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Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician Overview

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.

Career Opportunities

Auto Body Technician

Auto Detailer/Installer

Body Shop Manager

Collision Technician

Combination Technician

Refinish Technician

Graduate Employers

Markquart Motors

Quality Auto Body

Trubilt Collision Center

Just the Facts

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician
40 Credit Technical Diploma

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One Year

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Eau Claire

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Financial Aid Eligible


Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $10,584

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician program.

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.

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 Collision Repair & Refinish Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

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67% of our recent Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician graduates got a job in the industry.


Yearly Salary

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician professionals make an average starting salary of $41,414.


Regional Jobs

There are 30 job openings in the CVTC district for the Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician industry.


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

* This wage is not specific to CVTC graduates. Wage estimates are based on entry-level positions and are gathered from Lightcast which is an economic modeling software that blends historical and projected industry and occupation trends within CVTC's 11-county district. Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey.

Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

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Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The ASE Education Foundation strives to uphold quality and excellence in automotive service. It accredits qualified educational programs in schools (secondary and post-secondary) through its 5-Step Process, and offers student career development. Visit accreditation website.