Manager, Caliber Collision Center
  • Mr. Jeremiah Hunter, '00, Material Damage Adjuster, Erie Insurance
  • Ms. Jody Lowe, Human Resources Recruiting & Retention, Apple Automotive Group
  • Mr. Daniel L Maloney Jr.
  • Mr. John Martin, Manager, Performance Learning, PPG Industries Inc.
  • Mr. Brian A Moore, CPCU, Claims Manager - Material Damage, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
  • Mr. Robert Noaker, Jr., Owner, Noaker's Auto Body LLC
  • Mr. Rusty Orelli, Owner, Orelli Supply, Inc.
  • Mr. David Pachutski, Owner, Dave's Auto Body Clinic
  • Mr. Kenneth Pastore, '16, Estimator/Technician, Town Auto Body
  • Mr. Dennis Schlauch, Automotive Collision Repair Appraiser
  • Mr. Denny Steward, Service First Inspector, State Farm Insurance
  • Mr. Ed Stroble, Owner, Stroble's Garage
  • Mr. David W Swartzlander, CEO, CPR Auto Center, LLC
  • Mr. Paul Vollman, Service Manager, Budman Auto Body
  • Mr. J. Todd Warren, Sales Representative, PPG Industries
  • Mr. Greg Wesner, General Manager, Orelli Supply, Inc.