Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Location: East Campus (Oley)                   Instructor: John Leinbach
Location: West Campus (Leesport)          Instructor: Barry Edwards
CIP Code: 47.0603

The Automotive Collision Repair Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Training Education Foundation (NATEF) across all five recognized curriculum areas including 1) structural analysis and damage repair, 2) non-structural analysis and damage repair, 3) mechanical and electrical components, 4) plastics and adhesives, and 5) painting and refinishing.

Furthermore, this NATEF approved program utilizes the industry standard I-CAR enhanced technical curriculum. Generally, students learn to reconstruct damaged automotive vehicles and light trucks. Students learn to examine damaged vehicles and estimate cost of repairs; remove, repair and replace body panels, accessories, grills, trim and automotive glass, and straighten unibody and conventional structures using state-of-the-art equipment and precision measuring systems. Refinishing processes and spray-painting techniques are taught in a controlled atmosphere downdraft spray booth according to industry standards. Students learn the proper use of power and hand tools, welding processes and techniques, and safety.

Students are prepared to enter the auto body and collision industry as entry level technicians. Management, service and business ownership are career paths that many graduates successfully pursue. The program was awarded a grant from the National Collectors Foundation to introduce students to careers in antique car restoration and customization.

Industry Certifications:

Certified Emissions Inspector
Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I*
I-CAR Certification(s)
OSHA/CareerSafe 10-Hour Certification
Section 609 Certificate for Refrigerant Recycling and Recovery

*A student may take the test for Certified Safety Inspector – Cat I test; however,PennDOT holds the certificate until the student is 18 years old.


Required/Optional Items
Purchased through

Required Items
Purchase from any Vendor

Required Footwear

Required Safety Gear

Two Shirts (ANY STYLE LISTED) and Two Pairs of Pants:
· Navy Long Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
· Navy Short Sleeve Work Shirt with BCTC Logo
· Navy Short Sleeve Tee Shirt with BCTC Logo
· Two Pairs Navy Industrial Work Pants – proper fitting and no holes
· Charcoal Crewneck Sweatshirt with BCTC Logo
N/A Leather non-skid work boots, no sneakers


· Safety glasses provided by BCTC

· Ear plugs




Collision Repair and Refinishing: A Foundation Course for Technicians (3rd Edition) – by Alfred Thomas and Michael Jund

ISBN-13: 978-1305949942


Collision Repair and Refinishing: A Foundation Course for Technicians (3rd Edition) – by Alfred Thomas and Michael Jund


Tech Manual for Thomas/Jund’s Collision Repair and Refinishing: A Foundation Course for Technicians 3rd Edition (3rd Edition) – by Alfred Thomas and Michael Jund

ISBN-13: 978-1305949959

Tool / Supply / Protective Equipment

Quantity Needed Level 1, 2, or 3 Approximate Cost Suggested Vendor
Footwear Requirement: Leather non-skid work boots; No sneakers 1 pair Levels 1, 2, & 3 TBD Any store
Plastic Applicator for Body Filler 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $1.50 Colours
3M 7179 Dual Cartridge Respirator – Required for All Refinishing Tasks 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $30.00 Colours
16′ Metric and Standard Tape Measure 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $10.00 Any store
Disposable Paint Suit 1 Levels 1, 2, & 3 $15.00 Colours

* BCTC will pay for one pair of safety glasses (if required) and may assist with payment for the testing fees or core certification tests (first time only).  Additional safety glasses and testing fees must be paid by the student.

Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Program Entrance Recommendations:

  • Reading at grade level
  • Algebra I or Geometry
  • Problem solving/troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to work independently and in a team
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Mechanical aptitude

Career Pathways:

  • Automotive Body Technician
  • Insurance Appraiser, Auto Damage
  • Transportation Equipment Painter
  • Detailers (Cleaners of Vehicles)
  • Auto Body Designer
  • Auto Body Instructor
  • Auto Body Shop Supervisor
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Paint Products Representative
  • Collision Technician
  • Refinisher/Painter
  • Frame Straightener
  • Windshield/Glass Installer
  • Auto Body Shop Proprietor