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Collision Repair Refinishing Technology

What is Collision Repair Refinishing Technology? 

The Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology curriculum provides training in the use of equipment and materials of the autobody repair trade. The student studies the construction of the automobile body and techniques of autobody repairing, rebuilding, and refinishing.Collision Repair 


The course work includes autobody fundamentals, industry overview, and safety. Students will perform hands on repairs in the areas of non-structural and structural repairs, mig welding, plastics and adhesives, refinishing, and other related areas.  

Graduates of the curriculum should qualify for entry-level employment opportunities in both the automotive body and the refinishing industry. Graduates may find employment with franchised independent garages, or they may become self-employed.


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Typical Courses

  • Painting and Refinishing
  • Non-Structural Damage
  • Structural Damage
  • Autobody MIG Welding
  • Autobody Estimating
  • Special Finishes
  • Plastics and Adhesives
  • Mechanical and Electrical Components I
  • Intro to Automotive Technology
  • Engine Repair
  • Basic Automotive Electricity
  • PC Skills for Automotive Technicians
  • Suspension and Steering Systems
  • Brake Systems
  • Engine Performance
  • Automotive Climate Control

Student Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the WCC Collision Repair Refinishing Technology Program will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and use of shop safety involving Material Safety Data Sheets, product labels, handling of hazardous materials, personal protective equipment, and repair equipment safety.
  • Show competency in understanding automotive paint systems and equipment used to apply refinish materials. Show an understanding of surface preparation corrosion protection, color theory and detailing.  
  • Demonstrate knowledge of vehicle construction and frame damage types; the ability to set up a vehicle on a frame machine and then use computerized frame readouts to analyze potential frame damage in order to be able to make proper determinations in choosing to repair, replace or section structural panels.  
  • Understand non-structural panel makeup for both steel and aluminum in order to be able to determine damage analysis, repair vs. replace decisions, removal and installation of bolted on parts, proper techniques and use of body filler, trim and hardware usage and repair, glass repair or replacement determinations for both stationary and moveable glass. To be able to identify and make proper choices concerning repair of automotive plastics involving adhesive repair, welding repair or replacement of the damaged part.  
  • To show an understanding, knowledge and ability in auto body welding of using correct procedures and skills in safely using oxyacetylene welding, MIG welding and resistance spot welding.  
  • Understand and be able to write auto body repair estimates based on industry standards and understanding of estimation procedure pages and nomenclature for both hand-written and computer generated estimates.  
  • To seek best information to analyze damaged mechanical parts to determine repair or replace decisions in mechanical, electrical, cooling, air conditioning, steering and suspension and restraint systems.

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Contact Information:

Jamie Reavis
Jamie Reavis
Lead Instructor, Collision  Repair & Refinishing Technology
(336) 838-6192