Trenholm State Community College

Automotive Collision Repair

Automotive Collision Repair

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Automotive body repairers restore, refinish, and replace vehicle bodies, frames, windshields, and window glass.

Automotive body repairers typically do the following:

  • Review damage reports, prepare cost estimates, and plan work
  • Inspect cars for structural damage
  • Remove damaged body parts, including bumpers, fenders, hoods, grilles, and trim
  • Realign car frames and chassis to repair structural damage
  • Hammer out or patch dents, dimples, and other minor body damage
  • Fit, attach, and weld replacement parts into place
  • Sand, buff, and prime refurbished and repaired surfaces
  • Apply new finish to restored body parts

Automotive body repairers can repair most damage from vehicle collisions and make vehicles look and drive like new. Repairs may be minor, such as replacing a cracked windshield, or major, such as replacing an entire door panel. After a major collision the underlying frame of a car can become weakened or compromised. Body repairers restore the structural integrity of car frames to manufacturer specifications.

Body repairers use pneumatic tools and plasma cutters to remove damaged parts, such as bumpers and door panels. They also often use heavy-duty hydraulic jacks and hammers for major structural repairs, such as aligning the body. For some work, they use common hand tools, such as metal files, pliers, wrenches, hammers, and screwdrivers.

In some cases, body Repairers complete an entire job by themselves. In other cases, especially in large shops, they use an assembly line approach in which they work as a team each with individual performing a specialized task. (Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2017-2018 Edition.)

The Automotive Collision Repair program is designed to educate and train persons to become qualified to repair damaged vehicles.

Students enrolled in this program are provided with theory and hands-on experiences pertaining to personal safety rules and procedures, structural metal straightening, non-structural metal repair, paint and refinishing, welding, plastic repairs and vehicle estimating.

Awards Available


  • Automotive Collision Repair (53 Semester Hours)

Short-Term Certificate

  • Automotive Collision Repair - Refinishing Concentration (28 Semester Hours)
  • Automotive Collision Repair - Structural Repair Concentration (25 Semester Hours)

General Education Core Requirements

Area Course Credit Hours Recommended Course(s)
I Written Composition 3 ENG 101
III Written Composition 3 MTH 116
Total Hours 6

Curriculum Requirements

Area V Course Credit Hours
ORI 101 Orientation to College 1
ABR 111 Non-Structural Repair 3
ABR 114 Non-Structural Panel Replacement 3
ABR 122 Surface Preparation 3
ABR 123 Paint Applications and Equipment 3
ABR 151 Safety Environmental Practices 3
ABR 154 Auto Glass and Trim 3
ABR 156 Auto Cutting Welding 3
ABR 157 Automotive Plastic Repairs 3
ABR 213 Structural Analysis 3
ABR 214 Structural Repair 3
ABR 223 Automotive Mechanical Components 3
ABR 255 Steering and Suspension 3
ABR 258 Heating and AC in Collision Repair 3
ABR 261 Restraint Systems 3
ABR 265 Paint Defects and Final Details 3
ABR 291 Co-op 1
Total Hours 53

Sample Degree Pathway

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Program Brochure

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Automotive Collision Repair Brochure


Potential Salary Range

The median annual wage for automotive body and related repairers was $42,730 in May 2018. The lowest 10% earned less than $34,170, and the highest 10% earned more than $70,670.Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2018


Program Contact

Jon Beckham
Program Coordinator/Instructor


Patterson Site
3920 Troy Hwy,
Montgomery, AL 36108
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