Automotive Collision Technology Technician

Program Objective

The purpose of the Automotive Collision Technology Program is to prepare students for employment in the Automotive Collision Repair Industry. This program is flexible enough for teaching basic job preparatory skills, enhancing existing trade skills, and specialty training.

Program Content

Specialized classroom and shop/lab experiences will enable the student to become proficient in various phases of the repair of damaged vehicles, including unibody and frame alignment.  Instruction includes basic and advanced body repair, preparation and refinishing, damage analysis and estimating, repair of aluminum and plastic components, metal straightening, welding and cutting, use of automotive filler materials, repair, replacement and alignment of body panels, use of parts and repair manuals, price lists and data bases, record keeping, shop safety and housekeeping, care of hand tools, specialized tools and equipment; use of current industry standards, practices and techniques, and paint mixing.

Supplemental training is also available for persons previously or currently employed in these occupations.

Admission Requirements

  • 16 years of age or older and not currently enrolled in any K-12 program
  • Occupational Interest

Program Hours

  • Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m

Completion Requirements

The entire program is 1400 clock hours, but student can earn a certificate at the completion of the following OCPs:

OCP A –  Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Helper Assistant:           150 hours

OCP B –  Auto Collision Refinishing Technician:                                           450 hours

OCP C –  Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician:                                     300 hours

OCP D –  Damage Analysis and Estimating:                                                 75 hours

OCP E –  Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting and Joining:                          75 hours

OPC F –  Structural Damage Repair Technician:                                           350 hours

Students are expected to complete program competencies.

Minimum basic-skills grade levels required for awarding a Full Program Completion Certificate are 9th grade in Math, Reading, and Language on the TABE Test or Industry Certification. Additional information can be provided by student services.

Employment Opportunities

Collision repair technicians can work for automotive dealerships and independent repair facilities. 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.


According to the 2017 Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay for an Automotive Body Repairer was $41,970 or $20.18 per hour.

Program Cost

  • In-state residents – $2.56 per hour (Subject to change)
  • Out of state resident – $10.25 per hour (subject to change)
  • $15.00 application fee per trimester
  • Material fee – Varies by program
  • Identification fee – $5.00 per trimester
  • Liability insurance fee – Varies by program
  • Students must purchase books/kits and or uniforms, if applicable.


RMEC & TC adheres to a policy of non-discrimination and strives to provide equal opportunity to all potential students.