Student painting a layer of primer on a front fender of a vehicle.

Why Choose Auto Collision at PPCC?

When studying auto collision at PPCC you will learn from instructors who have real-world experience and who are leaders in the industry. They will work closely with you and provide high quality classroom training, as well as hands-on training.

What will I study?

As a PPCC auto collision student, you will develop a skill set that leaves you prepared to work in both auto body repair shops and at dealerships. You will:

  • Learn how to estimate auto repair work
  • Properly use power and hand tools
  • Replace and repair car body parts
  • Develop professional communication skills

You will also work on non-structural metal repair, structural repair and all aspects of refinishing using cutting edge technology.

Example Classes I Might Take

Covers sheet metal oxygen-acetylene welding and MIG welding techniques including safety, materials, equipment, and setups. Personal and vehicle protective measures prior to welding procedures are presented.
Continues the study and application of frame measurement and repair. The student applies methods found in dimension charts and service manuals for vehicle diagnosis and straightening. Training includes the replacement of a structural panel with the identification of damaged suspension components replaced according to manufacturer’s recommendations.
Covers the inspection, cleaning, and determination of the condition of spray guns and related equipment. Students learn skills for adjusting spray guns by setting-up and testing spray gun operations.
Covers major automotive body repair in vehicles with major damage on conventional structures and unibody structures. Student learns the operation of equipment and techniques used to straighten and align damaged frames. Identification and analysis of frames, hot and cold stress relieving, servicing, and sectioning of structural frames are included. Liability issues and the importance of making these corrections according to the manufacturer's recommendations and industry standards are emphasized.

Career Options

Auto collision technicians are in demand. Many of the professionals in the field are nearing retirement, creating an abundance of jobs. A degree in auto collision can lead to the following careers:

  • Collision
  • Auto Body Repair Technician
  • Detailer
  • Auto Body Refinish Technician
  • Estimator/Adjuster

Careers in Auto Collision


This program is certified by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation (NATEF).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Automotive Collision Technology program, students should be able to:

  • Follow auto colllision shop safety requirements
  • Straighten a common dent in preparation for refinish operations
  • Prepare an automotive panel for refinish operations
  • Perform a refinish blend operation on an automotive panel

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