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Collision Repair Technology

Course Description: 

Collision Repair Technology (Auto Body) covers all aspects of collision repair and finish work on vehicles. In the shop setting, students experience the methods of complete auto collision repair working on damaged vehicles. They also learn several methods of custom design finish work and accurate estimating procedures. Our Collision Repair shops are state-of-the-art and are evolving from solvent based paint to the latest environmentally friendly technology of low emission, water borne paint with down draft paint booths.

Topics covered:
Crash estimating, unibody and frame restructuring techniques, glass removal and installation, plastic repair techniques in sheet molding compounds and thermoplastics, refinishing and resurfacing techniques, steering and suspension systems, computer systems and electrical diagnostics, computerized custom color mixing of paint, techniques of paint application, MIG welding, aluminum welding and resistant spot welding, plasma cutting, aluminum repair, rust repair, safety restraints inspection, installation, and repair, auto detailing, auto marketing skills


Offered At: 

Belmont Career and Technical Education Center

Ellicottville Career and Technical Education Center

Olean Career and Technical Education Center

Program Goal: 

To prepare students for a challenging and rewarding career in the field of Collision Repair Technology. Students learn automotive structure, become familiar with the tools used in collision repair, and master a variety of repair techniques. The class gives students a solid foundation, and the required certification, for entry level work in the collision field or for further study in this growing industry.

Projects and Experiences: 

This program offers extensive opportunities to develop and practice the handson skills necessary to perform repairs and finishing techniques on vehicles. Students experience authentic repair practices by working on damaged vehicles. Projects include frame straightening and repair, various body damage repairs, and refurbishing and refinishing multiple surfaces. Students may also participate in capstone projects with other career classes. Painting and refinishing techniques and methods are practiced so that students may build and refine their skills in these areas. Students are required to create a professional portfolio showcasing their knowledge and experiences.


Students will be assessed based on work performance task sheets, participation, workplace skills, interaction in the classroom as well as written exams. All students participate in the I-Car curriculum.

National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Exam in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology



May earn New York State Technical Endorsement on high school diploma

Local Employment Opportunities: 

Hilltop Collision Repair

Emerling Ford

Mallory’s Collision

Local dealerships

Local bodyshops

Local parts and supplies stores

Career Paths and Potential Salaries: 

Auto Glass Installer/ Repairer - $27,000

Collision Repair Technician - $44,000

New and Used Car Detailer - $20,000

Auto Parts Salesperson - $23,000

Insurance Adjuster - $43,990

Source: salary wizard

Suggested Courses for Success: 

ELA, Communication Skills, Computer Technology, Math

High School Credits: 

Earn 7 credits including:

1 Integrated Science

1 Integrated ELA

1 Specialized Math

Earn College Credits: 
Alfred State Course requirements waived based on NATEF, I-CAR and NYS Inspection checklists
Erie Community College 4 credits total, two credits each for:
AB 130 (Introduction to Autobody Repair) and
AB 140 (Detailing)
Ohio Technical College Credit for up to four Collision Repair and Refinishing Modules, based on ICAR/NATEF Modules
Pennsylvania College of Technology Advanced placement based on competency assessment form
SUNY Morrisville 3 credits for AUTO 110 (Summer Work Experience)
Universal Technical Institute Credit for up to four courses after passing I-CAR test modules, or $500 tuition credit
Student Work: 

Check back for samples of student work.