Auto Body Collision Technology

  • Credits: 71
  • Degree Type: A.A.S.
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

Formal training in Auto Body Collision Technology is highly desirable because advances in technology in recent years have greatly changed the structure, components, and even materials used in automobiles. This program is designed for entry level education in the Auto Body Collision Repair industry. The customized curriculum allows students time for more Liberal Arts classes, which are a part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Auto Body Technicians replace or repair damaged portions of automobile bodies and frames using the latest tools and technology. They straighten bent frames, repair dents, replace body panels, and weld rust repair panels. They also replace broken glass, inspect drive train components, and perform electrical diagnostics including air bag component replacement.

Students will also sand, mask repair areas, and spray the latest automotive refinishing materials in a state of the art down draft bake booth. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test after graduating and one year of training in a collision repair facility.

Feature Story

Innovation Drives Career Demand. Auto Body Industry Needs More Trained Technicians (Right Now)


Potential Job Titles

  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Paint Manufacture Representative
  • After Market Parts Sales Person
  • Automobile Refinishing Technician
  • Auto Body Equipment Sales Person
  • Salvage Yard Manager
  • Auto Dealer Parts Counter Person/Parts Manager
  • Fram Rack Operator
  • Car Detailing

Job Outlook & Salary Data


According to ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for Auto Body Collision Technology in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is 13.2%, a high growth career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
AUBO 1100 Intro to Auto Body 2 credits
AUBO 1102 Off Car Repair 4 credits
AUBO 1106 Plastic Welding 1 credits
AUBO 1113 Auto Body Lab I 3 credits
AUBO 1114 Auto Body Lab II 4 credits
AUBO 1121 Auto Body Refinishing 6 credits
AUBO 1123 Glass & Trim 2 credits
AUBO 1131 Auto Body Welding I 2 credits
AUBO 1132 Auto Body Welding II 2 credits
AUBO 2201 Collision/Damage/Estimate 4 credits
AUBO 2205 Unibody & Frame 4 credits
AUBO 2208 Major Collision Lab 4 credits
AUBO 2214 General Auto Body Lab 4 credits
AUBO 2216 Shop Operations 2 credits
AUBO 2221 Simulated Auto Body I 4 credits
AUBO 2225 Panel Replacement 2 credits
AUBO 2228 Auto Body Mechanical 6 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
  G4: Math/Logical Elective 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3 credits

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