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Automotive Collision and Refinishing

Are you good with your hands? Do you enjoy working on cars and fixing things? A career in automotive collision and refinishing could be for you.

In this program, you’ll learn to repair and restore modern damaged vehicles to original manufacturer condition. You’ll study welding, sheet metal repair and replacement, fabrication and restoration techniques, frame and unibody repair, as well as repair and replacement of structural components. Much of your learning will take place as you work on actual project cars in our fully equipped, on-campus shop.

If you want to work in the rapidly growing automotive collision and refinishing industry, this program will provide you with the specialized training to succeed in the field.

  1. Understand the characteristics of metal and the principles of metal correction.
  2. Repair damaged bodies, frames, suspensions and sheet metal; remove and replace glass.
  3. Refinish complete vehicles and spot damaged areas with the latest in refinishing products and equipment.
  4. Estimate damage costs.
  5. Understand automotive electrical principles and minor services.
  6. Weld (wire feed) to industry standards.
  7. Understand basic shop operation.
  8. Understand hazardous waste management.
  9. Demonstrate shop safety practices.

Breaking Ground on Your Pathway


Math placement is not required for this program.
English placement is not required for this program.

Plan Your Courses

Meet with our counselors to customize this plan just for you. You can also search the quarterly schedule for class days and times.

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Total Program Credits: 14

Program Courses

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
ABF 270
Sheet Metal Restoration Welding Lab  
ABF 271
Sheet Metal Shaping Lab  
ABF 272
Bucks and Forms Lab  
ABF 273
Sheet Metal and Restoration and Repair  
ABF 275
Sheet Metal Restoration Welding  
ABF 276
Sheet Metal Shaping  
ABF 277
Bucks and Forms  
Total Credits
  • Tuition

  • Resident

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  • International

  • Avg. Books


Costs for completing a degree or certificate can vary. For more information about costs, visit our How Much Does it Cost? page.

  • Brent Lowe
    Brent Lowe
    Auto Coll and Refin Techn
    Certificate, San Mateo County Regional Occupational Program, Burlingame, California; certified A.S.E. collision repair estimator, technician; additional study: Automotive Management Institute, Bedford, Texas, I-CAR
  • Steven Mack
    Steven Mack
    Auto Coll and Refin Techn
    Certificate, Spokane Community College

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