Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Program Description

This Automotive Service Excellence certified program provides students with hands-on training within a state of the industry lab. Students participate in the ICAR Program preparing for industry-recognized Platinum Certification and will learn the technology of repairing, refinishing, and painting damaged parts and bodies of today’s high-tech automobiles. In this two-year program, students gain real-world work experience in local auto dealerships and repair facilities. Students also have the opportunity to join and compete in SkillsUSA, a national student organization. College credit may be earned at Delta College, Washtenaw Community College, Lincoln Technical College, and Ohio Technical College

Program Content

    Personal Management and Employability Skills
    Non-structural Analysis / Damage Repair
    Painting and Refinishing
    Plastics and Adhesives
    Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
    Computer-based Estimating
    Technical Communications
    Ethics and Legal Responsibilities

Special Features

Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills valued by employers.

12th grade students will complete and present senior projects

Automotive YES sponsored paid summer internships are available to qualifying junior students.

Unpaid work experience

Co-op and Paid Work Experience may be available. Tech Prep Program


4.0 cr. Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Student Certifications

NATEF / ASE, Automotive YES, SP2, CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Requirements

Today’s technology requires strong reading and math skills for success in the automotive field.
Text reading level: 9th grade
Ability to read, understand and apply technical information
Mathematics: measurements, fractions, percentages, and cost-time estimates

Safety Requirements:

Safety shoes
Proper work clothes
Students must complete safety competencies before they are allowed to work in the lab
Must adhere to all MIOSHA, OSHA, and state and federal rules and regulations


Student must be free of allergies from dust, paint, and fumes
Good muscular and eye-hand coordination, physical stamina and strength
Work independently with minimal supervision
Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy

Career Possibilities

Collision Repair Technician, Painting / Refinishing Technician, Collision Estimator, Insurance Company Claims Adjuster, Body Shop Manager