The Collision Repair Technology program will help you develop knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the collision repair industry. You will have the opportunity to learn the proper use of tools and equipment, automobile design, drive train systems, front wheel suspension, metal straightening techniques, repair of plastic body panels, repair and replacement of moveable and stationary glass, MIG welding and body panel replacement, measuring and straightening of unibody and conventional frames, paint refinishing and color matching, final detailing and basic mechanical repairs that relate to collision work. You will learn removal and installation of electrically operated components and repair like windows, dash equipment, seats, and radios.
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- ALEKS score of 14 or higher in Math (Algebra), Writing Placement Exam score of 2 or higher, or qualify for MTHPT-103 and ENGL-101
- Enrollment priority will be based on the student’s enrollment date
- Enrollment priority will be given first to AAS degree seeking students on first-come first-serve basis as determined by their faculty advising date
- Students must hold a valid driver’s license to enroll in the Collision Repair Technology Program. If you have any questions regarding your driver's license, please contact the T&I Division Office prior to submitting your application to LC State
This program has physical requirements that may affect the student’s ability to perform in the collision repair field. These requirements can be found on the CREF (Collision Repair Education Foundation) website, Bureau of Labor Statistics website, or O-Net OnLine. Necessary aptitudes include the ability to visualize two- and three-dimensional objects and color, manual dexterity, average hand-eye coordination, ability to work in a noisy environment, ability to use math in estimating and calculating materials, and good physical condition.
Job opportunities are abundant throughout the nation. Upon graduation, students are considered advanced apprentices. There are many opportunities for employment in collision repair and other businesses, especially with the expanding technology and growth. Work may be found in collision repair facilities, auto body shops, dealership service centers, heavy truck/RV equipment refinishing, marine refinishing, aviation refinishing, and more.
- Remove, replace, and align bolt-on body panels
- Repair damaged body panels
- Prep vehicles for paint
- Mix, match, and apply paint
- Repair damaged plastic body panels
- Use MIG welder to replace welded panels
- Set up and measure frames to analyze structural damage
- Make mechanical and electrical repairs
- Detail vehicle interior and exterior