Auto Body/Collision Repair Programs
Positions in the motor vehicle repair industry demand advanced training which students can gain at official auto technician programs. National standards formed by the U.S. automotive industry determine what tasks trainees need to master. Many technical and community colleges offer two-year associate's degrees to facilitate entry into the field. For example, there are associate's in science degrees in auto body technology, collision repair and automotive high performance. These degree seekers may take courses on mechanical and electrical work, non-structural analysis and damage repair. Collision refurbishing technicians may eventually choose to specialize, for example, in painting and refinishing. Students in these courses may become familiar with the detailed functioning of automatic transmission, brakes, electrical systems, heating, air conditioning, suspension and steering. They may also learn how to assess and repair engines.