Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

Two Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 324051

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

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician is on a career pathway that includes this two-year technical diploma and a one-year technical diploma. Both will prepare you for a good job. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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 may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax

Explore financial aid eligibility for Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing


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

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.

 

Careers

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 

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  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    62
    Tuition
    $8463.00
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $6072.38
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Estimated Program Costs:
    (book costs not included)
    $14535.38
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 11 8 10
    Number of Surveys Sent 11 8 10
    Number of Surveys Returned 7 5 6
    Percent of Surveys Returned 63.60% 62.50% 60.00%
    Available for Employment 7 3 6
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
    Not in Labor Market 0 2 0
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 66.70% 0.00%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 7 3 5
    Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 100.00% 83.30%
    Employed in Related Occupation 7 2 3
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 100.00% 66.70% 60.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0 1 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 0.00% 33.30% 40.00%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 0 0 1
    Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 0.00% 16.70%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 4 3.3
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 7 3 6
    Very Satisfied 4 3 2
    Percent Very Satisfied 57.10% 100.00% 33.30%
    Satisfied 3 0 4
    Percent Satisfied 42.90% 0.00% 66.70%
    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 7 5 6
    Preparation for Getting a Job 6 1 3
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 85.70% 20.00% 50.00%
    Career Change 1 0 0
    Percent Career Change 14.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 0 0 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 0.00% 0.00% 33.30%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 3 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 60.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 0 1 1
    Percent Personal Interest 0.00% 20.00% 16.70%
    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 7 3 1
    Before Enrollment 0 0 0
    Percent Before Enrollment 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    While Attending the College 4 2 0
    Percent While Attending the College 57.10% 66.70% 0.00%
    After Training at the College 3 1 1
    Percent After Training at the College 42.90% 33.30% 100.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 7 3 5
    In College District 4 2 4
    Percent In College District 57.10% 66.70% 80.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 1 1 1
    Percent of In Wisconsin 14.30% 33.30% 20.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 14.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 14.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 2 3
    Average Monthly Wage $2,723 $2,537 $2,250
    Average Hourly Wage $15.83 $14.75 $13.08
    Average Work Hours per Week 43.6 44 43.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 34 127
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 4 11
    Total Jobs 38 138
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    Bergstrom Buick GMC Body Shop Estimator Green Bay
    Gerber Collision Auto Collision Technician
    Zimbrick Inc Body Technician

    * - 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.

    **** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at techconnect@madisoncollege.edu