Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Auto Body Collision Technology

A challenging career using both technical and artistic skills.


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

In Auto Body Collision Technology at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona, you'll learn refinishing, repair, replacement, and adjustment of body panels. The program also includes structural, mechanical, and electrical repair as well as new technologies such as working with aluminum and carbon fiber. With experience in all of these areas, you will have career opportunities in several different specialties upon graduation.

Our students develop strong problem-solving skills through hands-on learning and classroom instruction. You will learn how to access and interpret product data sheets, service information, and estimating guides. Students have the opportunity to take the coursework to earn I-CAR industry accreditation. Most importantly, you'll work on real vehicles in our state-of-the art facility.

Auto Body Collision Technology is certified by the ASE Education Foundation (formerly NATEF), making the program at Minnesota State College Southeast one of only a handful of schools in the United States certified in the four major areas of Auto Body: Refinishing, structural, non-structural, and mechanical/electrical. Job placement in this major is 100%.

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Major Offerings

  • Auto Body Collision Technology (AAS) View Classes
    Winona - 67 cr
  • Auto Body Collision Technology (DIP) View Classes
    Winona - 60 cr
  • Auto Body Refinishing (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 26 cr
  • Auto Body Sheet Metal Repair & Replacement (CERT) View Classes
    Winona - 29 cr

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Outcomes & Opportunities

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.

Auto Body Collision Technology Job Placement: 100%

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Career Opportunities

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

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

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.


Tom Brandt is ASE Master Certified in Auto Collision Repair as well as Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collison Repair (I-CAR) trained. He has worked in the auto collision industry for several years and has continually upgraded his training since he started teaching for Minnesota State College Southeast. Tom feels the best way to learn the trade is to be provided the opportunity to get involved in repairs. His students gain skills thorough hands-on experience and quality coaching from the instructor.

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