Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician

Experience a real world experience

If you love cars and are seeking a career that offers challenging work, provides abundant opportunities for growth and advancement, and rewards hard work and dedication, think seriously about the auto collision industry. Pursuing a career in the collision industry can take your interests and talents to the next level by developing highly sought-after skills. There has never been a better time to consider a career in an industry with such excellent growth potential. Jobs in the collision industry will never be outsourced, and this job saves lives by returning safe and properly repaired vehicles to the road.

Career Area
Transportation, Distribution and Logistics
Technical Diploma
Program Number
  • Technical Diploma
  • 2 Terms 
  • 33 Credits
  • Financial Aid Eligible
  • Flexible Start Dates

Fall 2023 CBE Schedule
Spring 2024 CBE Schedule

CBE On Campus: Flexible lab/class instruction as you complete assessments at a personalized pace.

Career Outlook

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician

Median Income: $42,744.00*


(Click a title for job description)

Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.


Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.


Set up, operate, or tend spraying or rolling machines to coat or paint any of a wide variety of products, including glassware, cloth, ceramics, metal, plastic, paper, or wood, with lacquer, silver, copper, rubber, varnish, glaze, enamel, oil, or rust-proofing materials. Includes painters of transportation vehicles such as painters in auto body repair facilities.


Appraise automobile or other vehicle damage to determine repair costs for insurance claim settlement. Prepare insurance forms to indicate repair cost or cost estimates and recommendations. May seek agreement with automotive repair shop on repair costs.



*Lightcast/EMSI data is a hybrid dataset derived from official government sources such as the US Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. This salary data is from the Lakeshore District.


Work with Admissions Advisor to:

  • Submit Application
  • Complete the Student Success Questionnaire.
  • Schedule your First Time Program Counseling/Registration Session with your assigned program counselor to plan your first semester schedule, review your entire plan of study and discuss the results of the Student Success Questionnaire.

*Submit transcripts and test scores (optional, highly recommended): College transcripts, along with high school transcripts and test scores from within the last five years, used for course registration. Official transcripts needed for transferring college credit(s) and for financial aid purposes.

Approximate Costs

Approx Cost Script Loading

Want more information?

CBE MemberCompetency-Based Education (CBE) is learning at your own pace by mastering competencies through demonstration. It is an academic model in which the time it takes to demonstrate competencies varies, while the expectations about learning are held constant. Students demonstrate mastery through multiple forms of assessment, often at a personalized pace. Once all competencies for this program have been assessed and mastered, students will earn their Technical Diploma.

Learn More About CBE

Faculty Bios

Instructor Bios Lamp

Jack Charles

Education is less of filling a bucket and more of lighting a fire.

Learn More About This Instructor