Tuesday – December 18, 2018

Auto Collision Repair and Finish Technician (2017-2018)

Technical Diploma
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster

Oak Creek Campus
Program Code: 31-405-1

For Information: 414-297-6315
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

Overview — After two semesters, you will have the in-demand skills, including spray painting, to work as an auto body repair technician.

This program prepares you for employment with automobile dealerships, independent body shops, specialized shops, franchise repair garages and manufacturing jobs requiring spray painting ability. When employment opportunities arise, and with the employer’s and instructor’s consent, portions of this program may be taken off campus for co-op credit.

Important to your success in the program are manual dexterity and the ability to distinguish colors. After admission to the program, you will need to have an automotive repair tool set.


Career Pathway — This program features exploratory courses that count toward a credential. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Career Outlook — Based on the high number of passenger cars and trucks being produced, the need for automobile body technicians is at a high level. Employment prospects are promising for technicians trained in the complex design of unibody construction.

View gainful employment data about this program


Program Learning Outcomes — Employers expect graduates to:

  • Use hand tools, power tools and shop equipment properly, with attention to safety measures
  • Analyze unibody damage
  • Blend and match various types of paints
  • Interpret manufacturer's manuals as well as aftermarket publications
  • Repair and paint damaged vehicles
  • Repair and/or replace damaged panels on vehicles


Admission Requirements — The following is required for admission to the program:

  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement  assessment

A high school diploma or GED is recommended. 

Possible Careers
Assistant Body Shop Manager
Body Repairer
Insurance Company Appraiser


Related Programs
Automotive Maintenance Technician
Automotive Technology
Diesel and Powertrain Servicing


Start Dates: August/January

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students




(1)  AUTOBY-300

Introduction to Auto Body Fundamentals



(1)  AUTOBY-301

Plastic and Composites Repair



(1)  AUTOBY-302

Estimating and Removal/Installation Bolt-On Panels



(1)  AUTOBY-303

Masking, Prep and Detailing



(1)  AUTOBY-304

Basic Auto Mechanical Systems



(1)  AUTOBY-305

Auto Body 1 ‡



(1)  WELD-340

Welding for Auto Body Technicians



(2)  AUTOBY-310

Automobile Body Fundamentals ‡



(2)  AUTOBY-311

Automobile Frame Straightening ‡



(2)  AUTOBY-312

Electrical Servicing for Auto Body Repairing



(2)  AUTOBY-313

Surface Preparation and Color Matching ‡



(2)  AUTOBY-314

Front-End Alignment



(2)  AUTOBY-315

Auto Body 2 ‡



(2)  ENG-340

Workplace Communication






‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.


Page updated March 2017.