Collision Repair Technology

PDE Program of Study - CIP Code 47.0603

Most of the damage resulting from everyday vehicle collisions can be repaired, and vehicles can be refinished to look and drive like new.  Collision Repair Technology repairer straighten bent bodies, remove dents, and replace crumpled parts that cannot be fixed.  They repair all types of vehicles, and although some work on large trucks, buses, or tractor-trailers, most work on cars and small trucks.  They can work alone, with only general direction from supervisors, or as specialists on a repair team.  In some shops, helpers or apprentices assist experienced repairers.

Each damaged vehicle presents different challenges for repairers.  Using the broad knowledge of automotive construction and repair techniques, collision repair technology repairers must decide how to handle each job based on what the vehicle is made of and what needs to be fixed.  They must first determine the extent of the damage and order any needed parts.

The Collision Repair Technology program is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair damaged automotive vehicles such as automobiles and light trucks.  Students learn to examine damaged vehicles and estimate cost of repairs; remove repair and replace upholstery, accessories, electrical and hydraulic window and seat operating equipment and trim to gain access to vehicle body and fenders; remove and replace glass; repair dented areas; replace excessively damaged fenders, panels and grills; straighten bent frames or auto body structures using hydraulic jacks and pulling devices; and file, grid and sand repaired surfaces using power tools and hand tools.  Students refinish repaired surfaces by painting with primer and finish coat.

Career Possibilities:


Refinisher Technician

Alignment Technician


Automotive Body and Related Repairers

Automotive Class Installers and Repairers


Shop Manager

Fiberglass Repairer

Paint Preparer


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