Students in our autobody program are reshaping cars and reshaping their futures every day.

Program Overview

Pursuing a career as an auto body technician is a rewarding challenge that will present you with the opportunity to combine a variety of skills. Painting and restoration calls for a combination of art, science, and technique that requires an understanding of new products and technology to perform high-quality work. This program starts with the basics and quickly moves into total collision repair—from assessing damage to complete reconditioning. You will also learn state-of-the-art, custom-painting techniques, and so much more.

What will you learn to do?

  • Assess vehicle repair costs
  • Repair vehicle frames and bodies
  • Painting and paint finishing, including graphics work
  • Detailing work

What kind of degree(s) can you earn?

* This PTC not eligible for federal financial aid due to program length

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Requirements

Degree Plan

* This PTC not eligible for federal financial aid due to program length

Orientation: Orientation Sign Up

Students who are registered for the program must attend a mandatory orientation session. Orientation will be held at the Micron Center for Professional Technical Education. Students who are registered for the program will receive a reminder email thru their myCWI email account regarding orientation. Any student who is interested in learning more about the program and requirements may also attend.

Instructor Info

Program Chair:
Sean McConnachie
208.562.2356
seanmcconnachie@cwidaho.cc

Instructor:
Terry Music
terrymusic@cwidaho.cc

Career Info

What kind of career can you expect?

In our highly mobile society, cars and trucks are a staple of life—and the more vehicles on the road, the more need for skilled auto body technicians.

Auto body/collision repair technicians work in collision repair shops, automotive repair shops, insurance adjusting, custom hot rod/restorations, custom bike, detail, truck painting, and frame straightening shops, and even marine repair shops. Many choose to be self-employed and open their own business for auto body repair. The work is physical and demanding, but fulfilling.

Auto body techs bring dramatic results to all types of damaged vehicles. This career offers opportunities for technical precision, mechanical skills, and creative style.

What skills, traits, or prep classes would be helpful?

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Solid math skills
  • Good eyesight
  • Awareness of potential health risks from dust and paint
    particles, especially for asthma and allergies
  • Willingness to work in a dusty and potentially hazardous
    environment
  • Ability to lift heavy objects
  • Ability to evaluate and make decisions