Collision Repair Technology

Turn your passion for cars into a rewarding career. Master industry-current auto body repair techniques with our accredited, hands-on training programs.

What is Collision Repair Technology?

Learn real skills by doing real repairs as part of your studies. We teach the current standards, from fixing small dents to rebuilding the bodies of wrecked or damaged vehicles.

From repairing small dents to rebuilding the bodies of wrecked or damaged vehicles, this program maintains the current commercial standards. Students are taught the types of materials used in filler compounds, the colors and chemical make-up of paints used to refinish, welding and cutting procedures, design and installation of trim, cost estimating and preparation for finish work. All are skills applied in actual jobs performed in hands on shop assignments.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
$41,157
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low: $22k med: $42k high: $63k

What are my career choices?

Collision repair technicians go to work for collision repair shops, insurance companies, automotive dealerships, refinish supply companies, collision equipment companies, rental fleet companies, automotive detail shops, truck collision repair shops and into business for themselves.

Employment opportunities for this field are promising, since the need for well-trained automotive collision technicians increases as new auto designs have body parts made of steel alloys, aluminum and plastics. These materials are more difficult to work with and reconstruct than traditional auto body parts.

Collision Repair Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Collision Repair Helper $41,157
Collision Repairer $41,157
Automotive Painter Helper $39,057 
Automotive Painter $44,762
Collision Repair Technician $41,157

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?

Diploma

  • Collision Repair Technician

Certificates

Additional Information

Collision Repair Helper: 14 Total credit hours
Automotive Painter Helper: 14 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Automotive Painter: 38 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Collision Repairer: 50 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Collision Repair Technician: 57 - 60 Total credit hours

Length of Program

Progression in the Collision Repair Technology program is contingent upon achievement of a grade of C or better in each course and maintenance of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average.

For additional information please visit our Program Information Sheet.

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Everett C. Lewis
Collision Repair Technology
Program Coordinator
606.487.3348
elewis0031@kctcs.edu