Auto Body / Collision Repair Technology

The average driver is involved in three to four fender benders during their driving lifetime. That’s bad news for drivers and good news for anyone considering a career in the collision repair industry.

In our Auto Body/ Collision Repair Technology program, students are introduced to the following skills as they learn what it takes to return crash-damaged vehicles to pre-accident condition:

  • Removing and installing panels, wheel assembly, wheels and tires: aiming headlights
  • Removing and installing interior and exterior trim and hardware, such as seats and emblems
  • Removing and installing door regulators, moveable glass and stationary glass
  • Attaching structural components with adhesives and by welding
  • Preparing vehicles and equipment for refinishing; applying paint and detailing

Students hone their skills through a combination of expert instruction and hands-on training in a program lab outfitted with Welbilt spray booths, a Chief Goliath™ frame rack and other industry-standard equipment. Once they’ve mastered fundamentals like replacing damaged parts, students advance to metal finishing, applying body fillers, frame pulling and more.

The proper use of safety equipment, conducting damage analysis, producing damage estimates and customer service are important elements of the program, too. Upperclassmen are encouraged to bolster their skills and experience by securing internships or co-op positions with local body shops and auto dealerships.

Our Diesel Medium & Heavy Truck Technology program is accredited by the following organization:

NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)

Industry Credentials

Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology students can earn the following certifications and credentials in high school:

  • ASE Student Certification via NATEF
  • AYES Certification via Automotive Youth Educational Systems
  • S/P2 Automotive Certification via S/P2

College Credits

Statewide and local articulation agreements known as SOAR and ACES, respectively, allow students to earn college credit for their work in the Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology program.

  • This program also has an articulation agreement with Automotive Training Center.

Career Paths

with industry credentials:

  • Automotive Glass Installer
  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Refinish Technician
  • Service/Parts Clerk
  • Service Writer

with credentials and experience:

  • Auto Body Shop Owner
  • Custom Painter
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Manufacturers’ Representative
  • Service/Parts Manager

PROGRAM DETAILS

Teacher: Carey Troxell

Email: troxellc@lcti.org

Teacher: Harry Mericle

Email: mericleh@lcti.org

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Industry Partners

Representatives from the following local businesses serve on the Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology program’s Occupational Advisory Council:

  • Bennett Toyota
  • Rothrock
  • Star Buick GMC
  • State Farm
  • Supreme Auto Body

Student Organizations

Auto Body/Collision Repair Technology students are eligible for membership in the following Career & Technical Student Organizations, or CTSOs:

  • SkillsUSA

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Our mission at LCTI is to prepare all students for successful careers and lifelong learning.