What is Collision Repair Technology?
Knowledge of the latest technology is essential for today's Collision Repair Technician. Changes within the industry have made it necessary for technicians to become skilled in plastic repair, repairing aluminum, and the application of waterborne materials such as basecoats and primers. Program instruction using I-CAR curriculum is delivered by lecture. Hands-on training is provided by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician and meets ASE standards. Full time students can take advantage of the Snap-on Student Excellence Program which allows them to purchase Snap-on tools at discount prices. Many other tool companies provide student programs such as Cornwell, Mac, and Matcoto name a few.
Program Standing: Progression in the Collision Repair Technology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or better in each course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.
What are my career choices?
Automotive body and related repairers work for automotive repair, maintenance shops and automobile dealers, as well as being self-employed.
What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?
Students can earn the Associate in Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies. This degree provides flexible alternatives for meeting student and employer needs. Credit earned through certificate and diploma program completion is applicable toward the Applied Science in General Occupational/Technical Studies degree when consistent with the objectives of the students individual plan of study.
Automotice Service Excellence
- B2 Painting and Refinishing
- B3 Structural Damage
- B4 Non-Structural Damage
- B5 Mechanical & Electrical
Length of Program
Students seeking a diploma can complete their plan of study in four semesters by completing a total of 62-65 credit hours of technical and general education courses. Certificates embedded within the diploma may be awarded as credential requirements are met. Day classes are offered during two 16-week semesters (August-December and January-May) each academic year. Dual credit courses are accepted from local high school districts and allow the student to enter in their second semester of the program.
Industry Related Associations
- Cornwell Quality Tools
- Mac Tools
- Matco Tools
- National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
- Snap-on Student Excellence Program
Field Licensure Requirements
Some employers in the automotive industry require ASE certification. ASE certification is not required to complete the program at the college, but students are encouraged to become ASE certified to improve their job prospects. Depending upon the certification specialties chosen to complete the degree there may be additional testing needed in addition to completing the program. Please consult with the program advisor for specific testing requirements.
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
1503 Edwards Ferry Rd., NE
Leesburg, VA 20176
This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.