Auto Body Collision Technology

Man using auto body spray painting tools to change the color of a vehicle

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Like a challenge? With the ever changing and complex vehicles of today, Collision Repair Technicians are always learning new and exciting technologies. This career has technicians working with high strength steels, plastics, aluminum, and the latest in paint technologies.

Collision Repair Technicians need to be well trained in a variety of skills from basic sheet metal repair through using computer aided laser measuring systems for straightening uni-body and full frame vehicles. As a student you will be training with a Virtual Paint System to help prepare you for spraying with today’s HVLP paint guns and water borne paints.

Do you have a passion for working with your hands, an eye for detail and are looking for an industry with high demand? Our program uses the most up to date technologies to prepare technicians for a rewarding career in the collision repair industry.

The Saint Cloud Technical and Community College’s Auto Body Collision Repair Program is certified by “NATEF,” the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. in Refinishing, Mechanical, Structural and Non-Structural Repair.  Our program is associated with the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

Skills Acquired

  • Nonstructural/ Structural Repairs
  • Refinishing
  • Welding
  • Aluminum Repair
  • Plastic Repair
  • Estimating
  • Basic Electrical and Mechanical
  • Unibody & Frame Repair

Career Choices

Types of Careers

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

Potential Employers

  • Automotive Dealer Body Shops
  • Independent Collision Facilities
  • Wholesale Supplier
  • Industry Sales Representatives
  • Insurance Companies
  • Manufacturing Plants

Projected Job Growth

10-year job growth expectation: 9%

Average State Pay

Journeyman Technician: $24.05 per hour

2016 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Wage

Clubs & Organizations

Skills USA

Accreditations & Credentials

  • NATEF accreditation (ASE)
  • ASE Student Certification
  • I-CAR Student Certification


  • PPG

Program Costs

Cost of tuition Diploma: Credits $11,471 and tools and books $4,640. 

Cost of tuition for an AAS Degree: Credits $12,707 and tools and books $5,060.

Degrees & Certificates


Students can become: I-CAR certified; Level 1 Non-Structural; Level 1 Refinish - see instructor for details.

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