Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 104051

Graduates of this program gain all of the technical training and career potential offered by the Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician technical diploma program - plus the opportunity to pursue a supervisory or management career in the collision repair industry. Typical careers include insurance adjuster/appraiser, collision center owner, collision center manager and manufacturer's representative. As a program graduate, you may also transfer credit to a four-year college to further your career options. This program is ASE Certified to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Standards.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician, 324051

Employment Potential

Along with technical diploma employment opportunities, a graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas also:

  • Insurance Adjuster/Appraiser: Works closely with collision repair facilities to negotiate repair procedures and repair costs.
  • Collision Center Owner: Owns and operates their own collision repair facility. May have several employees working for them.
  • Collision Center Manager: Oversees all aspects of the collision center operation; including writing estimates, working with insurance companies, and managing employees.
  • Manufacturers Representative: Represents various manufacturers of paint and body supplies in either sales or as a technical representative.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

  • Tech-Ed Teacher
  • Collision Repair and Refinishing Instructor
  • Automotive Engineer
  • Insurance Adjuster or Appraiser

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Please note that all new students apply to the technical diploma program. While attending you may later have the associate degree added.
Curriculum: Students following the study plan below will complete the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
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Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Repair and replace non-structural body panels and parts.
  • Refinish non-structural and structural body panels and parts.
  • Diagnose and repair damaged vehicle structural panels and parts.
  • Perform collision repair welding and joining procedures.
  • Estimate collision repair costs.
  • Diagnose and repair body-related systems.
  • Diagnose and repair damaged body-related mechanical systems.

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Industry Credentials

All NWTC Auto Collision programs are ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards. Additionally, all instructional staff in the NWTC Auto Collision Programs are, at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians.


National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence | Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association | Bay Auto Body Association | National Auto Body Congress | Collision Repair Instructors Network

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit

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