Auto Body Collision Technology

Auto Body student painting

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Auto Body students will learn a variety of skills and work with new technologies to prepare for a career as a Collision Repair Technician.

You will work with high strength steels, plastics, aluminum, and the latest in paint technologies. Students train with a Virtual Paint System to prepare for spraying with today’s HVLP paint guns and water borne paints.

Expect to learn fundamental repair skills such as metal straightening, body filler application, and sanding of different substrates. Students will also experience mild and high strength steel welding using MIG welding standards set by the industry.

from Plymouth
Auto Body Collision Technology
A four-year college wasn’t really my thing. I’ve taken an interest in cars since I was a kid - I love working on cars. The progression in the job field led me to the program at SCTCC.
from San Diego, CA
Auto Body Collision Technology
I always loved working on cars, and I wanted to have the mechanical abilities. I’ve got family members who are into working on fast muscle cars, and this is where I want to be.

Skills Acquired

  • Nonstructural/ Structural Repairs
  • Refinishing
  • Welding
  • Aluminum Repair
  • Plastic Repair
  • Estimating
  • Basic Electrical and Mechanical
  • Unibody & Frame Repair
2017 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Pay

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

Where Grads Work

  • Miller Auto Body
  • Buffalo Collision
  • Jeff's Body Shop
  • St. Cloud Collision Center
  • Granite Falls Coating
  • D & B Autobody
  • County of Stearns 
  • CMS Autobody

Accreditations & Credentials

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


  • PPG

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Auto Body video
360º Virtual Tour

Length: 2:51

Info Sessions

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Contact Us

Dale DeRung
(320) 308-5742

Program Costs

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect additional costs for tools and books.

Program Scholarship

Grainger Tools: Apply for this scholarship through the SCTCC Foundation

Automotive Scholarship Central: Scholarships from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and more than 30 additional organizations and donors. More info & apply online

Collision Education Foundation: Scholasrhips for veteran collision repair students and family members of military veterans. More info & apply online

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA): Scholarship awards range from $2,000 - $3,000. More info & apply online

Apply just once and students are considered for all eligible scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

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Clubs & Organizations

Skills USA

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA helps each student excel and provides educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education (CTE) in the nation’s classrooms.

SCTCC Student Clubs

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