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...

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About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

Accreditation & Industry Connections

National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

The Collision Repair program is a member of the I-CAR Industry Training Alliance.

CERTIFICATION: The collision repair major is master-accredited by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation and meets the standards for Automotive Service Excellence.

Corporate Sponsors

Axalta PPG

After Graduation

Career Opportunities

Independent collision repair shop owner/operator, assistant collision repair manager, service equipment representative, insurance estimator, skilled jobs involving paint application in manufacturing or service industries, dealer service specialist.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for automotive body and related repairers was $41,540 in May 2016. The top 10 percent earned more than $70,620.

Industries with the highest published employment for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Automotive Repair and Maintenance100,210$21.61$44,950
Automobile Dealers29,690$22.19$46,160
Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers2,590$19.34$40,220
Other Motor Vehicle Dealers1,370$20.84$43,350
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing1,060$24.16$50,240

Statistics reported in May 2016

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College. Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

View general transfer information

Tools, Uniforms & Supplies

Uniforms

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

View the entire student organizations listing or Greek Life listing.

Collision Repair Advisory Committee

  • William K Berry, Collision Center Manager, Murray Motors Chevrolet
  • Mr. Evan Bieber, Manager, Collision Repair, Faulkner Collision Center of Hanover
  • Donald Gunther, Instructor, SUN Area Technical Institute
  • George Hofmann, Owner/General Manager, AutoCare USA
  • Mr. Jeremiah Hunter, Shop Manager, Quality Collision Inc.
  • Mr. Thomas Klostik, Sales Representative, DuPont Performance Coatings
  • Mr. Daniel L Maloney Jr., US & Mexico Sales Manager, H & S Autoshot, Inc.
  • 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. Dennis Schlauch, Property Claims Trainer, State Farm Insurance
  • 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.

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.

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