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Student welding a collision repair part in the shop

An auto collision repair technician is a skilled member in a respected and rewarding career field. Portland Community College puts you on the fast track to employment in the auto collision repair industry.

The Oregon Employment Department forecasts Portland area employment for auto collision repair technicians will grow 7.3% through 2027.

Why choose Auto Collision Repair Technology at PCC?

Salary

The Oregon Employment Department reports Portland area auto collision repair technicians earn from $12.50 to $30.06 per hour. The average annual salary is $44,011. Experienced technicians can expect a salary of $50,000 to $80,000 with many making considerably more.

Real-world repair

PCC Auto Collision students have the opportunity to work on public vehicles needing repair. Learn more about repair work.

Since its establishment in 1970, Portland Community College’s Auto Collision Repair program has grown into one of the largest and most reputable programs on the West Coast. Our class projects help you understand the most current industry practices. Class size ranges from 10 to 20 students, so you’ll receive the one-on-one attention you deserve.

Facility

Our facility covers approximately 17,000 square feet. Our equipment meets current industry standards and includes:

  • Four frame benches and computer measuring systems
  • Two state-of-the-art downdraft paint booths
  • One prep booth
  • Resistance spot welders
  • MIG welders
Co-op classes and partnerships

The 2-year certificate and AAS degree-seeking students end the program with a co-op class where you work in a collision repair shop under the guidance of a master technician for 300 hours in the shop which usually turns into full-time employment. You will also earn I-CAR credits and Non-Structural Pro-Level 1 certification.

The Auto Collision Repair program features partnerships with agencies, companies, and training organizations to keep your learning relevant. Partners include:

  • I-Car
  • Local repair centers, equipment, and materials manufacturers
  • Chief Automotive, Inc.
  • National insurance companies

Our curriculum is approved by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (ICAR).

Degrees and certificates

Degrees and certificates by number of terms to complete
Award Length Financial aid eligible Currently accepting students?
Associate Degree: Auto Collision Repair Technology2 years
Certificate: Auto Collision Repair Technology2 years
Certificate: Auto Body PaintingLess than 1 year
Certificate: Auto Collision Repair TechnologyLess than 1 year

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What will you learn?

More information

We have streamlined instruction to provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a skilled repair technician or painter. Our Auto Collision Repair program develops your skills in:

  • Repair (structural and nonstructural)
  • Damage analysis
  • Welding
  • Metalworking
  • Painting repaired automobiles
  • Mechanics
  • Safety
  • Mathematics
  • Communication

Learn more about program costs, tools, and textbooks on our getting started page.

What will you do?

Your work will vary according to your employer. Duties and responsibilities may include:

  • Bolt-on parts replacement
  • Weld-on parts replacement
  • Auto frame measuring and repair
  • Repair damaged body panels
  • Damage analysis
  • Refinishing damage
  • Estimating repair cost
  • Welding
    • steel MIG
    • silicon bronze MIG
    • aluminum MIG welding

Who will hire you?

We prepare you to enter a large industry that includes:

  • Auto collision repair
  • Car restoration / hot rod shops
  • Equipment and supply companies
  • Insurance companies and appraisers
  • Aircraft repair and refinishing
  • Fleet maintenance
  • Truck and heavy equipment shops
  • Product manufacturers
  • Sales and technical reps
  • Yacht and boat repair

Graduates of the program have been hired by businesses such as:

  • Artistic Auto Body
  • Beaverton Honda
  • Gerber Collision & Glass
  • ABRA/Caliber Collision Repair
  • Kuni Collision Repair
  • Fix Auto
  • Mackin’s Auto Body
  • Central Auto Body
  • McCollum Auto Body
  • Precision Auto Body and Paint of Beaverton

Next steps

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