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.
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.
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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.
ECU’s Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology Transfer Program
Interested in earning a Bachelor’s? Our Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology degree qualifies for East Carolina University’s BS in Industrial Technology Transfer Program! Once you receive your Associate in Applied Science degree at WCC, you have the option of transferring your credits to ECU towards a Bachelor’s in Industrial Technology (BSIT). Learn more about the program at ECU’s website.
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification
All students are required to purchase a laptop, personal protective equipment, safety glasses, specialty tools, and uniforms. Costs are available by calling the Collision Repair and Refinishing instructor at (919) 739-6821.
Employment: 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.
Salary: Starting salaries in the local area range from $17,000 to $33,000 per year, with a much higher potential.
Tuition for students taking fewer than 16 semester hours is $76.00 per semester hour for in-state students and $268.00 per semester hour for out-of-state students. Students enrolled for six or more semester hours credit will be charged a $30 student activity fee and a $16 technology fee; those enrolled for less than six semester hours will be charged a $15 student activity fee and an $8 technology fee. No student activity will be charged during the Summer Term.
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