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

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



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 $29,500 $41,100 $49,400
Transportation Equipment Painters $30,800 $39,800 $44,300

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development 

Graduates may work overtime or on commission in this field. Overtime and commission are not included in the above wages.


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

Business Location
Billion Auto Clive, IA
Brimeyer Auto Body Dubuque, 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
Witham Auto Centers Waterloo, IA

Admissions Requirements

This program is not currently accepting admissions applications.

For more information contact the Admissions office at 319-296-4000.

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Student Success Specialist Natasha Ceasar Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1062 Butler Hall 122
Buchanan Hall 126
Program Advisor Terry Van Dyke Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1119 Butler Hall 107B
Administrative Assistant 319-296-4009 Buchanan Hall 128
Dean Dave Grunklee Email me 319-296-4042 Butler Hall 131A
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