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Automotive Collision Technology

STC Automotive Program


Program Content:

The Automotive Collision Technology Program prepares students for employment as automotive body repairers and refinishers to work in dealerships, body shops, or paint facilities. The job market for vehicle collision repair technicians is strong locally. It takes practice and patience to prepare the damaged area and develop the compound application, welding, and assembly skills required to properly restore vehicular bodies.

The program focuses on broad, transferable skills and emphasizes understanding and demonstration of technical and product skills; underlying principles of technology; labor and community issues; and health, safety and environmental issues as they relate to the automotive industry. The course content includes basic trade skills; refinishing skills; sheet metal repair skills; frame and unibody squaring and aligning; use of fillers; paint systems and undercoats; related welding skills; related mechanical skills; trim-hardware maintenance; glass servicing; and other miscellaneous repairs.

Students are required to wear appropriate industrial clothing and foot wear. They are also encouraged to acquire personal basic tools of the trade and to learn how to safely use and care for the equipment. SkillsUSA Inc., a career and technical organization, is part of the program reinforcing specific career and technical skills.

Program Length:

Automotive Collision Technology is a 1400 hour program. The combined program takes approximately 12 months to complete. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 7:45am–2:15pm.

Industry Certifications/State Credentials:

  • ASE Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician–B2, B3, B4 & B5
    • B2–Painting & Refinishing
    • B3–Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair
    • B4–Structural Analysis & Damage Repair
    • B5–Electrical/Mechanical Components

  • ASE Entry Level Collision:
    • Structural Analysis & Damage Repair (SR)
    • Painting & Refinishing (PR)
    • Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair (NS)
    • Mechanical and Electrical (ME)

Obtainment Time Frame: In program

Entrance/Exit Requirements:

Language, math and reading competencies are pre-assessed. The required basic skills grade levels are Reading-9, Math-9 and Language-9 and must be met prior to program completion.

Standard Occupations:

For specific occupation information, including wages, employment trends and more, visit the following links:

Automotive Body & Related Repairers

Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

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Course Sequence:


Course #

Course Title




Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Helper/Assistant

150 hrs



Automotive Collision Refinishing Technician

450 hrs



Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician

300 hrs



Damage Analysis & Estimating

75 hrs



Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting & Joining

75 hrs



Structural Damage Repair Technician

350 hrs