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Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician Program Details

CVTC offers a one-year Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician program that will provide hands-on auto body repair training. An automotive collision repair career presents you with daily challenges as you will see all types of damage to vehicles and need to determine everything that needs to be fixed.

You will learn the following skills:

  • Estimating
  • Frame repair
  • Mechanical systems repair
  • Plastic repair
  • Structural repair
  • Vehicle refinishing
  • Weld-on panel replacements

This program is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Services Excellence in the areas of painting and refinishing, nonstructural analysis and damage repair, and structural analysis and damage repair.

Just the Facts

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician
40 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program:
One Year

Delivery Method

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Dates

Financial Aid Eligible: Yes

Estimated Program Cost
Total Tuition, Fees & Books: $11,890

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Additional Information

Program Outcomes

Gainful Employment Data

Non-Traditional Occupation

Accreditation Information

How To Enroll

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Get a Job

60% of our Auto Collision Repair graduates get a job in the industry.

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Make More Money

Our recent Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $32,412.

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Degrees in Demand

The U.S. Department of Labor projects 80% of the jobs created in the next decade will require education beyond high school.


These are a few of the courses you will take in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician program.
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  • Welding for Auto Collision
    Students will acquire basic welding skills on light gauge metals and other materials used in the automobile industry by using oxyacetylene welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), and plastic welding.
  • Refinishing
    Students will complete paint jobs, spot repair, color blending, sanding techniques, and taping.
  • Estimating & Structural Repair
    Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to conduct an inspection and perform damage analysis, both structural and non-structural.


  • Auto Body Technician
  • Auto Detailer/Installer
  • Body Shop Manager
  • Collision Technician

Career Outlook

According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and Bureau of Workforce Information, a 5% growth is projected in auto collision positions in CVTC’s 11-county area by 2016.

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