College of Technology

Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Program Description

Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing technicians repair damaged vehicle bodies and body parts from complete body off-frame repair to the smallest door dent in the body and then refinish the color to make it look new again.

We examine and determine the type and extent of damage, then teach the best way to repair that damage. We teach how to replace and repair all welded, bolted and adhesive style panels, grilles bumpers and all plastic parts. We replace glass and remove exterior trim and moldings. We teach MIG and Mag welding, resistance spot welding and the safety and use of all welding equipment. Frames and unit-body vehicles are measured and straightened using the Car-O-Liner Mark V Bench Rack System and Car-O-Tronic measuring system. We teach dent repair and the proper use of body fillers as well as electrical diagnosis for power window locks and lighting.

Refinishing starts by feather-edging of paint and then priming with a good corrosion and rust inhibiting material; filling of micro low areas; blocking, masking, sealing and then top-coating with a quality, single-stage or using a two-stage base coat paint followed by a high gloss clear coat. The ultimate finish is a tri-coat, pearl type paint that is very popular in this day of high-tech products. We mix our own paint colors and teach the application of the new Water base basecoat systems.

Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing is active in the student club SKILLS USA and southeast Idaho's largest car show Chrome in the Dome.

Certificates & Degrees

  • Technical Certificate Automotive Collision Repair Automotive Refinishing
  • Advanced Technical Certificate Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
  • Associate of Applied Science degree Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Program Options & Length:

  • Program begins in August and January
  • Program length is 2 1/2 to 4 1/2 semesters
  • Admits 18 students each year
  • Typical classroom hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 days per week
  • Summer Session - none

Paying for College

You may apply for financial aid, scholarships, grants, and loans to help finance your college education. When you pay registration fees, you are a student of Idaho State University with the privileges and responsibilities of a college student.

Gainful Employment

Program Information
Admissions Information: Click Here
CIP Code: 470603

Cost of Attendance
Certificate: Advanced Technical Certificate - Automotive Repair/Refinishing
Tuition and Fees: $12,340.00*
Books and Supplies: $1,980.00
Room and Board $5,724.00**
Total: $20,044.00**
Certificate: Technical Certificate - Automotive Refinishing
Tuition and Fees: $7,712.50*
Books and Supplies: $1,980.00
Room and Board $3,577.50**
Total: $13,270.00**

Completion Time
Certificate: Advanced Technical Certificate - Automotive Repair/Refinishing
Normal Program Length: 4 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 6
Number Completed in Normal Time: NR
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): 67%
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): 83%
Certificate: Technical Certificate - Automotive Refinishing
Normal Program Length: 2.5 Sem.
2011-2012 Completers: 1
Number Completed in Normal Time: NR
Normal Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled at ISU): NR%
Program Completion Rate (from the time students enrolled in program classes): NR%

Employment Information
Jobs Related to These Programs
Occupations with each program area were identified using Department of Labor ONET Crosswalks.
Placement Rate: 100***

Median Debt
Loan Amount:$5,500.00

NR On-time completion rates are not reported for programs with fewer than 10 completers in order to protect student privacy.

* Based on 2012-13 full-time, Idaho resident tuition and fee schedule.

** Based on 2012-13 double occupancy rates and 100 meal plus flex money plan.

*** Based on completer placement data from the 2011-2012 fiscal year submitted January 15, 2012 to the Idaho State Division of Professional-Technical Education (ISDPTE). Positive placement is defined by the ISDPTE as completers enrolled in the military, employed in a related training, employed in a field unrelated to training, or pursing additional education.