Auto Collision

WHAT DOES AN AUTO COLLISION REPAIR SPECIALIST DO?

If you have a passion for repairing vehicles using the latest technology, consider a career in auto collision repair. Specialists repair and refinish all types of damaged vehicles, with each one presenting new and different challenges. Our grads practice their skills in our newly remodeled automotive lab using current industry standards and earning employer-valued certifications. Looking for a top-notch auto body repair school? Washburn Tech offers yet another innovative way to pull ahead of the competition and put your career in drive.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Washburn Tech is one of the area’s top collision repair schools. Our program will prepare you with technical knowledge and skills to repair, reconstruct and finish automobile bodies. Our curriculum meets industry requirements and covers the areas of structural, non-structural, mechanical, electrical, painting, refinishing, damage estimation and safety. Students also receive hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art lab. For those who qualify, job shadowing and on-the-job training are available and may lead to career placement. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in two semesters, while part-time and high school students can finish in four semesters.  Upon completion, you will earn a 50 credit hour technical certificate and be eligible to complete an associate degree or more advanced degrees at Washburn University.

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK

Employment of auto collision repair specialists is predicted to hold steady, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Job candidates skilled in using the latest technology have an advantage in this job market. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average entry-level salary for an auto body repairer in 2012 was $12.38 an hour or $25,740 annually. The average wage was $18.70 an hour or $38,900 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $25,740 $12.38
Average $38,900 $18.70

CERTIFICATIONS

  • I-CAR PRO – Level 1 Refinish and Non-Structural
  • I-CAR Steel Welding
  • Intro to Collision Repair
  • 6-H
  • SP-2 Safety & Pollution Prevention
  • SP-2 Safety & Pollution Safety
  • OSHA-10