Auto fabrication involves the repair and design of the vehicle mainframe for custom jobs and accident repair. Students interested in this career field can pursue a limited number of fabrication programs, or they can enroll in an automotive technology, auto body repair or collision refinishing program that includes fabrication in the curriculum.
Schools with Auto Fabrication Programs
The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer auto fabrication programs.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered*||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)**|
|College of Western Idaho||Nampa, ID||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $3,264; In-state $4,264; Out-of-state $7,200|
|WyoTech||Blairsville, PA & other locations||2-year, Private||Certificate, Associate's||$24,321|
|San Juan College||Farmington, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $1,474; Out-of-state $4,114|
|Eastfield College||Mesquite, TX||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $1,770; In-state $3,330; Out-of-state $5,220|
|Washtenaw Community College||Ann Arbor, MI||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||In-district $2,424; In-state $3,816; Out-of-state $5,016|
|Lake Area Technical Institute||Watertown, SD||2-year, Public||Associate's||$5,056|
|Stanley Community College||Albemarle, NC||2-year, Public||Program||In-state $2,523; Out-of-state $8,667|
|Wiregrass Georgia Technical College||Valdosta, GA||2-year, Public||Certificate||In-state $2,734; Out-of-state $4,870|
|Hennepin Technical College||Brooklyn Park, MN||2-year, Public||Certificate||$5,159|
Sources: *School website, **National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
There are a few key things to consider when looking for auto fabrication schools.
- Prospective students should give preference to schools that are accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).
- Students can focus on accident repair or custom design, the two major areas of specialization.
- Students interested in auto fabrication are advised to look for programs that include direct training in painting, polishing and welding.
- Associate's degree programs will include other core subjects such as math, English and communications, which may be an advantage to any student considering opening their own shop in the future.
Certificate Programs in Auto Body Fabrication
Certificate programs can be completed in a single semester and teach students basic fabrication skills, such as auto body design or shaping steel panels. Some programs consider these certificates advanced and require the completion of an auto body repair certificate prior to applying to auto fabrication.
Associate's Degree Programs in Auto Body Repair
Associate's degree programs include classroom and laboratory time. In addition to the automotive curriculum, students must pass basic math, English and communication courses.
Auto fabrication programs prepare individuals to pursue a career in auto body repair. Several colleges offer certificates and associate's degree programs with accredited training in this field.