Students in this program learn all aspects of the auto collision repair business. This consists of the repair and/or replacement of vehicle body parts, frame straightening and alignment, complete and touch up spray painting, and glass replacement. Trainees are also taught processes in the use of fiberglass, plastic, sheet metal, and estimating.
There is a wide variety in body repair work, with each damaged vehicle presenting a different problem. Therefore, in addition to having a broad knowledge of automobile construction and repair techniques, auto body technicians must learn to develop the appropriate method for each job.
Employment opportunities in this field are excellent. Most graduates are employed in shops specializing in repairs and painting or in service departments of automobile and truck dealerships. The program is (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence certified through the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).