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Collision Repair Technology

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Summary of Program

A: A two-year elective program consists of Basic and Advanced Panel Repair, Plastic Repair, Plasma Arc Cutting, Mig-Welding, Basic and Advanced Body & Frame Alignment Trim, Accessories, Hardware, and Glass Replacements, Steering and Suspension, Electrical Systems, Estimates of Repair Costs, Paint Preparation and Painting, Detailing and Buffing, and Safety

  • The Ultimate goals of the program are to see the student successfully demonstrate the ability to:
    • Restore a damaged metal, plastic, or fiberglass panel with the proper materials and achieve the original appearance.
    • Install replacement parts that bolt on making necessary adjustments for the correct fit
    • Use proper welding and cutting techniques when needed for repairs.
    • Select the proper materials for sanding in order to refinish a vehicle correctly.
    • Apply modern paint products with modern equipment to achieve the new looking appearance expected when repairs are completed.
    • Estimate the costs of repairs correctly.
    • Be proficient in all these skills in order to meet job entry level standards.
    • Continue Technical Education training at a two-year college.
    • Obtain employment in the Collision Repair Industry.
    • Be proficient in taking ASE and I-Car certification tests.

Q: What are the prerequisite skills needed to begin in the program, if any:

A: Prefer some knowledge of tools and ability to complete tasks on the computer for certifications

Q: What credentials or certificates can be obtained in a 1, 2, and 3 year period in the program:

A: Credentials I-Car Intro to Collision, I-Car Platinum Painting and Refinish and Non-Structural, ASE

Q:  What post-secondary options are available:

A:  State Colleges, UTI, Wyotech, and Lincoln

Q: Where to go find more information:

A: Work: (205) 682-6587;  Email: 
Collision Repair Education Foundation:


M. McCary

Mark McCary

  • ASE and I-Car Certifications

Work Experience

  • 15 years in industry in both an independent shop and a dealership

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