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Area of Study: Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Design, Manufacturing, Construction, and Applied Technologies
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Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

From expert repairs to extreme customs

Learn to make a car look like it just rolled off the assembly line in Austin Community College’s Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Program. Courses cover autobody construction, surface preparation, painting, dent repair, structural repair, and MIG welding. Upon completing the degree, students receive platinum designation as non-structural technicians and refinish technicians from the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and are ready to take the I-CAR welding test.

Skills You Gain

In a step-by-step process, students gradually build expertise in a wide range of job skills, by first performing projects on parts and sheet metal, then progressing to real cars. Using the industry’s latest tools and equipment, expert instructors help students master repair and modification techniques for materials such as plastics, fiberglass, aluminum, sheet metal, sheet molded compounds (SMC), and carbon fiber. Students may also learn customization techniques such as airbrushing, custom graphics and paint, carbon fiber, chopping, and shaving. Employers include large and small auto body shops, auto dealers, parts retailers and suppliers, and insurance companies.

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Job Titles & Career Information

Automotive Body and Related Repairers
18.87 Hourly Wage 729 Currently Employed
Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.
729 Automotive Body and Related Repairers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 9.6 % over the next four years.
Austin Community College MSA Map
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers
19.45 Hourly Wage 130 Currently Employed
Replace or repair broken windshields and window glass in motor vehicles.
130 Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers are employed. This number is expected to increase by 8.46 % over the next four years.
Austin Community College MSA Map

Data analysis of traditional and real-time labor market information (LMI) provided in collaboration with Emsi (Economic Modeling Specialists International), a CareerBuilder company.

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Program Maps

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Awards in this Program


Associate of Applied Science

Auto Body Collision Repair & Refinishing


Certificate Level 1

Auto Body Collision Repair & Refinishing- Body Refinishing
Auto Body Collision Repair & Refinishing- Collision Repair


Certificate Level 3

Auto Body & Refinishing ESC


Occupational Skills Award

Automotive Collision Repair & Refin Occupational Skills Awar
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Which award path is right for you?

ACC offers a variety of degree and certificate options to get you ready for the next step in your academic and career journey. Choosing the right award path is an important first step to reach your goals.

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