The Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program is a three-year program. The complexity of the modern automobile places this trade in the category of highly skilled. Since almost every family in America owns and operates at least one if not two automobiles, a well-trained Collision Repair/ Refinishing Technician will have a wide range of employment opportunities.

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This course emphasizes the practice of safety standards including methods used to protect the technician. Instruction is given in the removal of dents and imperfections in sheet metal, methods of refinishing, types of finishes, replacement of suspensions parts, also the repair and installation of electrical and mechanical components related to windows, doors, and air conditioning. Students learn basic tools and equipment as well as sheet metal welding and basic auto body skills. Computerized cost estimating, frame diagnosis, measuring, and pulling are also part of this program.

Students will learn the proper use of terms, effective oral communication, record-keeping and other clerical duties related to the collision repair industry. They learn the importance of liquid measurements for refinishing, detailing exterior and interior, body and frame alignment and installation of accessories, removing and installing glass, panel replacement and repair. Students will learn basic sheet metal welding.

Each year, students repair collision damage and refinish a donated vehicle. This car then is awarded to an outstanding senior student based on grades and attendance.

Job outlook indications reveal that employment potential for this occupation will be stable with continued steady growth expected.


  • Be self-motivated
  • Be able to work cooperatively in teams
  • Be able to learn required math specific to the program as well as written communication
  • Be physically able to lift heavy vehicle parts

For information on this occupation’s description, required knowledge, job tasks and related job titles, state/national wages and employment trends, visit the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s site for this career field.

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Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology


GACTC graduates can get a jump start on post-secondary education by taking advantage of the various articulation and/or dual enrollment opportunities. Review the college credit opportunities for the Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program.


  • Ford ACE (Automotive Career Exploration)
  • OSHA 10
  • PA Emissions Certification
  • PA Safety Inspector Category 1, 3
  • EPA 609

Brandon Hoover

Collision Repair/Refinishing Technology Teacher