• Auto Body Collision Technology

    Learn the skills to work as an auto body technician, diagnosing collision damage and using industry-standard equipment to restore damaged vehicles to their original condition.

Auto Body Collision Technology

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Auto Body Collision Technology

At M State, our hands-on Auto Body Collision Technology courses are taught by instructors who bring years of industry experience into the classroom. You'll learn to straighten bent frames and unibody cars, remove and repair dents, and install window glass and windshields. Technicians also sand and mask repair areas and perform drive train component replacements, wheel alignments and some mechanical and electrical repairs.

Auto body technicians need good mechanical aptitude, good communication skills and the ability to comprehend service literature. Our Auto Body Collision Technology curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board comprised of local and regional industry members, ensuring that students learn the skills needed by employers.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Vehicle repair theory
  • Industry-standard refinishing techniques
  • Interpretation of service information
  • Safety practices and procedures
  • Effective use of technology


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Hands-on instruction
  • Small class sizes with personalized instruction
  • Scholarships available
  • Strong industry support
  • State-of-the-art auto body equipment
  • Internships enhance course work
  • Strong industry demand for graduates


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Auto Body Collision Technology


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as auto body technicians, auto body and related repairers, estimators, service sales staff, service managers, parts managers, insurance appraisers and shop owners.

Description: Repair and refinish automotive vehicle bodies and straighten vehicle frames.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Detroit Lakes


Automotive Body and Related Repairer employment

691 Employed in your area

24 Estimated annual job openings

115 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Automotive Body and Related Repairers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 116 17%
25-34 154 22%
35-44 134 19%
45-54 172 25%
55-64 90 13%
65+ 25 4%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Auto Body Collision courses

  • Introduction to Auto Body
  • Auto Body Off Car Repair
  • Auto Body Lab I and II
  • Introduction to Refinishing
  • Panel Replacement
  • Auto Body Refinishing
  • Glass and Trim
  • Basic Electrical
  • Unibody/Frame Alignment
  • Body Shop Operations
  • Major Collision Lab I and II
  • Collision Damage Repair
  • Mechanical Components I and II
  • Spot Repair and Paint Blending
  • Auto Body Internship


Learn more

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 11:49am