Auto Collision Student

Auto Collision Technician

30-credit Technical Diploma

Auto collision technicians possess the skills needed to repair auto body and parts damage to cars, trucks, vans, buses and other vehicles. They are knowledgeable in the basic welding, metal finishing, plastic and composite repair processes, and they are trained to do panel replacement, realignment of car frames and chassis to repair structural damage, hammer out dents and dimples, window installation and other repairs.

  • Prepare for jobs such as auto collision technician, auto body technician, prepper, body mechanic or painter.
  • Hone auto collision technician skills in WCTC’s cutting-edge Collision Technology Center, which features 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.
  • The curriculum for the Auto Collision Technician program is the first year of studies in the comprehensive Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician program. Students who complete the Auto Collision Technician program will require just one additional year of studies to earn the additional credits needed for the Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician program.
  • Review gainful employment information.

Program Code 31-405-1

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  
 405-117 I-CAR Certification2  
 405-123 Auto Collision Estimating2  
 602-324 Suspension and Alignment2 *
 890-108 Employment Success1 *
Total Semester Credits
Summer Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 405-304 Auto Collision Internship1 *
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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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.

There are no credit transfer agreements for this program at this time. 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.