Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 314051

Credits: 30

Area of Study: Transportation

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $4,167.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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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To Apply

After Acceptance

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


Contact Enrollment Services at or (608) 246-6210  


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 program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


There are currently no Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review our Transfer Opportunities page for information on all Madison College transfer options.


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.



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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates1933
    Number of Surveys Sent1833
    Number of Surveys Returned1723
    Percent of Surveys Returned94.40%66.70%100.00%
    Available for Employment912
    Percent Available for Employment52.90%50.00%66.70%
    Not in Labor Market811
    Percent Not in Labor Market47.10%50.00%33.30%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed812
    Percent of Graduates Employed88.90%100.00%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation611
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation75.00%100.00%50.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation200
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation25.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employed - No Response001
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%50.00%
    Seeking Employment100
    Percent Seeking Employment11.10%0.00%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.744
    Number of Satisfaction Responses912
    Very Satisfied (4)612
    Percent Very Satisfied66.70%100.00%100.00%
    Satisfied (3)300
    Percent Satisfied33.30%0.00%0.00%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%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 Responses1723
    Preparation for Getting a Job600
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job35.30%0.00%0.00%
    Career Change000
    Percent Career Change0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills201
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills11.80%0.00%33.30%
    Preparation for Further Education811
    Percent Preparation for Further Education47.10%50.00%33.30%
    Personal Interest111
    Percent Personal Interest5.90%50.00%33.30%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses801
    Before Enrollment400
    Percent Before Enrollment50.00%0.00%0.00%
    While Attending the College201
    Percent While Attending the College25.00%0.00%100.00%
    After Training at the College200
    Percent After Training at the College25.00%0.00%0.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses812
    In College District702
    Percent In College District87.50%0.00%100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District110
    Percent of In Wisconsin12.50%100.00%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin000
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count411
    Average Monthly Wage$2,172 $4,043 $3,096
    Average Hourly Wage$12.63 $23.51 $18.00
    Average Work Hours per Week42.54545
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count2
    Average Hourly Wage$11.00
    Average Work Hours per Week22.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Zimbrick Inc Painter/Prep

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