Collision Repair

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Collision Repair Technology gives you the skills needed to repair damage resulting from everyday vehicle collisions. Collision Repair Technicians, straighten bent bodies, remove dents, replace crumpled parts that cannot be repaired, fabricated new parts, and paint vehicles. You generally will work in a groups to complete the repairs, with direction from the instructor. You also have the ability to become an apprentice to assist experienced technician’s at dealerships or family owned shops.
Today’s auto body technicians must be trained in the construction of the automobile body and frame. Automobile production uses materials and manufacturing techniques that demand that the auto body repair technician be competent in metalworking, welding, uni ‐body construction, surface preparation, High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP)painting and accurate repair estimating. Students use safe and modern repair equipment in all phases of their training.
Median annual wages of Automotive Body and Glass Repairers were $39,880 in 2015Bureau of Labor Statistics
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Courses of Study

• Dent Repair/Removal
• Collision Related Detailing
• Replacement of Body and Trim
• Refinishing/Painting
• Structural Repair, Basic
• Mechanical Repair, Basic
• Estimating/ I‐Car
• Welding Procedures with MIG
• Diagnosing Collision Damage
• Corrosion Protection
• Vehicle Surface Protection
• Sheet Metal Alignment
• Fabrication

Career Paths

• Collision Repair Technician
• Automotive Painter
• Body Shop Insurance Adjuster
• Automotive Detailer
• Auto Body Technician
• Customer Painter
• Automotive Assembly
• Automotive Glass Worker
• Automotive Parts Clerk
• Frame Specialist
• Hot Rod Builder
• Fabricator
• Welder
• Paint-less Dent Repairer
• Wheel Repair Specialist

Employment of automotive body and glass repairers is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be very good for job-seekers with industry certification and formal training in automotive body and glass repair.
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Certifications

• NATEF
• PA State Inspection
• Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.)

Articulated Credits for High School Students
• Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology
• Pennsylvania College of Technology

Post-Secondary Opportunities

• Operating Engineers Local 66
• Penn Tech
• Universal Technical Institute
• Wyo Tech
• Ohio Technical College
• Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology

*Gainful Employment Disclosure for Adult Students