Auto Collision Repair Technology

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Program Description

The auto collision repair field has become an increasingly complex industry. The changing design of the automobile has resulted in an increased application of ultra-sensitive high-strength steel parts and the expanded use of molded composition and plastics for exterior panels.

The increased use of sophisticated electronic systems has further mandated that repair technicians be skilled in a variety of areas outside of the actual collision repair phase. Electronics is playing a large role in the function of the vehicle and affects such areas as the brakes, suspension and steering. These areas are frequently damaged in a collision and must be dealt with in the repair of affected vehicles.

Auto collision repair student working on a car body

The repair ethics used in repairing collision-damaged vehicles have far-reaching effects as the legal system has played an expanded role in the negotiation and settling of customer claims and complaints. The Auto Collision program is certified in Automotive Service Excellence by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.

Award Options

  • Associate in Applied Science - Auto Collision Repair Technology

  • Diploma - Auto Collision Repair Technology

  • Certificate - Auto Collision Repair Technology

Auto collision repair student working on a car body

Job Outlook

Employment of automotive body repairers is expected to grow by 19 percent over the 2010-20 decade. The number of vehicles on the road is expected to continue increasing over the next decade. This will lead to overall growth in the demand for collision repair services. Median yearly wages of automotive body and related repairers, including incentive pay is $38,130. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $22,990, and the top 10 percent earned more than $64,320.

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