Career Opportunities

  • Auto Body Repair
  • Auto Body Refinishing
  • Structural Repair
  • Damage Claims Writer
  • Shop Manager/Owner
  • Parts and Supply Industry
  • Related Manufacturing

Program Highlights

  • National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certified program.
  • Instructors are Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.
  • The program follows Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) recommended guidelines and offers the students the opportunity to gain I-CAR course credits.
  • The program is continually upgraded to maintain the latest technology used in industry.
  • 70% of coursework is hands-on in a lab setting.
  • You will enjoy the opportunity of a broad career range within the auto body/collision repair and related fields.
Programs at Southeast Technical

Auto Body Collision Technology

Auto Body Collision Technology offers a challenging and rewarding career using both technical and artistic skills.

Technicians must be knowledgeable in refinishing, repair, replacement and adjustment of body panels as they relate to the auto collision industry. Curriculum also includes structural repair, mechanical, electrical and glass replacement providing the student the opportunity to work in several different specialties upon graduation.

Hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills are developed through hands-on learning and classroom instruction. You will learn to access and interpret product data sheets, service information and estimating guides.

Our program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) making the program one of only a handful of schools in the United States certified in the four major areas of Auto Body. Both instructors are Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) qualified and have extensive knowledge and experience in Auto Body Collision Technology. We have graduates successfully working in different areas of the auto body, auto collision and related fields.

Major Offerings

Major Title (Degree) Campus(s) Credits
Auto Body Collision Technology (AAS) Winona 66 cr
Auto Body Collision Technology (DIP) Winona 64 cr
Auto Body Refinishing (CERT) Winona 26 cr
Auto Body Sheet Metal Repair & Replacement (CERT) Winona 29 cr

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

  1. Perform body panel and minor structural repairs and parts replacement.
  2. Perform vehicle refinishing preparation, application, and paint detailing.
  3. Dismantle and reassemble vehicle body parts, trim, interior components, and non-structural glass.
  4. Demonstrate safe and professional work habits.
  5. Perform minor mechanical and electrical collision-related procedures.
  6. Assess a vehicle's damage, develop a repair plan through interpretation of service information, and communicate the calculation of repair costs and procedures to related parties.


  • Tom Brandt and Mark Hoehn Both instructors are Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) trained and have extensive knowledge and experience in Auto Body Collision Technology.