Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Automotive Collision Repair Technology - Certificate - Non-Structural Repair

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is an I-CAR Industry Training Alliance member.

Employment Information

Data are provided on a program (not credential) level

94% BTC graduate placement rate1

$35,883 starting annual wage2
$44,165 average annual wage2
$58,603 potential annual wage2

 

  • Employment and Wage Data Sources

    1Employment data come from the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) and reflect WA/OR employment for students enrolled at BTC between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Students are included in the employment rate if they left with a credential. Rates are not shown for programs with fewer than 10 students meeting the above criteria.

    2Wage data come from Washington State Employment Security Department (ESD) 2020 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates (Washington State wage) and reflect 2015-2018 employment. Wage data represent occupations that BTC faculty have identified as the most relevant career paths for program graduates. Note that these wages reflect employees with varying educational levels/credentials. For cases in which multiple occupations have been identified by faculty, a weighted percentile is calculated using each occupation’s percentile wage and employment size estimate. Wages are not shown for programs for which occupations do not meet the ESD’s minimum thresholds for publishing. If the program has wage data from the Washington SBCTC that involves shift work, these ESD wages reflect the same number of hours used in the annual wage calculation. Starting wage = 25th percentile, median wage = 50th percentile, wage potential = 75th percentile.

Estimated Program Costs

Entry Information

When Can I Start?

New fall 2021 program start registrations have been suspended and will resume fall of 2022.

What are the Minimum Entry Requirements?

ACCUPLACER Classic (valid for 5 years from testing date):
  • Reading Comprehension score of 71 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
  • Sentence Skills score of 71 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher
  • Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a grade of C or higher
ACCUPLACER Next-Generation (starting January 23, 2019):
  • Reading score of 247 or RDG 085 with a grade of C or higher
  • Writing score of 245 or ENGL 092 with a grade of C or higher
  • Arithmetic score of 230 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a grade of C or higher

What are My Next Steps?

Classes

Total Program Credits: 31

  • Quarter 1

  • CRT 101Introduction to Shop Safety3 CR
  • CRT 102Automotive Refinishing Basics10 CR
  • CRT 103New Technology and Exterior Trim3 CR
  • Quarter 2

  • CRT 121Removable Panels & Glass3 CR
  • CRT 122Non-Structural Body Repair8 CR
  • CRT 123Auto Collision Exterior Lighting & Plastics4 CR

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Collision Repair Technology Non-Structural Repair Certificate Program will be able to:

  • Use basic industry tools, equipment and hazardous materials safely.
  • Diagnose and repair basic non-structural auto body damage to I-CAR standards.
  • Diagnose and repair various types of plastic and composites used in the automotive industry.
  • Apply basic refinishing concepts to industry standards.

Employment Outlook

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair Technology program and Automotive Refinishing certificate will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

The average annual wage in this field is $51,792, with an earning potential of about $75,462 per year.*

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