Auto Body and Collision Technology

auto body and collision technologyFix Your Sights on Auto Body Collision Repair

Whether you’re a detail person or prefer to focus on the big picture, there’s a place for your talents in the auto body and collision technology industry. Becoming a professional auto body and collision technology specialist is a career that has longevity and ample opportunities for specialization or future diversification.

The Auto Body and Collision Technology program at South Central College is an I-CAR training alliance program member that will help you take your passion for cars to a new level with its I-CAR (Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) industry credentialed curriculum. After completing the program, you will have I-CAR ProLevel 1 designation (Refinish Technician and Non-Structural Technician), which is highly sought after by hiring managers.  Graduates can also test for up to 21 more certifications (16/I-CAR, 5/ASE.) More on I-CAR can be found at  

ASE (the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence) certifications are available through this program and include: Non-Structural Technician, Structural Technician, Refinish Technician and Auto Collision Mechanical.  Optional independent testing can be done for Air Conditioning sponsored by ASE.  More information on ASE can be found at

SCC’s Auto Body and Collision Technology instructors are I-CAR Platinum Class professionals, the highest designation possible and certified as ASE Master Technicians as well, continually undergoing advanced training to keep these designations current.

Through hands-on training with high-level instructors, you’ll master vehicle repair procedures and techniques using specialized tools and materials. You’ll learn to:

  • Straighten or replace damaged auto body panels and structural components
  • Repair collision-related mechanical and electrical malfunctions
  • Replace stationary glass
  • Make restraint system repairs
  • Partially/completely refinish automobiles
  • Utilize custom painting techniques

Admission Dates: Fall Semester
South Central College Credentials:

Location: North Mankato Campus

The Auto Body and Collision Technology Program Includes Coursework In:

  • Structural repair (frame and unibody) and damage analysis
  • Non-structural (sheet metal) repair and damage analysis
  • Auto body welding
  • Custom body painting techniques
  • Refinishing operations
  • Glass, trim and hardware service operations
  • Damage appraisal and shop management
  • Related electrical/mechanical service

Employment Outlook

Job Statistics

Region2016 Jobs2021 Jobs% ChangeMedian Hourly WageMedian Annual Wage
SCC Surrounding Area 366 369 0.8% $18.40 $38,272
State 4,722 4,873 2.4% $21.02 $43,721

Source: EMSI

Program Placement

Placement StatusFY11FY12FY13FY14FY15

Program Grads Placed*

67% 92% 100% 100% 100%

Program Grads Continuing Education+

13% 0% 0% 38% 25%

* Percent of graduates available for employment placed in related occupation
+ Percent of graduates continuing their education 


Program Advisors
Dan Boddy
(507) 389-7215
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 Jay Winters
(507) 389-7455
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