Careers in Auto Collision Repair Technology
Our program prepares students to enter an industry that includes paint and auto body technicians, team leaders, estimators, shop managers, owners, equipment and supply salespersons, insurance appraisers, truck and boat repairs, aircraft and equipment painters, and restoration and hot rod builders.
What will I do on the job?
An auto collision repair technician is a skilled member of a respected trade. The technician’s duties and responsibilities will vary according to the size of the shop and the number of employees. Duties and responsibilities may include parts replacement, straightening damaged body panels, welding, auto glass replacement, auto frame straightening, damage analysis, estimating repair costs and refinishing damage.
How much can I earn?
Approximate entry-level hourly wage in the Portland area ranges from $10 to $12 an hour. Approximate mid-tech annual salaries in the Portland area range from $20,000 to $30,000; an experienced technician may earn $35,000 to $80,000 annually. Also, some technicians work in hourly shops, others choose to work as independents who receive a commission, while others are members of a repair team.
Who will hire me?
Auto collision repair technicians are hired by automobile dealerships and independent auto body repair shops. Experienced technicians may also choose to open their own businesses, work as adjusters for insurance companies or become factory representatives for industry suppliers. Graduates of the program are currently working with such firms as Precision Auto body and Paint of Beaverton, Kadel’s Auto Body Shops, Lukas Auto Painting and repair, Kuni Cadillac and BMW, Farmer’s Insurance, Artistic Auto Body Shops, Obrist and Cunningham, Beaverton Honda, Mackin and Sons and many more.