Program Overview

auto collision student

Our program’s curriculum is approved by the National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF), an affiliate of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (ICAR).

Our facility covers approximately 17,000 square feet, has four frame benches and computer measuring systems, and two state of the art down draft paint booths and one prep booth. Our equipment meets current industry standards, and our classes are designed to get you involved in student projects that help you understand the most current practices in the industry. Our program features partnerships with several agencies, companies and training organizations, such as Chief Automotive, Inc.; national insurance companies; ICAR; and local repair centers, equipment, and materials manufacturers. These partnerships allow us to keep our training current and relevant to today’s repair standards.

Academic Overview

We put students on the fast track to employment in the auto collision repair industry. Our Auto Collision Repair program is designed to help you develop your skills in safety, basic mechanics, metal working, welding, damage analysis, structural and nonstructural repair, painting repaired automobiles, communication and mathematics. Our classes  range in size from 10 to 20 students, providing the one-on-one attention students deserve.

Our program is comprehensive and current. In order to receive a two-year auto collision repair certificate or associate’s degree, we require students to complete cooperative work experience , which often continues on to full-time employment. Our advisory committee, which includes shop owners, technicians and insurance company representatives, along with equipment and material supply representatives, assists PCC keeping the program up to date.

Course Planning

Cooperative Education

Students working towards their Associate Degree or Two-Year Certificate in Auto Collision Repair Technology are required to enroll in Cooperative Education for a total of 12 credits. Prior to enrolling, Contact Tamara Williams, your Student Employment and Cooperative Education Services Specialist.

Program Costs

Required Tools

photo of AutoBody Repair Technology

Required Book

AutoBody Repair Technology, 5th edition, by James E. Duffy. ISBN: 9781418073534

Available at the Rock Creek Campus PCC Bookstore and online at popular bookstore websites.