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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

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 //
August

   Financial Aid Eligible

   Non-Traditional Occupation

Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1

$

4,492

Term 2

$

3,129

Term 3

$

1,516

Tools/Materials

$

2,633

Books

$

120

Estimated Total:  $11,890

 

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will 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.

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 Collision Repair & Refinish Technician Outcomes

Are you looking to advance your career, learn a new skill, or try something new? CVTC offers a wide variety of courses from beekeeping to leadership training and everything in between. Courses provided include for-credit and non-credit courses.

// Gainful Employment Data      // Program Outcomes

 

60%
Employed

60% of our recent Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician graduates get a job in the industry.

 

$32K
Yearly Salary

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

 

49
Regional Jobs

There are 49 job openings in the CVTC district for the Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician industry.

 

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Credits to Other Institutions

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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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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.