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Collision Repair Schools: What Training Do They Offer?

A collision repair technician, also known as an autobody repairer, removes dents, replaces crumpled parts, and straightens bent bodies on all types of vehicles. To work in this field, you need a broad knowledge of automotive construction and repair techniques, since the damage to every vehicle is different. And since automotive technology continues to advance and become more sophisticated every day, most employers prefer workers who have formal training.

You can find autobody repair programs at technical schools, trade schools, and community colleges, although the type of diploma and length of the program differs. Trade and technical schools usually grant a certificate in collision repair after 6 months or a year. Community colleges tend to offer 2-year programs.

Crash Courses--Learning About Repair:All of these training programs should offer both classes and hands-on-practical experience. Your courses may include:

  • Automotive
  • Chemistry
  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

If you don't have a lot of hands-on experience after completing your autobody repair program, your employer might start you on basic tasks like assisting an experienced mechanic with sanding body panels, removing damaged parts, and installing newly repaired parts. After you've mastered those skills, you can move on to adjusting the vehicle's alignment or straightening and repairing body parts yourself--or even being a full-time, well educated mechanic with some great collision repair experience.

Job Opportunities After Collision Repair School

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in this field should increase by 12 percent from 2006-2016, and many current workers are approaching retirement, creating excellent job opportunities for those with formal training. Since autobody repair isn't usually affected by economic downturns, you should also have excellent job security. Lay-offs are rare.

The 2008 salary reports from the BLS show that collision repair technicians earn an mean hourly wage of $19.21, or an median yearly salary of $39,950.

It's unfortunate for drivers--but great for you--that accidents will always happen. Earning your diploma, certificate, or even your degree in this industry can make you the hero of the accident-prone driver. Not only that, but formal training in the field from a collision repair school puts you ahead of the game when it comes to hiring.

Collision Repair Schools

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Lincoln College of Technology
Get a hands-on, job-specific education at Lincoln College of Technology.
Collision Repair and Refinishing, Automotive Technology, CNC Machining & Manufacturing and more.
  • Melrose Park: 8317 W. North Avenue Melrose Park, IL 60160
  • Indianapolis: 7225 Winton Drive Building 128 Indianapolis, IN 46268
  • Denver: 460 South Lipan Street Denver, CO 80223
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Universal Technical Institute
Jump-start your automotive career with Universal Technical Institute in Illinois.
Collision Repair, Automotive Technology, and more.
  • Sacramento: 4400 E. Commerce Way Sacramento, CA 95834
  • Norwood: One Upland Road, Building 200 Norwood, MA 02062
  • Exton: 750 Pennsylvania Drive Exton, PA 19341
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New England Institute of Technology
New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, co-educational technical college offering over 30 Associate in Science, Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs.
Associate in Science in Auto Body Technology, Associate in Science in Auto Collision Repair, Associate in Science in Automotive High Performance and more.
  • East Greenwich: One New England Tech Boulevard East Greenwich, RI 02818

WyoTech
Gear up for a better future at WyoTech.
Advanced Automotive Diagnostics, Automotive Technology, and more.
  • Fremont: 200 Whitney Place Fremont, CA 94539
  • Long Beach: 2161 Technology Place Long Beach, CA 90810

UEI College
Get career training for the job you’ve always wanted at UEI College.
Automotive Technician, and more.
  • Gardena: 661 W. Redondo Beach Blvd. Gardena, CA 90247

Westwood College
Westwood College is dedicated to preparing students with the knowledge, skills and training needed for meaningful employment. Through education, we create opportunities, change lives and impact futures.
Automotive Technology (A), and more.
  • Denver: 7350 North Broadway Denver, CO 80221

Ashworth College
Earn your degree or diploma on your schedule and succeed at Ashworth College.
Automotive Technician, and more.
  • Norcross: Norcross, GA

Automotive Training Center
Welcome to Automotive Training Center! Dedicated to training technicians in the automotive field since 1917, ATC is ready to train YOU!
Collision Reconditioning Technology, Automotive and Hi-Performance Technology, Automotive Technology and more.
  • Exton: 114 Pickering Way Exton, PA 19341
  • Warminster: 900 Johnsville Blvd Warminster, PA 18974

Penn Foster Schools
Advance your career with our affordable, self-paced, career-focused distance education programs.
Auto Repair Technician, and more.
  • Scranton: Scranton, PA 18501

Stratford Career Institute
Earn Your Diploma from Home!
Auto Mechanics, and more.
  • : , PA 94404

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