The Collision Repair and Refinishing program teaches the basic principles and terminology of the auto body repair industry. This hands-on repair program teaches metal work, basic painting and color matching, cost estimation, industry safety protocol, structural analysis, computer diagnostic systems, and welding in collision repair.
Apart from the core-curriculum, learners are trained for the job-seeking process through mock interviews and resume building workshops. During the program, accommodations and modifications are provided to high school students based on the IEP/504.
After completion of the two-year program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the I-CAR Platinum Cert and ASE Entry Level Certification – Mechanical and Electrical Components. Moreover, West-MEC offers these industry credential tests at no additional cost. Through the program specialization in automotive collision technology, students are provided a pathway to economic independence.
Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are: Collision repair technician, auto body customizer, painter/refinisher, trim mechanic, prepper, estimator, buffer, detailer, bodyman, collision estimator
This job field is suitable for those who love cars and can focus on the small details. With each client having different needs, there will always be something new to do without it becoming mundane.
Automotive Collision Technology Entry-level salary range: $14.39 – $18.45 per hour*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment & Wages