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Madison WI 53704

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Madison WI 53704

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


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Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

Two Year Technical Diploma

Program number: 324051


The Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program at Madison College is a two-year program 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

This program is not offered online.

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing


To Apply

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

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.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester
Third Semester

2 credits

Fourth Semester

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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