Auto Collision Technology

Course Description
The 2-year Auto Collision course at Pike-Lincoln is designed to prepare you for an entry-level position in the Auto Body field. The fundamentals and related information are covered in the classroom, and the remainder of the class time is spent working and perfecting skills in the shop. Much time is spent on surface preparation and painting. Paint mixing and tinting is also included. Classroom equipment includes spot and MIG welding, hand tools, and frame-straightening equipment and smaller tools and equipment. A spray booth with exhaust is utilized for most painting. An Auto Body Technician repairs and refinishes vehicle bodies, removes dents, and replaces crumpled parts, tightens brackets and loose bolts, and makes other minor repairs. They use a variety of equipment and tools, including drills, riveters, welders, hammers, files, screwdrivers, sanders, measuring tools and power machinery. Some install customized equipment.

Personal Skills
Personal skills include making judgments and decisions and meeting strict standards.

Salary Range
The average salary for entry-level workers in Missouri is $26,380 ($12.68/hr) to an average of $52,120 ($25.06/hr) for experienced workers. The hourly average wage in Missouri is $20.93.

Physical Skills
Physical activities include lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling, crouching, reaching, using hands and fingers, seeing clearly up close, and judging depth and distance.

Related Post-Secondary Programs
Auto Body Repairer program, Military

Related Occupations
Automotive Body Repairer, Shop Estimator, Counter Parts, Truck-Body Builder, Automobile-Body Customizer, Frame Repairer, Service Mechanics, Fiberglass Auto-Body Repairer, Insurance Adjuster

Missouri Job Outlook
Employment is projected to change from 4,570 in 2016 to 4,470 in 2006. It is estimated that 108 average annual job openings will be created by persons leaving the labor force. Due to the large number of persons acquiring skills in the area, competition for jobs may be keen.

Suggested Related H.S. Coursework and Activities
Art classes, Business Information applications, Applied Math, Algebra, written and verbal communication classes, Technical Education, Transportation Power & Energy, Basic Automotive Technology, Basic Electronics, Occupational Computer Science, Welding, Work-Based Training (Co-op/Internship), Automotive Body Repair, SkillsUSA

Continuing Education
1-2 years college or trade/technical school. Most employers prefer to hire persons who have completed formal training programs in automotive collision repair. Many automotive collision repairers enter the occupation by transferring from related helper positions. Generally, skill in all aspects of collision repair requires 3-4 years of on-the-job training.

The percent of our students who, 6 months after graduation, were continuing their education, employed in the workforce or in the military.

  • 2003 – 94%
  • 2004 – 94%
  • 2005 – 100%
  • 2006 – 100%
  • 2007 – 92%
  • 2008 – 83%

Auto Collision Technology Curriculum 
Total Clock Hours900
Units of StudyClock Hours
Intro to Auto Body10
Shop Safety30
MIG Welding60
Hand a Power Tools30
Sanding & Masking60
Sheet Metal Repair100
Rust Repair60
Body Filling Techniques100
Body Surface Preparation100
Painting, Mixing, & Refinishing100
Body & Frame Construction30
Unitized Body & Frame Repair60
Body Panel Replacement60
Fiberglass Body Repair30
Shop Management & Estimating50

Applicants for admission and employment, employees and sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment are hereby notified the Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District have assured they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in their programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Pike-Lincoln Technical Center and Pike R-III School District compliance with regulations implementing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, is directed to contact the Title IX and Section 504 Coordinator, Superintendent of Schools, Pike R-III School District, (573-485-2488).

Auto Collision Gainful Employment Information