West-MEC’s two-year Collision Repair and Refinishing program offers comprehensive education and training to students who are committed to building a career as a collision repair technician or any career related to reshaping and restoring vehicles.
The program teaches the basic principles and terminology of the auto body repair industry. This hands-on repair program teaches metalwork, 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, students are trained for the job-seeking process through mock interviews and résumé-building workshops. Accommodations and modifications are provided to high school students during the program based on the IEP/504.
West-MEC’s auto collision repair and refinishing program combines academics, industry technology, and work-based learning that prepares students for actual workplace experience. Hands-on instructions, student practices, school-based enterprises, mock interviews, and job shadowing are some of the practical activities that students are regularly exposed to. Through CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organizations) integration, leadership skills are developed and honed.
After completing the two-year program, successful candidates will be prepared to seek one or more certifications like the I-CAR intro series, ASE student Non-Structural and Refinish certifications, 6H environmental certification, and NC3 Meters and Torque certification.
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.
Year 1 lasts 16 weeks, while Year 2 is equivalent to 15 weeks.
Careers that a student could pursue after receiving their certification(s) are:
- Body Repair Tech
- Body repair helper
- Paint Tech
- Painters helper
- Automotive Customization
- Vehicle Accessory installer
- Shop Estimator
- Insurance Estimator
- Glass installer
- Specialty parts installer
- Window tinter
- Vehicle dealer accessory sales
- Vehicle Wrap Designer/Installer
- Mobility Van Conversions
These are just some of the career opportunities available to successful students. There are many other job options in the automotive collision and refinish industry.
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
Scope & Sequence
CTE Technical Standards
CTE Professional Skills Standards
Advisory Council Information
Collision Repair and Refinishing Career Tree
Professional Skills Rubric