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Autobody Technician Schools with Program Overviews

Those who wish to enter the field of autobody technology can opt for certificate or associate's degree programs in autobody technology. Community colleges and vocational schools commonly offer these two types of autobody technician training programs.

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Certificate programs and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are available in autobody technology. Certificate programs are shorter and less costly, but associate's degree programs provide more well-rounded credentials.

10 Schools with Autobody Programs

The following schools offer autobody certificate and/or associate's degree programs. Tuition figures are based on the rates for the 2015-2016 academic year.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-16)*
Austin Community College Austin, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$2,550 In-district
$9,210 In-state
$11,340 Out-of-state
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, Utah 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$3,569 In-state
$11,337 Out-of-state
Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, North Carolina 2-year, Public Certificate $2,664 In-state
$8,808 Out-of-state
Clackamas Community College Oregon City, Oregon 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$4,268 In-state
$11,918 Out-of-state
Oakland Community College Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 2-year, Public Certificate $2,745 In-district
$5,235 In-state
$7,305 Out-of-state
Tarrant County College Fort Worth, Texas 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,320 In-district
$2,064 In-state
$4,920 Out-of-state
Riverside City College Riverside, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,426 In-state
$7,366 Out-of-state
American River College Sacramento, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,104 In-state
$7,440 Out-of-state
Long Beach City College Long Beach, California 2-year, Public Certificate
Associate's
$1,182 In-state
$7,398 Out-of-state
Palomar College San Marcos, California 2-year, Public Associate's** $1,338 In-state
$7,078 Out-of-state

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School website

College Selection Criteria

Certificate programs and Associate of Applied Science degree programs are available in autobody technology. Certificate programs are shorter and less costly, but associate's degree programs provide more well-rounded credentials.

List of considerations:

  • It is important to determine how much time you are willing to invest.
  • It is also important to decide how much you can afford to spend.
  • Certain career opportunities may favor candidates who hold an associate's degree.
  • Practical experience is advantageous so find out as much as you can about the school's shop facilities and available equipment.

Certificate Program

Students enrolled in an autobody technology certificate program take courses in such areas as refinishing, metal repair, autobody welding, collision repair and paint matching. Many of the courses require students to gain some practical experience in a school shop after understanding the theory behind the various aspects of autobody repair.

The field of autobody technology requires that prospective students have some ability to grasp technical concepts. Also helpful for success in this area are a strong interest in auto design and some creative abilities.

Associate of Applied Science Program

Associate's degree programs in autobody technology cover the same basic areas addressed in certificate programs. However, students take additional courses in areas such as structural analysis, shop management, collision repair estimating and electrical service repair. General education courses in English composition, the social sciences, mathematics and the fine arts are also required to complete this type of degree.

Towards the end of the program, students might be able to find internship work. Internships are looked upon favorably by prospective employers because they allow students to gain some practical work experience before entering the job market. In some instances, a community college works closely with a nearby autobody shop to develop learning outlines for students who are interesting in completing an internship.

Autobody technology programs are available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. How much time and money one can invest, as well as the level of education one wants to achieve in the field are important factors in deciding upon a program.

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