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  • Autobody Technology

    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 students have the necessary oral, written, and critical thinking skills to help with their professional responsibilities.

The Non-structural 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.

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Potential Job Titles

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  • Automotive Body Repairers
  • Vehicle Painters

Salary Data

Automotive Body Repairers
Average Wage: $27.55/hour
Top Earners: $43.70/hour

Vehicle Painters
Average Wage: $27.08/hour
Top Earners: $43.07/hour

Information gathered pertains to seven county metro area - careetwise.mnscu.edu

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.

Prerequisites

  • Minimum assessment score placement in Reading 0950 or completion of Reading 0900 with a C or higher;
  • Minimum assessment score placement in English 0090 or completion of English 0080 with a C or higher;
  • Arithmetic assessment score of 64 or higher or elementary algebra assessment score of 76 or higher
    • OR assessment score/ACT score placement into MATH 0070 or above
    • OR completion of MATH 0010 or MATH 0015 (previously) or MATH 0030 or MATH 0060 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 Campus, Room 2410.