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Vehicle Refinishing and Repair Technology
Program Code: 10-405-3


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Associate Degree: 2 Years, 70 Credits
Appleton Campus
Financial Aid Eligible


Career Opportunities

The Vehicle Refinishing and Repair Technology program is designed to educate you in a practical application of vehicle refinishing and repair. The associate degree program prepares you for work in refinishing emergency vehicles and fire apparatus as well as for work in the aviation industry and the light- and heavy-duty transportation industry. You may also work as an insurance adjuster and appraiser, or in the area of paint supplies, or you may choose to advance to university studies.

Automotive collision shops, independent collision shops, paint suppliers, fire apparatus manufacturing companies, aviation manufacturing, military truck manufacturers and insurance companies are examples of places you may find employment.


Program Description

The Vehicle Refinishing and Repair Technology program is centered around preparing you for vehicle refinishing and repair; however, the added rigor of the associate degree-level classes provides you with a well-rounded education to excel in many areas.


Program/Plan Admission Requirements

Note: Before entering the program, students will be required to purchase tools - approximate cost $1,800 to $2,000.


Program Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto collision industry.
  • Demonstrate basic positive communication skills needed for dealing with customers and others in a professional manner.
  • Straighten collision damaged sheet metal.
  • Repair plastic and composite body parts.
  • Refinish automobile body parts.
  • Repair and replace moveable automotive glass.
  • Repair collision damaged light truck frames and unibody structural components.
  • Replace nonstructural panels and parts.
  • Replace restraint systems.
  • Perform automotive electrical and electronic systems diagnosis and repair.
  • Perform automotive HVAC, steering, suspension, and mechanical systems diagnosis and repair.
  • Perform diagnosis and repair of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform diagnosis and repair on collision damage hybrid systems.
  • Estimate collision damage repair costs.
  • Perform auto collision welding procedures.
  • Qualify for Automotive Service Excellence Collision Repair Exam.
  • Demonstrate hazardous waste management, and shop safety practices.

Helpful High School Courses

Technical education courses, sheet metal, welding, computer applications, auto servicing and electronics, English, algebra, and applied science.


Program Offered at This Location

  • Appleton—1825 N. Bluemound Drive

Contact Us

For additional information, call Joe Kircher at (920) 735-5704 or Jerry Goodson at (920) 993-5163.

For additional program/admission information, View Program Plan.


Will my credits transfer to a 4-year college?


Students must follow the program curriculum in place at the time of enrollment into the program.
If you have questions, contact your advisor.

2014-15 Educational Program