Mooresville Collision Repair Technology Schools
While there are several schools offering collision repair technology programs in North Carolina, there's only one fairly close to Mooresville, NC, to offer this particular area of study. Read an overview of this college's programs and coursework. There's also a table with relevant school stats and some additional information on other schools in the area.
- Located in Charlotte, Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is about 31 miles and a 35-minute drive from downtown Mooresville. It offers certificate programs with three areas of specialization and a collision repair and refinishing technology diploma program, as well as an associate's degree program. The curricula for these programs are based on I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) standards. The programs prepare students to take National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
Regardless of program offerings, costs, campus setting, and other factors can affect whether a college is a good fit. Read over this table to get some further details about CPCC.
|Central Piedmont Community College|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2019)||18,646*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)|| $2,792 (in-state)*
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2018-2019)||61%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2019)||100% (open admissions policy)*|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2018 to Fall 2019)||56%*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2016)||20%*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
Central Piedmont Community College
CPCC has more than six campus locations and a variety of academic divisions and programs. The Transport Systems Technologies Division offers several collision repair technology programs. The only requirements for entry are having a high school diploma, taking the school's admissions test and attending one of the department's AIM (Automotive Informational Meeting) sessions. Students are also required to purchase their own tools; tool sets are offered to students at discounted rates.
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Certificate
This certificate program offers the following three areas of specialization: refinishing, autobody repair and autobody estimating. Each specialization utilizes a curriculum of classroom assignments and lab studies. The 13-credit refinishing specialization includes courses on plastics and adhesives, special finishes and a 2-part painting and refinishing course. The 18-credit autobody repair program teaches students about autobody MIG welding procedures, types of metals, various welding joints and safety precautions used in collision repair. Students learn the difference between structural and non-structural damage through two 2-part courses. The 12-credit autobody estimating specialization includes an auto estimating course, the 2-part structural damage course and a cooperative work experience at an approved work site.
Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Diploma
The 47-credit diploma program includes many of the same courses found in the three certificate programs. Additionally, students complete six credits of general education courses and can choose from major courses in topics like mechanical and electrical components, transport technology, autobody estimating and basic welding for transportation.
Associate of Applied Science in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
This degree program covers all of the same courses as the diploma program, but it adds general education requirements; in total, the program requires 67 credits. It covers additional automotive topics that the diploma does not, such as transportation climate control and a second work-based learning experience. It also includes more lab work in welding.
While Central Piedmont Community College offers the closet option to Mooresville, there are other schools a little farther away that offer programs in collision repair.
- Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute and Wilkes Community College, located about 42 and 43 miles away, respectively, both offer collision repair and refinishing technology programs.
- A collision and repair refinishing technology program is also offered at Forsyth Technical Community, located 58 miles from downtown Mooresville.