The Auto Collision program requires students to work in an automobile shop that builds skills in basic and advanced auto body, non-structural, and plastic repair. Students also learn automobile painting, welding and refinishing. Students use on-line curriculum from I-Car and practice hands-on in our expansive on-campus garage. They learn workplace skills including estimating and use of automotive software programs. The Auto Collision program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and students have the opportunity to gain industry specific certifications.
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
Applicants must complete a SouthernTech Application for Admission. Additional information and applications are available at the Southern Tech campus and online at www.sotech.edu. Enrollment for this career program is open to adults and partnering High Schools (juniors/seniors).
Additional costs may include books, supplies, and miscellaneous fees.
In-district: $2.50 per hour
Out-of-District: $5.00 per hour
Out-of-State: $7.50 per hour
Financial Aid and Scholarships
This program is not yet approved for Federal Financial Aid; scholarships may be available.
Courses (600 hours)
Introduction to Auto Collision (45 hours)
Damage Analysis, Customer Service and Estimating (55 hours)
Non-Structural Repair Metal and Plastic (100 hours)
Mig Welding, Cutting and Heating (100 hours)
Refinishing Preparation (105 hours)
Refinishing Application and Color Adjustment (105 hours)
Detailing (60 hours)
Trim and Hardware (30 hours)
Estimated time to complete: 10 months
Post-secondary: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
Secondary Students: 8:00-11:00 AM or 12:45-3:45 PM
The following list is associated with the approved SOC (Standard Occupational Classification) for this program and does not necessarily represent immediate opportunities; additional training may be required for some options listed.
Auto Body Man, Auto Body Repair Technician, Auto Body Repairer, Auto Body Repairman, Auto Body Technician, Autobody Technician, Automotive Painter, Body and Frame Man, Body Man, Body Technician – Approximate Pay Potential: $11-35 per hour (O*NET source: 49-3021.00 - Automotive Body and Related Repairers):
Auto Collision Instructor
Targeted Certifications and/or Credentials
✅ CRR Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair
✅ CRR Structural Analysis & Damage Repair
✅ CRR Painting and Refinishing
✅ CRR Mechanical and Electrical
Certifications may vary by Program and are subject to change without notice.