Auto Collision Technologies


Collision Repair and Refinishing Core Courses

  • Introduction to Refinishing I and II
  • Introduction to Collision Repair
  • Collision Lab I
  • Advanced Refinishing I and II
  • Electronic Estimating
  • Advanced Collision Repair
  • Advanced Collision Production Tech
  • Refinishing Production Technician
  • Collision Production Technician

Students will earn a diploma in Collision Repair and Refinishing after completing the first year of the program.

AUTO Mechanics Core Courses

Many collision repair shops need employees who can also repair auto mechanics. The second year of the Auto Collision Technologies program will provide you with hands-on training in auto mechanics.

  • Auto Starting, Charging, and Electrical
  • Automotive Brake Systems
  • Automotive Advanced Brake Systems
  • Automotive Suspension and Steering
  • Automotive Manual Transmissions/Transaxles
  • Automotive Computerized Engine Controls
  • Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning

Students will earn an AAS in Auto Collision Technologies after completing the second year of the program.

Students can earn a second AAS degree with one additional year of study in Automotive Technology program.

Core courses in the Auto Collision Technologies program meet for 4-week terms allowing you to focus on one core course and one general education course at a time.

Purchasing Tools

Students in the Auto Collision Technologies program are required to purchase tools for use in program coursework.

First Year Required Tools List 2022–2023 [pdf]

Second Year Required Tools List 2022–2023 [pdf]

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Credits: 80
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates find work in collision repair centers and auto body shops doing vehicle restoration, collision repair and refinishing, body repair, and automotive customization. Positions include but are not limited to:

  • Auto body specialists and technicians
  • Auto refinisher
  • Auto frame/unibody technicians and specialists
  • Painters
  • Parts manager
  • Auto body product salespersons
  • Collision specialist
  • Estimator

With additional coursework and experience, graduates have become:

  • Body shop managers
  • Auto insurance adjusters
  • Auto appraisers

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Automotive Body and Related Repairers * $31,900 $46,200 $53,300
Automotive Glass Installers and Repairers $29,800 $39,700 $44,700
Insurance Appraisers, Auto Damage $35,900 $55,000 $64,700

Source: 2021 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

* Automotive Body and Related Repairers wages are based on an hourly wage. Most shops pay on commission base. When working on commission, technicians may be compensated on a per job basis and earn $75,000 – $120,000 per year.


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Anderson Collision Center Cedar Falls, IA
Billion Auto Clive, IA
Clemons Chevrolet Marshalltown, IA
Deery Brothers Collision Center Cedar Falls, IA
Dunlap Motors Independence, IA
Iowa Auto Rebuilders Waterloo, IA
Rydell Chevrolet Waterloo, IA
Tophat Automotive Syndicate Evansdale, IA
Witham Auto Centers Waterloo, IA

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