Auto Body Technology

The Auto Body Technology Certificate provides training in the field of automotive collision repair and refinishing. The program offers a comprehensive combination of automotive collision theory integrated with hands-on instruction to repair automobiles. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Identify and employ tools and equipment used in the Collision Repair field;
  • Choose the correct materials to be used in the repair of modern vehicles;
  • Demonstrate a sense of responsibility by wearing proper work attire, attending class and completing assignments on time;
  • Understand proper use and application of refinishing materials;
  • Join/weld panel components to industry standards;
  • Diagnose and measure structural damage using tram and self-centering gauges according to industry specifications;
  • Attach body anchoring devices; remove or reposition components as necessary;
  • Remove creases and dents using power tools and hand tools to restore damaged areas to proper contours and dimensions;;
  • Determine the extent of damage to structural steel body panels; repair or replace; and
  • Remove and replace damaged sections of structural steel body panels in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications/procedures.


  • I-Car Certifications

Additional Costs:

  • There are lab fees associated with the courses in this program. They are listed in the semester schedule.
  • Students will be required to purchase approximately $1200- $1500 in tools throughout the course of the program.

Opportunities After Graduation:
The range of job opportunities and skill needs is diverse, including:

  • Collision repair technicians
  • Automotive refinish technicians
  • Shop service writers
  • Collision repair sales
  • Collision estimators
  • Automotive glass installers


For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.

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Last modified: January 24, 2014