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Auto Body Technology

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Delivery: Daytime classes only
Start: Fall Semester Only; Full- or Part-Time

Prerequisite and General Education/MnTC courses are available in a mix of daytime, evening, and online classes; Fall, Spring, and Summer; Full- or Part-Time

Automotive Body Technician — Diploma (60 credits)
Nonstructural Repair — Certificate (30 credits)

About the Program


The Automotive Body Technician Diploma program is designed to expose students to all facets of the auto body industry: unibody and frame; computer estimating; damage analysis; refinishing and major structure repair. This diploma prepares students to meet the collision industry’s expectations of a quality entry-level technician. In addition to these core concepts, the general education courses required will help ensure that you have the necessary oral, written, and critical thinking skills to help you with your professional responsibilities.

The Nonstructural Repair Certificate is designed for students interested in repairing minor impact damage and car detailing. Students may be employed in entry-level positions, such as painters’ helpers.

Articulation Agreements


Articulation agreements provide students with educational plans that help them transfer into four-year colleges and universities.

Potential Job Titles


Automotive Body Repairers
Vehicle Painters

Salary Data


  • Automotive Body Repairers
    Average Wage: $25.87/hour
    Top Earners: $39.07/hour
  • Vehicle Painters
    Average Wage: $27.89/hour
    Top Earners: $49.03/hour
(seven county metro area - www.iseek.org)

Learning Outcomes


Auto Body Technology Technician - Diploma 60 Credits

  • Students are exposed to all facets of the auto body industry.
  • Students meet the collision industry’s expectation of a quality entry-level technician.
  • Students have the necessary oral, written, and critical-thinking skills to help them with their professional responsibilities in the auto body industry.

Auto Body Technology Nonstructural Repair - Certificate 30 Credits

  • Students are exposed to all facets of the auto body industry.
  • Students meet the collision industry’s expectation of a quality entry-level technician.
  • Students have the necessary oral, written, and critical-thinking skills to help them with their professional responsibilities in the auto body industry.

Program Prerequisites


  • Minimum assessment score placement in Reading 0090 or completion of Reading 0080 with a C or higher;
  • Minimum assessment score placement in English 0090 or completion of English 0080 with a C or higher;
  • NEW: Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher OR completion of MATH 0010 (previously) or MATH 0015 or MATH 0030 with a grade of C or higher.
    • We strongly encourage students who score below 64 to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss their review and course options PRIOR to Math assessment retesting or registering for a Math course. Contact the Advising, Counseling and Career Center at 651.779.3285, West 2410.

Contact Information


Admissions Office 651.773.1700 admissions@century.edu Room 2350 West
Counseling & Advising Office 651.779.3285 Ask Century Room 2410 West
Financial Aid Office 651.779.3305 finaid@century.edu Room 2320 West

Program Contact Information


Steve Counce 651.779.5772 stephen.counce@century.edu Room 1625 East