As long as there are cars, we’ll need fender bender menders. Sounds like built-in job security, doesn’t it?
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Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician
Program Number: 314051
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
Area of Study:
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
30 Credits | Finish training in as little as 1 year (programs vary)
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$4,230.00 Tuition
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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 MATC'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 2021-2022 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
    2 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.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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.

  • 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

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 3 3 22
      Number of Surveys Sent 3 3 22
      Number of Surveys Returned 2 3 5
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 1 2 4
      Percent Available for Employment 100.0% 100.0% 80.0%
      Not in Labor Market 1 1 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 100.0% 50.0% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 1 2 4
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 1 1 3
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.0% 50.0% 75.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 0 0
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employed - No Response 0 1 1
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 50.0% 25.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 0 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 4 4 3.2
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 1 2 5
      Very Satisfied (4) 1 2 2
      Percent Very Satisfied 100.0% 100.0% 40.0%
      Satisfied (3) 0 0 2
      Percent Satisfied 0.0% 0.0% 40.0%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 1
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 20.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 0 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 2 3 5
      Preparation for Getting a Job 0 0 2
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 0.0% 0.0% 40.0%
      Career Change 0 0 2
      Percent Career Change 0.0% 0.0% 40.0%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 0 1 0
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.0% 33.3% 0.0%
      Preparation for Further Education 1 1 0
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 50.0% 33.3% 0.0%
      Personal Interest 1 1 1
      Percent Personal Interest 50.0% 33.3% 20.0%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 0 1 3
      Before Enrollment 0 0 0
      Percent Before Enrollment 0.0% 0.0%
      While Attending the College 0 1 3
      Percent While Attending the College 100.0% 100.0%
      After Training at the College 0 0 0
      Percent After Training at the College 0.0% 0.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 1 2 5
      In College District 0 2 4
      Percent In College District 0.0% 100.0% 80.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 0 0
      Percent of In Wisconsin 100.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 1
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 20.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 1 1
      Average Monthly Wage $4,043 $3,096 $2,580
      Average Hourly Wage $23.51 $18.00 $15.00
      Average Work Hours per Week 45.0 45.0 40.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
      Average Hourly Wage $13.75
      Average Work Hours per Week 27.5
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      Collision Masters Detailer Waunakee
      Redline Watersports Gelcoat Technician
      Zimbrick Inc Detailer

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      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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