Schools with Body and Paint Programs: How to Choose

Find out how to choose a school for body and paint programs. Also take a look at important considerations you should make and some examples of programs available.

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How to Choose a Body and Paint School

Body and paint technicians work on automobile exteriors, ensuring that they are in safe operating condition and of quality appearance. Technicians accomplish this by discovering and administering any repairs or replacements, paint detailing and body work.

A number of schools offer degree and certificate programs in auto body and paint technology. Auto body and paint technology programs are commonly available at community colleges and technical schools. When choosing a program, you want to keep in mind that an associate's degree is suitable for individuals seeking a more advanced education and a career in the trade. In addition, hands-on training and access to garage facilities with specialty tools and equipment is a plus for a program. Finally, special coursework that concentrates on current issues in technology and automobile standards can ensure the student learns the most up-to-date information.

Certificate Programs

A certificate program in auto body and paint includes coursework in safety practices and procedures. Students also learn basic techniques for refinishing and repairing an auto's exterior. Additionally, a certificate program might prepare students for ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification, which is required by a number of employers. Courses may include:

  • Surface preparation
  • Paint refinishing
  • Auto detailing
  • Cost estimation
  • Welding

Associate's Degree Programs

An associate's degree program in body and paint technology provides students with opportunities to learn to weld auto body materials, perform advanced refinishing procedures and correct damages to restore vehicles to their original condition. Students learn techniques required to refinish vehicles. Coursework may include:

  • Panel and frame repair
  • Advanced painting
  • Advanced repair concepts

10 Body and Paint Schools

While there are many different programs being offered across the country, here are 10 body and paint schools you might want to consider and the type of program they offer:

School Length of Program
Eastfield College 2 years
Kilgore College 2 years
Portland Community College 2 years
Southwest Texas Junior College 2 years
Ivy Tech Community College 2 years
Iowa Lakes Community College 2 years
College of Alameda 2 years
Idaho State University 4 years
Arkansas Tech University 4 years
Pennsylvania College of Technology 4 years

Body and paint programs are often available as certificate or associate's degree programs and help students develop the skills needed to work in the field upon graduation.

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