Collision Repair and Refinishing


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Collision Repair
  • Basic Collision Procedures
  • Advanced Collision Repair
  • Collision Production Technology
  • Introduction to Refinishing
  • Refinishing II
  • Refinishing Applications
  • Refinishing Production Technology
  • Estimating I and II

Many core courses meet for 8-week terms.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 70
Program Start: Fall

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Graduates find work in collision repair centers, auto salvage businesses, and auto body shops doing vehicle restoration, collision repair and refinishing, body repair, and automotive customization as:

  • 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 $24,800 $38,800 $45,800
Transportation Equipment Painters $27,200 $34,900 $38,700

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


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

Business Location
Billion Auto Clive, IA
Black Hawk Auto Refinishers La Porte City, IA
Brimeyer Auto Body Dubuque, IA
Clemons Chevrolet Marshalltown, IA
Deery Brothers Collision Center Cedar Falls, IA
Droste’s Auto Care Waterloo, IA
Dunlap Motors Independence, IA
Iowa Auto Rebuilders Waterloo, IA
Rydell Chevrolet Waterloo, IA
Witham Auto Centers Waterloo, IA

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Contact Us

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