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  Printed on 2/23/2018

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

Share 32-405-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 54 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

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With this program, you’ll be ready for employment in a body shop, auto dealer shop, paint company or insurance company, among others. You’ll learn how to repair dents in vehicle bodies and will also repair plastic parts on vehicles. Your training includes the replacement of bolted-on parts such as doors, fenders and trunk lids. You’ll also learn about the structural repair of conventional frames and weld-on panels such as quarter panels and roofs. This program also covers vehicle paint preparation and paint techniques for spot repair and complete vehicle refinishing.

Career Opportunities

  • Auto Body Technician
  • Automotive Technician
  • Body Shop Owner
  • Finishing Technician
  • Painter
  • Painter/Body Technician

Estimated Program Cost

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

This program will cost about $11,468.60*
based on current tuition and fees.

Additional materials and supplies will cost
about $1,000.00*.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.
  Costs may not include books or all materials and supplies.


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Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

Term Availability
Spring 2018
Summer 2018
Fall 2018
Spring 2019

* Program availability may vary by location. 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; learn more at; or provide official 4-year college transcript indicating proof of graduation to waive your academic skills assessment to the general education level; If you scored 165 or higher on your GED tests we will waive your scores to the general education level.

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.

Transfer In

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.
  • Refinish automobile body parts.
  • Replace non-structural panels and parts.
  • Perform auto collision welding procedures.
  • Repair plastic and composite body parts.
  • Repair and replace moveable automotive glass.
  • Repair collision damaged light truck frames and unibody structural components.
  • Replace restraint systems.
  • Perform automotive electrical and electronic systems diagnosis and repair.
  • Perform automotive HVAC, steering, suspension, and mechanical systems diagnosis and repair
  • Estimate collision damage repair costs.
  • Qualify for Automotive Service Excellence Collision Repair Exam.
Program Accreditation/Certification
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Collision Repair and Refinish
Additional Information
By starting in fall, a minimum of 5 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.
Tools will be provided for students to use while on campus.

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