Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

The Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing program prepares graduates for employment in the collision repair and refinishing industry.

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Students receive classroom and hands-on training in vehicle repair procedures and techniques. Students learn to use specialized tools, materials and techniques to straighten or replace damaged body panels and structural components as well as perform related mechanical and electrical repairs, restraint system repairs and stationary glass replacement.

Students also learn the latest procedures for partial and complete refinishing of automobile as well as custom painting techniques. Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical skills students learn and enhances oral and written communication skills, fundamental math skills and critical thinking ability. In addition to the regular technical and Arts & Sciences courses, students complete two summer experiences. The first summer features a production course at the College that focuses on customer vehicle work in the Collision Repair & Refinishing lab.

The second summer features either an internship at an approved collision repair facility or another production course on site at the College. Dunwoody’s programs utilize I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) training materials, and the program is an I-CAR Training Alliance Member. Instructors are also certified as master technicians by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and are I-CAR Gold Class professionals. The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, the branch of ASE which certifies and accredits automotive education programs, has certified the College in all areas of collision repair and refinishing.

Degree Information: 

Graduates earn an associate of Applied Science degree; the program takes two years (four semesters + two summer sessions) to complete.

Common Job Titles:

Detailer; Body Technician; Refinish Technician

Program Placement Rate: 100%

Data reflects placement for AY2013-14 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

Recent Employers:

ABRA; Luther Automotive; Morrie’s Automotive Group; Heppner’s Auto Body

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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