Auto Body Technology


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.

Why This Program

The College of Western Idaho Auto Body Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the auto body repair industry. Students will work with the newest paints and equipment in an up-to-date, well-equipped facility and learn the skills and traits that local industry professionals have deemed necessary to be successful in the field of auto body repair and painting.

What You Will Learn to Do

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


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Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Auto Body Technology, Associate of Applied Science



Delivery Formats:

Auto Body Technology, Advanced Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Auto Body Technology, Intermediate Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Auto Body Technology 1, Basic Technical Certificate



Delivery Formats:

Auto Body Technology 2, Basic Technical Certificate



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Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Spring 2017 Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Registration Open November 14 April 10 April 10
Financial Aid Priority Date December 5 May 15 July 10
Admission Deadline December 30 May 19 August 4
Last Day to Register January 13 June 2 August 18
Tuition and Fees Due January 13 June 2 August 18
Classes Begin January 17* June 5* August 21
*Some classes begin before or after this date. See the class schedule for more information.

Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes

  • 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


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Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

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 businesses 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.


  • Shop Owner
  • Shop Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Paint Shop Manager
  • Parts Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Claims Manager
  • Parts Orderer
  • Parts Runner
  • Estimator
  • Insurance Estimator
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Body Technician
  • Mid Technician
  • Body Apprentice
  • Paint Technician
  • Paint Prepper
  • Custom Painter
  • Airbrush Artist
  • Custom Metal Fabricator
  • Detail Technician
  • Hydro Technician
  • Commercial Equipment Repair Technician
  • Commercial Equipment Painter
  • Commercial Equipment Prepper
  • Paint Store Salesperson
  • Paint Store Counter Salesperson
  • Delivery Driver
  • Educator


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