Auto Body Collision Technology

  • Credits: 64
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • 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.

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.


Employment

Outlook

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Auto Body Collision Tech in the state of Minnesota is $21.06 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 5.6%, a high-growth career.


Career Opportunities

  • 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


Gainful Employment


Program Course Listings

View semester order by campus: Thief River Falls

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
AUBO 1100 Intro to Auto Body 2
AUBO 1102 Off Car Repair 4
AUBO 1106 Plastic Welding 1
AUBO 1113 Auto Body Lab I 3
AUBO 1114 Auto Body Lab II 4
AUBO 1121 Auto Body Refinishing 6
AUBO 1123 Glass & Trim 2
AUBO 1131 Auto Body Welding I 2
AUBO 1132 Auto Body Welding II 2
AUBO 2201 Collision/Damage/Estimate 4
AUBO 2205 Unibody & Frame 4
AUBO 2208 Major Collision Lab 4
AUBO 2214 General Auto Body Lab 4
AUBO 2216 Shop Operations 2
AUBO 2221 Simulated Auto Body I 4
AUBO 2222 Simulated Auto Body II 2
AUBO 2225 Panel Replacement 2
AUBO 2228 Auto Body Mechanical 6
CPTR 1100 Computer Basics 1
CRLT 2103 Job Seeking/Keeping 1
HPER 1410 First Aid/CPR 1
SSCI 1101 Human Relations 3
TOTAL CREDITS: 64
 

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