Collision Repair Technology

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What is Collision Repair Technology?

The collision repair industry offers variety and challenges. Each damaged vehicle presents a unique set of problems to overcome in restoring it back to its original appearance and structural integrity. Utilizing their extensive knowledge of modern automotive construction and repair techniques, collision repair technicians develop a repair plan and apply the appropriate repair procedures for each job.

The Collision Repair program at Somerset Community College prepares students for entry level positions at various skill levels and training time durations. From repairing small dents to rebuilding the bodies of wrecked or damaged vehicles, this program maintains the current commercial standards.

Students are taught the types of materials used in filler compounds, the colors and chemical make-up of paints used to refinish, welding and cutting procedures, design and installation of trim, cost estimating and preparation for finish work. All are skills applied in actual jobs performed in shop assignments.

In this program, students are expected to continually develop manipulative skills combined with a strong work ethic. The importance of personal safety, quality of workmanship, productivity, and teamwork is also emphasized.

average base pay
Based on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
low: $22k med: $42k high: $63k

What are my career choices?

What does the future hold? Demand for qualified collision repairers will increase as the number of motor vehicles in operation continues to grow. Recently released figures indicate more technicians are retiring or leaving the industry than there are new technicians beginning their collision repair career.

New automobile designs have body panels or components made of high strength, light-weight steel alloys. There is increased use of aluminum and plastics—materials that are more difficult to work with than are traditional steel body panels.

The introduction of advanced electronic systems and controls have opened a new opportunities for technicians with interests in these areas.

Collision Repair Technology Career Median Annual
SalaryBased on research conducted by the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS) in 2016 for the state of Kentucky.
Collision Repair Helper $41,157
Collision Repairer $41,157
Automotive Painter Helper $39,057 
Automotive Painter $44,762
Collision Repair Technician $41,157

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


Additional Information

Download Collison Repair Program Overview (pdf)
To learn how to apply to SCC, see the Admissions Checklist.

Length of Program

You can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

Program Contact

Jimmy Smith
Collision Repair Technology
Program Coordinator