Collision Repair Technology

Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)
Collision Repair Students working in lab

About this program

Learn advanced collision repair techniques in the classroom and perfect your skills on late-model vehicles in state-of-the-art labs. When accidents happen, drivers look to collision repair professionals to get their vehicles back on the road. Time is of essence and accuracy is essential. From top to bottom, you’ll explore everything there is to know about advanced repair methods. One of five colleges in the country to offer The Honda PACT Collision program, Penn College also delivers specialized training for repairing Honda and Acura vehicles. And for those who want to run the shop, management courses cover business essentials. Hands-on learning is here. A high-demand career in collision repair is just around the corner. Are you ready to take the wheel?

Graduates of this major can earn a bachelor of science degree in automotive technology management, available online or on-campus, with just four more semesters of applied technology management coursework.

Next steps...

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

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Overall Placement

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Honda PACT Collision Programs in the US

Careers

  • Independent collision repair shop owner/operator
  • Assistant collision repair manager
  • Service equipment representative
  • Insurance estimator
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)
  • Collision Estimating (ABC110)
  • Basic Refinishing (ABC125)
  • Basic Refinishing Applications (ABC129)
  • Hybrid Electric Vehicle (AMT104)
  • Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic & Air Conditioning (ABC115)
  • Electrical/Electronic & Air Conditioning Applications (ABC116)
  • Chassis Alignment, Steering & Suspension Principles (ABC127)
  • Chassis Alignment, Steering & Suspension Application (ABC128)
  • Collision Repair Welding Procedures & Applications (ABC105)
  • Collision-Related Mechanical Principles (ABC209)
  • Collision-Related Mechanical Application (ABC210)
  • Structural Repair Procedures (ABC207)
  • Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory (ABC208)
  • Collision Repair Elective (ABC)
  • Advanced Refinishing Theory (ABC226)
  • Advanced Refinishing Laboratory (ABC227)
  • Repair Procedures Fundamentals (ABC228)
  • Repair Procedures Applications (ABC229)
  • Collision Repair Operations (ABC345)

​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)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP) or
  • Core Applied Arts Perspective (AAP) or
  • Core Global & Cultural Diversity Perspective (CDP) or
  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP) or
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​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.

  • Technical Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH123) or
  • College Algebra & Trigonometry I (MTH181)
  • Information, Technology & Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical & Professional Communication (ENL201)
Featured Videos

Virtual Tour

Take a look inside the expansive collision repair and restoration training grounds at Penn College. See aspiring technicians in action. Hear from passionate faculty with real-world experience. And learn how Wildcats are perfecting their craft one hands-on lesson at a time.

Collision Repair with Shane

Working in hands-on labs with tools and equipment just like the pros use, Collision Repair student Shane McDonnell is building real-world experience. And when he’s done, he’ll walk away with structural, suspension, body, electrical, and paint skills along with two industry certifications.

Wildcat Spotlight - Colton Wartman

Get a glimpse inside the mindset of men’s soccer player and automotive major, Colton Wartman. From the pride that comes with wearing the Wildcat logo to his love of hands-on learning, you’ll learn why this student-athlete thrives on and off the field.

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

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.   

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.

Oct 5

Undergraduate Open House

Saturday, October 59 AM - 3 PM

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Nov 3

Undergraduate Open House

Sunday, November 39 AM - 3 PM

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Industry Partners

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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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Penn College Classic Cruisers

Penn College Classic Cruisers

Penn College Classic Cruisers promote interest in and preservation of antique and modified automobiles along with education, good sportsmanship, and fellowship among members. 

Student Organizations at Penn College

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

Penn College News
05.30.2024

Penn College collision repair student receives scholarship

An organization dedicated to women in the collision repair industry has awarded a scholarship to a Pennsylvania College of Technology student. Izzy S. Povod, of Palm Coast, Florida, was one of 30 individuals nationwide honored with a Women’s Industry Network Student Tuition and Conference Scholarship Award. A Dean’s List student, Povod received $2,500 toward tuition and a $500 tool grant.

04.29.2024

Collision repair students benefit from paint spray gun donation

Pennsylvania College of Technology collision repair students are benefiting from the latest contribution from the Collision Repair Education Foundation. Through CREF, the college received a 2023 Benchmark in-kind grant of an automotive paint spray gun from Fuji Spray, a leader in the spray paint industry.

04.25.2024

Ciocca donates door panel to collision repair lab

Ciocca Collision Center in Montoursville recently donated a Honda door outer panel to Penn College’s collision repair lab, and it has been put to good use. The door outer panel is a task collision repair students are required to complete in their second year in our program.

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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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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. David Andersen, '22, Recruitment & Outreach, Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships
  • Mr. Evan Bieber, '05, Manager, Collision Repair, Faulkner Collision Center of Hanover
  • Ms. Lisa Ferguson, Support Manager/Coordinator, Caliber Collision
  • Mr. Zachary Graybill, '15, Material Damage Adjuster, Erie Insruance
  • Mr. Donald Gunther, Instructor, SUN Area Technical Institute
  • Ms. Regina Hallett, Material Damage - Claim Specialist, Nationwide Insurance
  • Mr. Quinn Helm, '17, Manager, Blaise Alexander Collision
  • Mr. Ian J Hilner, '11, Collision Repair Technician, Murray Motors Collision Center
  • Mr. Jeremiah Hunter, '00, Material Damage Adjuster, Erie Insurance
  • Ms. Jody Lowe, Human Resources Recruiting & Retention, Apple Automotive Group
  • 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. Ed Pienta, Technical Representative, Colours Inc.
  • Mr. Dennis Schlauch, Automotive Collision Repair Appraiser
  • 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
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    Career Fair Connections

    Penn College graduates are in high demand. Employer participation at the Career Fair is proof. Attracting 400+ organizations, this popular event is hosted twice per year and introduces students to all types of businesses from startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

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