Automotive Collision Repair

An exciting, high-tech, and rewarding career.

INTRODUCTION

Automotive collision repair technicians are skilled, knowledgeable people who know how to use specialized equipment and highly technical methods to restore collision damage. They must possess the basic skills in metalworking, welding, plumbing, electrical power, air-conditioning, painting, and computer technology. Training in this program is provided by ASE certified instructors. A vocational certificate is issued upon completing this 1,400 hour program.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Collision repair technicians can work for automotive dealerships and independent repair facilities. Technicians can advance to becoming productive shop managers, shop administrators, and damage appraisers. They also find career opportunities in the marine, street rod, and custom car industry; in educational institutions; in manufacturing industries; and in the retail trade.

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Collision-Repair Technician
  • Alignment Specialist
  • Refinishing Technician
  • Damage Appraiser
  • Glass and Door Technician
  • Collision Parts Specialist
  • Frame and Unibody Repair Specialist
  • Collison Shop Foreman/Manager
  • Body Shop Owner/Operator
  • Interior Trim and Upholstery Technician

EMPLOYMENT OUTLOOK

Employment for collision repair technicians is expected to grow 6% through year 2024. Demand for qualified collision repair technicians will increase as the number of motor vehicles in operation continues to grow in line with the nation’s population.

SALARY

The average wage for Automotive Body Repair and Refinishing Technicians is $19.63 hourly, $40,830 annually.