School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology

Truax A2105
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6800
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6800

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Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 243-4169
or (800) 322-6282 ext. 4169


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Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 314051


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

Explore financial aid eligibility for Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

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To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.

  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.

  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

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 the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210  


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 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.

First Semester

Second Semester


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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