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Vehicle Refinishing & Repair Technology

Share 10-405-3 Associate Degree (AAS) 63 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.

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This degree prepares you for work in refinishing and repairing many types of vehicles, including emergency vehicles and fire apparatus, as well as work in the aviation and transportation industries. Your hands-on training will give you the skills you need to remove, repair and replace damaged sheet metal, plastic and composite parts. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the unique characteristics of the various material types, and will learn all about color and topcoat application techniques. You’ll also learn how to estimate project costs and how to deal professionally with customers. The addition of math, communication and social science courses provides you with a well-rounded education to help advance your career.

Career Opportunities

  • Assembler
  • Auto Collision Technician
  • Body Shop Mechanic
  • Industrial Painter
  • Painter/Body Technician
  • Parts Technician

Estimated Program Cost

Vehicle Refinishing & Repair Technology

This program will cost about $9,314.55*
based on current tuition and fees.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include all books or all materials and supplies.
  Some textbook costs may be included in the estimated program cost.


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Vehicle Refinishing & Repair Technology

Term Spring 2019 Summer 2019 Fall 2019

* Programs may be available at locations that are not listed here.

* Depending on program enrollment and prerequisite requirements, there may be a wait for some program courses. Please see the additional information section for details.

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Admissions Requirements

Skills Assessment

An academic skills assessment is required for admission into this program or the following: High School GPA of 2.75 or higher (last 10 years) OR provide completion of associate’s or higher degree OR; 165 or higher on your 2014 series GED tests OR; ACT OR SAT OR Accuplacer OR Companion OR Compass (last 3 years) to waive to the general education level; The cost of the Accuplacer assessment is $15; Catalog #: 94100100; Learn more at

Credit Transfer Options

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Whether you’re an incoming student, transferring to another two-year college or pursuing your bachelor’s degree, we make it easy for you to seamlessly transfer your credits. With full accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, we offer credit transfer agreements with more than 65 two-and four-year colleges.

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Many students come to Fox Valley Tech with credits they’ve already earned, either while in high school or at other colleges and universities. It’s also possible to be granted credit for career-related knowledge and skills you’ve already mastered.

Transfer Out

Is a four-year degree in your future? Save time and money by starting here. You can earn your associate degree at Fox Valley Tech, then apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree. Or easily transfer your credits to other two-year colleges.

Program Outcomes
  • 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 non-structural panels and parts.
  • Estimate collision damage repair costs.
  • Perform auto collision welding procedures.
  • Replace restraint systems.
  • Perform automotive electrical and electronic systems diagnosis and repair.
  • Perform automotive HVAC, steering, suspension, and mechanical systems diagnosis and repair.
  • Qualify for Automotive Service Excellence Collision Repair Exam.
  • Demonstrate professionalism appropriate for the auto collision industry.
  • Demonstrate basic positive communication skills needed for dealing with customers and others in a professional manner.
  • Perform diagnosis and repair of automotive brake systems.
  • Perform diagnosis and repair on collision damage hybrid systems.
  • Demonstrate hazardous waste management and shop safety practices.
Program Accreditation/Certification
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Collision Repair and Refinish
Additional Information
By starting in fall, a minimum of 4 semesters will be required to complete this program. If you are starting in spring, you will be able to register for general education and limited technical studies courses; However, program specific technical studies courses will not begin until fall semester.
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