Auto Body Collision Technology

Auto Body Collision Technology

Why Choose This Program?

Do you cringe when a flawless car gets damaged by hail or crumpled in a collision? Then consider a degree in Auto Body Collision Technology and restore vehicles to their pristine condition.

Graduates of the Auto Body Collision Technology program have skills in straightening and restoring metal and fiberglass automobile bodies, realigning body-frame units and sheet metal, removing dents, replacing panels and glass, diagnosing collision damage and applying the latest two-stage and three-stage refinishing systems. Graduates also know how to repair high-tech plastics, repair and replace trim and brightwork, and restore corrosion protection.

This program allows graduates to choose a variety of career choices, including body technician, refinish technician, prep technician or frame technician. Graduates also work as estimators, detailers, sales representatives, insurance adjusters, and industrial painters.

The St. Cloud Technical and Community College's Auto Body Collision Technology Program is ASE Certified, and graduates are prepared for the Auto Body Repair Excellence examinations. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and our instructors are certified by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

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Skills Acquired

  • Welding
  • Plastic Repair
  • Nonstructural/ Structural Repairs
  • Estimating
  • Steering & Suspension
  • Unibody & Frame Repair

Career Choices in Auto Body Collision Technology

Types of Careers

  • Body Technician
  • Refinish Technician
  • Prep Technician
  • Frame Technician
  • Estimator
  • Detailer
  • Sales Representative
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Industrial Painter

Potential Employers

  • Automotive Dealer
  • Wholesale Supplier
  • Independent Collision Facilities
  • Insurance Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants

Projected Job Growth

10 year job growth expectation 7.2%

Average State Pay

Journeyman Technician: $24.05 per hour

Degrees & Certificates

For an extra fee a student can potentially become: I-Car certified; Level 1 Non-Structural; Level 1 Refinish and Welding.

Clubs & Organizations

Skills USA

Accreditations & Credentials

NATEF accreditation and ASE student certification

Program Costs

Cost of tuition Diploma: Credits $12,740.40, and tools and books $4,640. 

Cost of tuition for an AAS Degree: Credits $12,032.60, and tools and books $5,060.

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Contact Info

320.308.5000 or 1.800.222.1009

1540 Northway Drive
St. Cloud, MN 56303