Auto Collision Repair and Finish Technician

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Program Information

  • Location: Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Manufacturing, Construction & Transportation
  • Program Code: 31-405-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Auto Collision Repair and Finish Technician Diploma


Get started in an auto repair career. This program prepares you for employment with automobile dealerships, body shops and manufacturing jobs requiring spray painting ability. With instructor’s consent, portions of this program may be taken off campus for co-op credit.

Employment prospects are good for trained technicians.

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

Additional program details: You will learn the in-demand skills, including spray painting, to work as an auto body repair technician. 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.

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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) AUTOBY-300 Introduction to Auto Body Fundamentals 3
(1) AUTOBY-301 Plastic and Composites Repair 1
(1) AUTOBY-302 Estimating and Removal/Installation Bolt-On Panels 2
(1) AUTOBY-303 Masking, Prep and Detailing 1
(1) AUTOBY-304 Basic Auto Mechanical Systems 1
(1) AUTOBY-305 Auto Body 1 5
(1) ENG-340 Workplace Communication 2
(1) WELD-340 Welding for Auto Body Technicians 2
(2) AUTOBY-310 Automobile Body Fundamentals 4
(2) AUTOBY-311 Automobile Frame Straightening 3
(2) AUTOBY-312 Electrical Servicing for Auto Body Repairing 1
(2) AUTOBY-313 Surface Preparation/Color Matching 1
(2) AUTOBY-314 Front-End Alignment 1
(2) AUTOBY-315 Auto Body 2 5

( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

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

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Straighten collision-damaged sheet metal
  • Refinish automobile body parts
  • Replace non-structural panels and parts
  • Perform collision repair welding procedures

Career Outlook

This program prepares you for employment with automobile dealerships, independent body shops, specialized shops, franchise repair garages and manufacturing jobs requiring spray painting ability.

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. 

Possible Careers

Assistant Body Shop Manager
Body Repairer
Insurance Company Appraiser


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Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/28/2020