Printed on 8/3/2021
Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician
Technical Diploma (TD)
Part Time and Full Time
Financial Aid Eligible
Time of Day:
Day and Evening
*If general education courses are required, they may be available at multiple locations.
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.
Auto Body Technician
Body Shop Owner
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 www.fvtc.edu/Assessment.
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.
- Straighten collision damaged sheet metal
- Refinish automobile body parts
- Replace non structural panels and parts
- Repair plastic and composite body parts
- Estimate collision damage repair costs
- Perform collision repair welding procedures
- Replace moveable automotive glass
- Diagnose and repair/replace collision damaged structural components
- Diagnose and repair restraint systems
- Diagnose and repair electrical related systems
- Diagnose and repair body related mechanical systems
National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Collision Repair and Refinish
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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