Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician student

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician

56-credit Technical Diploma

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Automotive collision repair and refinishing specialists work with both cosmetic and serious structural and engine damage. Their work is dynamic and challenging and provides great opportunities for a fast-paced, high-tech career. In this program, develop skills in metal finishing, plastic and composite repair, bolted and welded panel replacement, painting techniques, frame straightening, rust repair and unibody welding processes at WCTC's cutting-edge Collision Technology Center. This center has state-of-the-art frame and bench repair systems, universal and laser dimension and measuring equipment, high-tech down draft prep stations/spray booths and a centralized vacuum system.

  • Prepare for jobs such as auto body technician, repair collision technician, paint specialist, or frame and unibody repair specialist.
  • Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
  • Earn an I-CAR industry certification (gold points) as a built-in part of the program.
  • Become Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.
  • Meet National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF) standards.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Average Salary: $28,526

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Program Code 32-405-1

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 405-121 Auto Collision Fundamentals2  
 405-126 Collision Panel Repair & Prep5  
 405-135 Collision Repair Electronics3  
 442-160 Auto Collision Welding2  
 602-304 Brakes2 *
 804-304 Industrial Math I2+ 
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 405-115 Collision Panel Replace/Align4  
 405-116 Structural Analysis2  
 405-123 Auto Collision Estimating2  
 405-131 Plastics/Composite Repair2  
 602-324 Suspension and Alignment2 *
 801-311 Communication in the Workplace2+ 
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 102-100 Contemporary Business3  
 405-117 I-CAR Certification2  
 405-127 Auto Color Adjustment4  
 405-132 Advanced Structural Repair4  
 890-108 Employment Success1  
 809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology1  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 405-119 Collision Estimating-Advanced1  
 405-130 Auto Finishing & Detailing5  
 442-161 Adv Auto Collision Welding2  
 602-396 Automotive HVAC2 *
 606-153 Internship - Applied Tech1 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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Block Schedules for Fall 2016

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

602-130 ASEP Align/Suspension/Steering 3
804-304 Industrial Math I 2
804-304 Industrial Math I 2

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

There are currently no college credit agreements for Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Tech. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.