Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

Technical Diploma

Program Number: 324051

Credits: 60

Area of Study: Transportation

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $8,334.00
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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

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Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing


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 & 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.



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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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates8102
    Number of Surveys Sent8102
    Number of Surveys Returned561
    Percent of Surveys Returned62.50%60.00%50.00%
    Available for Employment361
    Percent Available for Employment60.00%100.00%100.00%
    Not in Labor Market200
    Percent Not in Labor Market40.00%0.00%0.00%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed351
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%83.30%100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation230
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation66.70%60.00%0.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation121
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation33.30%40.00%100.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment010
    Percent Seeking Employment0.00%16.70%0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)43.34
    Number of Satisfaction Responses361
    Very Satisfied (4)321
    Percent Very Satisfied100.00%33.30%100.00%
    Satisfied (3)040
    Percent Satisfied0.00%66.70%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 Responses561
    Preparation for Getting a Job130
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job20.00%50.00%0.00%
    Career Change001
    Percent Career Change0.00%0.00%100.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills020
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills0.00%33.30%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education300
    Percent Preparation for Further Education60.00%0.00%0.00%
    Personal Interest110
    Percent Personal Interest20.00%16.70%0.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses311
    Before Enrollment001
    Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%100.00%
    While Attending the College200
    Percent While Attending the College66.70%0.00%0.00%
    After Training at the College110
    Percent After Training at the College33.30%100.00%0.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses351
    In College District241
    Percent In College District66.70%80.00%100.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District110
    Percent of In Wisconsin33.30%20.00%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 Count23
    Average Monthly Wage$2,537 $2,250
    Average Hourly Wage$14.75 $13.08
    Average Work Hours per Week4443.3
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count
    Average Hourly Wage
    Average Work Hours per Week