Training in autobody repair often is available through high school vocational programs. On the postsecondary level, few schools administer autobody repair programs, and the two community colleges that do so in Massachusetts only offer these courses as part of automotive technology programs. Automotive technology programs typically train students in carrying out mechanical repairs on areas such as brake systems, engines and suspension systems. Learn about the schools and programs in Massachusetts for automotive training.
Southeast Technical Institute
Southeast Technical Institute, located in South Easton, offers a pair of two-year programs in collision repair and refinish technology, with one program awarding a diploma and the other a degree. The programs have many courses in common, with both curricula featuring courses in refinishing materials, computer essentials, and surface preparation. Students in the diploma program focus strictly on auto repair, while degree candidates will study other topics such as composition, math, and general psychology.
Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
The Collision Repair Technology is fully certified and accredited by the National Automotive Technician Educational Foundation (NATEF). The program's curriculum equips students with skills in frame alignment, color matching, paint mixing, metal straightening, and more. Working in modern facilities, students in the program will learn about all phases of body repair using state-of-the-art equipment. Graduates will exit the program prepared for a number of careers in the automotive industry.
Nashua Community College
The two-year Collision Repair Technology degree program at NCC stresses hands-on practice, as students spend extensive periods in the lab working on collision repair. Students will learn about the endless types of damage that can occur in a collision, as well as how to fix and repair these issues. Skills learned in the program include frame repair, panel replacement, refinishing and painting, and interior replacement.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Autobody Repair Technology Programs Offered||Program Costs (2015-2016)|
|Southeast Technical Institute||Less than 2-year, public; fringe rural|| Associate of Applied Science in Collision Repair and Refinish Technology;
Collision Repair and Refinish Technology diploma
|Degree: $18,050; Diploma, $16,555 (includes fees, books and supplies)**|
|Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School||Public||Collision Repair Technology||N/A|
|Nashua Community College||2-year, public; small city||Associate in Science in Collision Repair Technology||$6,912 (in-state), $15,072 (out-of-state)*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Southeast Technical Institute