Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Graduate from Dunwoody’s Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing associate’s degree program with the skills necessary for a successful career in collision repair. In two years, you will be qualified to work at any number of leading auto body shops and dealerships.

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Experience Collision Repair at Dunwoody

While at Dunwoody College, you will receive classroom and hands-on training in all aspects of vehicle collision repair and refinishing. Learn how to straighten and replace damaged body panels, complete custom paint jobs, and perform mechanical and electrical repairs—all in Dunwoody’s collision repair shop, which includes a state-of-the-art paint booth.

Courses like:
– Panel Replacement
– Auto Body Welding
– Plastic Repairs
– Automotive Refinishing & Detailing
– Damage Analysis & Estimating
– Structural Analysis, Measuring & Repair
– Custom Painting

…are revised frequently, ensuring you are up-to-date with the latest models and newest technologies.

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), the branch of ASE which certifies and accredits automotive education programs, has accredited the College in all areas of collision repair and refinishing.

Photo of industry professional using Dunwoody's paint booth.Additional benefits of Dunwoody’s Collision Repair & Refinishing program include:
– A summer internship at an approved collision repair facility.
– Preparation to take equivalency tests for I-CAR credits and pass ASE certification tests.
– Training from ASE-certified Master Instructors, which means you will learn from professionals who have worked directly in—and have been certified by—the automotive industry.
– Extensive use of I-CAR training materials and the NATEF Collision Repair Task List, providing you with the necessary information, education and skills to safely repair and refinish vehicles.
– A state-of-the-art paint booth, where you can learn how to properly apply waterborne-based paint to a newly repaired vehicle.

Degree Information

Graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program takes two years (four semesters and two summer sessions) to complete. Classes within this program are offered during the day. You can also go on to earn a bachelor’s completion degree in Applied Management.

With Your Degree

Common Job Titles
Possible job titles upon graduation include:
– Detailer
– Paint Prepper
– Collision Repair Technician
– Refinishing Technician
– Estimator

Recent Employers
Companies that hire our graduates include:
-Heppner’s Collision
-Luther Automotive Group
-Master Collision Group
-Morrie’s Automotive Group
-Village Automotive Group

For additional information on automotive career paths and current job openings, visit

Program Placement Rate: 100%

Data reflects placement for AY2014-15 graduates indicating employment in their field of study within 6 months following graduation. Full data calculations are available for review during College open hours Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT at Career Services or contact

National Median Salary: $50,390

SOURCE: Based on May 2014 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates for the state of Minnesota published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics,

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