The Auto Body Repair and Refinishing curriculums are designed to provide students with the education and training to enter the collision repair industry. The comprehensive programs enable students to gain entry level employment and with additional field experience, they can enjoy a lifetime employment in this lucrative industry. Most graduates start in collision repair shops; however, graduates find opportunities in related fields such as equipment and material representatives, insurance adjusters, industry technical trainers, and shop managers.
I-CAR, an industry non-profit national training organization, estimates the collision industry is short 50,000 technicians in the United States at this time, providing a wonderful opportunity for graduates. There are usually four employers to each available graduate each year.
Students are trained hands-on with the latest equipment found in the industry. This includes computer estimating, computer measuring systems, computer paint mixing, wheel alignment, refinishing, spot repair, and custom painting. All learning takes place primarily on live customer projects, with some classroom activities. Often students will bring their own vehicles to repair adding to their overall experience.