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Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician
Program Number: 314051
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
26 Credits | Finish diploma in 1 year
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  • Program Overview

    Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician is a one-year program at Madison College designed to provide students with skills necessary to enter the metal finishing and automotive refinishing/painting areas of the auto body and light truck trade. Students may also choose to go on to receive Madison College's Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician two-year technical diploma.

    As a student in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician Program, you will:

    • Learn the basic theories and principles used in the collision repair industry.
    • Work with various materials and systems on late-model vehicles and the proper collision repair considerations for each.
    • Exercise methods for diagnosing and resolving common collision repair issues.
    • Work to develop hands-on job skills such as metal inert gas (MIG) welding, panel replacement, metal forming, sheet metal alignment and finishing, and automotive refinishing/painting.

    Program Details

    Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician program offerings begin in the fall semester of each academic year.

    Students in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinish program must attend full time.

    Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician Program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

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    Earning your one-year technical diploma in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician program at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as a/an:  

    • Auto Body Disassembler/Assistant
    • Paint Prep Tech
    • Detailer

    With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

    • UniBody Repair Specialist
    • Manager/Shop Owner
    • Insurance Adjuster and Appraiser
    • Equipment and Supplies Specialist
    • Frame and Alignment Specialist

    Individuals choosing to enter professions in areas other than collision repair will also benefit from skills learned in the Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician Program; related careers could include, but are not limited to:

    • Insurance adjusting
    • Welding and fabrication
    • Auto glass installation
    • Industrial painting
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    First Semester
    5 credits
    Second Semester
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion

    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    MATC Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician program graduates are prepared with the following skills:  


    • Use safe technique and personal protection in compliance with OSHA regulations.

    Problem Solving

    • Apply logic and math to troubleshoot and solve auto body repair problems.


    • Communicate effectively both in oral and written format with customers, coworkers, and supervisors.

    Work Ethics/Employability

    • Demonstrate work ethics and professionalism by displaying initiative, positive attitude, flexibility, honesty, efficiency, and ability to work with all members of the team.

    Technical Skills

    • Repair or replace sheet metal and/or plastic body panels.
    • Refinish vehicle to pre-accident condition.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates22814
      Number of Surveys Sent22814
      Number of Surveys Returned5714
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment415
      Percent Available for Employment80.00%25.00%38.50%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.00%150.00%69.20%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed414
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%80.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation313
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%100.00%75.00%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%25.00%
      Employed - No Response100
      Percent Employed - No Response25.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment001
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%20.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.244
      Number of Satisfaction Responses5413
      Very Satisfied (4)2413
      Percent Very Satisfied40.00%100.00%100.00%
      Satisfied (3)200
      Percent Satisfied40.00%0.00%0.00%
      Unsatisfied (2)100
      Percent Unsatisfied20.00%0.00%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)000
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses5714
      Preparation for Getting a Job224
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job40.00%28.60%28.60%
      Career Change211
      Percent Career Change40.00%14.30%7.10%
      Improvement of Existing Skills002
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%0.00%14.30%
      Preparation for Further Education031
      Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%42.90%7.10%
      Personal Interest116
      Percent Personal Interest20.00%14.30%42.90%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses314
      Before Enrollment001
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%25.00%
      While Attending the College313
      Percent While Attending the College100.00%100.00%75.00%
      After Training at the College000
      Percent After Training at the College0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses513
      In College District413
      Percent In College District80.00%100.00%100.00%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin000
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Employer Location Unknown100
      Percent Location Unknown20.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count11
      Average Monthly Wage$2,580$4,300
      Average Hourly Wage$15.00$25.00
      Average Work Hours per Week4040
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
      Average Hourly Wage$13.75
      Average Work Hours per Week27.5
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Collision MastersAutomotive DetailerWaunakee
      O'Reilly Auto PartsPaint Specialist
      Sparkle Auto BodyPrep/Prime & Detail

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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