Auto Collision Repair and Refinish Technician

One Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 314051

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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Gainful Employment Disclosure - 2019

  • This program is designed to be completed in 32 weeks.
  • This program will cost $7166.20 if completed within normal time.
  • Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt. 
  • The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Wisconsin

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing


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Admission

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. 

Questions?

Contact Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210  

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 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.

Outcomes

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

Safety

  • 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.

Communication

  • 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.

 

Careers

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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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    30
    Tuition
    $4095.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $3071.20
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $7166.20
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 5 19 3
    Number of Surveys Sent 5 18 3
    Number of Surveys Returned 5 17 2
    Percent of Surveys Returned 100.00% 94.40% 66.70%
    Available for Employment 2 9 1
    Percent Available for Employment 66.70% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 3 8 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 100.00% 88.90% 100.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 2 8 1
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 88.90% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 1 6 1
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 50.00% 75.00% 100.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 2 0
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 25.00% 0.00%
    Employed - No Response 1 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 50.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 1 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 11.10% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3 3.7 4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 2 9 1
    Very Satisfied 0 6 1
    Percent Very Satisfied 0.00% 66.70% 100.00%
    Satisfied 2 3 0
    Percent Satisfied 100.00% 33.30% 0.00%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 5 17 2
    Preparation for Getting a Job 1 6 0
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 20.00% 35.30% 0.00%
    Career Change 0 0 0
    Percent Career Change 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 2 0
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 11.80% 0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 3 8 1
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 60.00% 47.10% 50.00%
    Personal Interest 1 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 20.00% 5.90% 50.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 1 8 0
    Before Enrollment 0 4 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 50.00%
    While Attending the College 0 2 0
    Percent While Attending the College 0.00% 25.00%
    After Training at the College 1 2 0
    Percent After Training at the College 100.00% 25.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 2 8 1
    In College District 1 7 0
    Percent In College District 50.00% 87.50% 0.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 1 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 12.50% 100.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 0 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 50.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 4 1
    Average Monthly Wage $2,580 $2,172 $4,043
    Average Hourly Wage $15.00 $12.63 $23.51
    Average Work Hours per Week 41 42.5 45
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2
    Average Hourly Wage $11.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 22.5
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 5 70
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 0 2
    Total Jobs 5 72
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Target Stores Fabrication, Painting & Bodywork Pewaukee

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

    *** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

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