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Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician
Program Number: 324051
Your Degree:
Technical Diploma
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Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
56 Credits | Finish diploma in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    The Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program at Madison College is a two-year technical diploma designed to provide students with the skills necessary to enter the collision repair industry.

    Emphasis is placed on returning damaged vehicles to previous condition with safe, manufacturer-specific repairs.

    As a student in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program, you will:

    • Understand the basic theories and principles used in the collision repair industry.
    • Learn about various materials and systems present 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.
    • Assess collision damage and create repair estimates with computerized estimating software commonly used in collision repair shops.
    • Evaluate structural damage using laser measuring system.
    • Repair structural damage using Chief Fuzion Straightening Solutions.
    • Practice structural welding and frame sectioning.
    • Perform plastic repairs on various types of automotive plastics. 
    • Learn concepts and processes related to automotive custom painting and airbrushing.
    • Create a work portfolio to present to potential employers.

    Program Details

    Students must start classes in the fall semester.

    Students in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician must attend full time.

    Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.


    Earning your two-year technical diploma in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program at Madison College prepares you for valuable work as:  

    • Auto Body Technician
    • Frame and Alignment Specialist
    • Unibody Repair Specialist
    • Painting Technician

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

    • Insurance Adjuster and Appraiser
    • Equipment and Supplies Specialist
    • Foreman/Manager/Shop Owner 
  • 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
    Third Semester
    Fourth 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

    Fall 2025

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2025

    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 & Refinishing Technician program graduates are prepared to enter the field with these effective workplace 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.

    Continuing Education
    Awareness of responsibility for continuing education to maintain and expand professional skills.

    Technical Skills

    • Repair or replace sheet metal and plastic body panels.
    • Restore the structural integrity of vehicle.
    • Remove and replace mechanical and electrical components.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates13
      Number of Surveys Sent13
      Number of Surveys Returned6
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment6
      Percent Available for Employment100.0%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market0.0%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed5
      Percent of Graduates Employed83.3%
      Employed in Related Occupation4
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation80.0%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation1
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation20.0%
      Employed - No Response0
      Percent Employed - No Response0.0%
      Seeking Employment1
      Percent Seeking Employment16.7%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.8
      Number of Satisfaction Responses6
      Very Satisfied (4)5
      Percent Very Satisfied83.3%
      Satisfied (3)1
      Percent Satisfied16.7%
      Unsatisfied (2)0
      Percent Unsatisfied0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses6
      Preparation for Getting a Job
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job
      Career Change
      Percent Career Change
      Improvement of Existing Skills
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills
      Preparation for Further Education
      Percent Preparation for Further Education
      Personal Interest
      Percent Personal Interest
      Percent Other16.7%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses5
      Before Enrollment0
      Percent Before Enrollment0.0%
      While Attending the College2
      Percent While Attending the College40.0%
      After Training at the College3
      Percent After Training at the College60.0%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses5
      In College District3
      Percent In College District60.0%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District1
      Percent of In Wisconsin20.0%
      Outside of Wisconsin0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown1
      Percent Location Unknown20.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend2023
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count3
      Average Monthly Wage$3,175
      Average Hourly Wage$18.46
      Average Work Hours per Week41.3
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
      Average Hourly Wage
      Average Work Hours per Week
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2023
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Auto Color IncAutobody & Paint TechnicianMiddleton
      Avenue Auto Body IncTechnicianMiddleton
      Gerber Products CompanyAutobody Technician Apprentice

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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