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Auto Body Collision Technician

at St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Program Details

  • Award: Associate in Applied Science
  • Credits: 72
  • Delivery: Face-to-face
  • WIA Certified

About this Program

The collision repair program is designed to meet the needs of today&�s high-tech and fast-paced industry. Students use computers to write estimates, diagnose frame and unibody damage and mix paint. The core of the program relies on fundamental repair skills, such as metal straightening, body filler application and sanding of different substrates.

Students gain experience on both mild and high strength steel welding using MIG welding standards set by the industry. They repair or replace composite and plastic parts using the latest equipment and procedures; replacing structural parts, cosmetic panels, and operating frame and unibody repair equipment on late model collision vehicles. Solvent based paint as well as waterborne paint products are used to demonstrate and complete mock projects and live customer repairs. We continually focus on personal safety, awareness of the environment, diversity, staying current with our business partners and student satisfaction.

Students entering this program should be prepared to master a considerable amount of theory, be able to read, comprehend, and execute repair manuals procedures. This is a hands-on program that requires manual dexterity, troubleshooting, and problem solving skills. Students spend five to six hours in the shop per day working on projects or customer vehicles to prepare them for the workforce. With the help of our business partners, students have the opportunity to complete an internship, working alongside journeymen technicians.

SCTCC's Auto Body Collision Technology Program is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Certified, and graduates are prepared for the Auto Body Repair Excellence examinations. The program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and our instructors are certified by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).


Program Locations

  • St. Cloud Technical and Community College 56303

Labor Market Information

  • Transportation Equipment Painters

  • Median wage: $20.50/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers

  • Median wage: $20.11/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
  • Automotive Body Repairers

  • Median wage: $21.84/hour-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Above statewide average
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St. Cloud Technical and Community College
St. Cloud Technical and Community College
1540 Northway Drive Saint Cloud, MN 56303 Toll-Free: (800) 222-1009 Local: (320) 308-5089 TTY: (320) 308-5988