Would you like to paint a bright future? Wayne Community College’s Collision Repair and Refinishing programs are designed to provide you with the education and training to enter the collision repair industry. The comprehensive program enables you to gain entry-level employment and with additional field experience, you can enjoy lifetime employment in this lucrative industry. Most graduates start in collision repair shops; however, others find opportunities in related positions such as equipment and material representatives, insurance adjusters, industry technical trainers, and shop managers. You can even create your own business! Starting salaries in the local area range from $17,000 to $33,000 per year, with a much higher potential. You will receive hands-on training in the latest techniques and equipment in the industry. This includes computer estimating, computer measuring systems, computer paint mixing, wheel alignment, refinishing, spot repair, and custom painting. Learning takes place primarily on live customer projects, with some classroom activities. Often students will bring their own vehicles to repair or customize, adding to their overall experience.
Credentials available: Associate in Applied Science – Collision Repair & Refinishing, Diploma in Autobody Repair, Autobody Refinishing Certificate, Autobody Non-Structural Repair Certificate, Autobody Structural Repair Certificate
Average Class Size: 10 – 15
Things to Consider: I-CAR, an industry non-profit national training organization, estimates the collision industry is short 50,000 technicians in the U.S. at this time, providing a wonderful opportunity for graduates. There are usually four employers to each available graduate each year.
Curriculum Courses by Semester
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Degree (A60130)
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Diploma (D60130)
Autobody Repair and Refinishing Technology Certificate (C60130)
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