Learn the skills to work as an auto body technician, diagnosing collision damage and using industry-standard equipment to restore damaged vehicles to their original condition.
At M State, our hands-on Auto Body Collision Technology courses are taught by instructors who bring years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll learn to straighten bent frames and unibody cars, remove and repair dents, and install window glass and windshields. Technicians also sand and mask repair areas and perform drive train component replacements, wheel alignments and some mechanical and electrical repairs.
Auto body technicians need good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to comprehend service literature. Our Auto Body Collision Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.
Auto Body Collision Technology Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Auto Body Collision Technology Diploma
Locations: Detroit Lakes
Auto body technicians repair and replace damaged portions of automobile bodies and frames. They straighten bent frames and/or unibody cars, remove and repair dents in body panels and fenders, and weld breaks in body metals. They install window glass and windshields. Technicians also sand and mask repair areas and perform drive train component replacements, wheel alignments and some mechanical and electrical repairs. Students entering this program should have good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to comprehend service literature. Graduates of this program will find opportunities for employment as body repair technicians and may become estimators, service sales persons, service managers or parts managers. Some may move into supervisory positions, start their own repair shops or become insurance company damage appraisers.
The Auto Body Collision Technology program is designed to prepare students for work as collision damage repair specialists. Students entering the program should have good mechanical aptitude and communications skills. Students in the second year will expand their knowledge of auto body theory and work on projects that are increasingly more complex, which will enhance their skill level. Due to advancements in automobile technology across the industry in recent years, formal training in auto body collision technology is essential to the success of our graduates in pursuing vocational opportunities in the industry. Graduates of the program will be ready to enter the collision repair industry with confidence based on their knowledge and experience gained in the lab. Students will have gained more experience in the use of frame pulling equipment, increased skill level in painting methods and overall damage repair procedures.
Graduates will find career opportunities as auto body technicians, auto body and related repairers, estimators, service sales staff, service managers, parts managers, insurance appraisers and shop owners.
Description: Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
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691 Employed in your area
24 Estimated annual job openings
115 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Automotive Body and Related Repairers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 11:49am