Automotive Collision Repair & Finish

With over 250 million cars on the road, many of them lasting longer than ever before, there will be a constant need for Collision Repair due to accidents and aging. Jobs in the Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish industry are expected to grow at a better-than-average rate over the next 5-10 years. Job seekers with industry certification and formal training in this program will have an advantage over competing applicants for jobs. 

Program Description

First-year students in this program will learn the basics of repairing and refinishing collision damaged vehicles. First-year students will learn metal finishing, plastic repair, MIG Welding, filler application, and basic refinishing procedures.

Second-year students will focus on a much more in-depth side of the collision industry. Students will learn structural and frame repair, 3D measuring, waterborne paint technology, estimating, and advanced refinishing techniques.

Students from the LISD TECH Center Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program compete in the SkillsUSA competition yearly. Historically, students have done very well in the competition qualifying for state and national leadership events.

To Be Successful

Many students in this program usually have an artistic side, a strong attention to detail and a love of cars. Students need basic math and reading skills, self-discipline, a good work ethic, the ability to work in a team, think critically and a dedication to completing assigned tasks.

Textbook reading level: College level

Student Organization


Related Careers

Note: Additional education may be required.

  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Refinishing Technician
  • Body Shop Manager
  • Estimator
  • Detailer

High School Credit*

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts. The academic credit listed for completion of 2 years.

  • 1.0 4th Math
  • 1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
  • 1.0 3rd Science requirement
  • 1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)

College Credit Opportunities*

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class

  • Davenport University
  • Jackson College
  • Washtenaw Community College

Certification Opportunities


  • NAFTE Certification in Paint & Refinishing
  • PPG Refinishing Certificate
  • State Certificate


Kortney Thumme worked as an auto body technician for 8 years and a teacher for another 5 years in Saginaw, MI, before bringing his skills to the LISD TECH Center. His students have excelled at the SkillsUSA State Conference, bringing back gold medals and advancing to nationals in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2015. Mr. Thumme is a Universal Technical Institute graduate and is ASE, ICAR, PPG, and BASF certified.

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Robert Beaubien received his Associate's of Applied Science Automotive Repair from Owens Community College, his Bachelor's of Business Administration from Siena Heights University, and is ASE Master Certified and I-Car Certified.

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