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Department Chair
Lucile Beatty

The Field

Automotive collision repair and refinish technicians perform structural and cosmetic repair of cars and trucks. If a vehicle has been in an accident, they fix the dents, scratches and other damage to return it to pre-accident condition. If the paint is faded or peeling, they refinish it.

They don’t just make cars look good. They also make sure they’re up to manufacturer safety standards.

The Outlook

Anywhere cars and trucks are on the road, people will need collision repair and refinish technicians. Demand is especially high right here in the Bay Area.

Most work in collision (also known as auto body) repair shops. But, others work for auto manufacturers, auto glass installers, or in entirely different settings.

Check out our online Career Coach to find out more about jobs for auto body and paint technicians, like Automotive Body and Related Repairer or Painter.

Our Program

At Contra Costa College, you’ll spend more than two-thirds of your time in an impressive on-campus automotive collision repair shop, working with many different vehicles and the latest tools, hands-on.

All of our professors are I-CAR and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified, and our program follows I-CAR’s industry-standard curriculum. After you complete the two-year program, you’ll be eligible to take the I-CAR Steel and Aluminum Welding Qualification Tests. You’ll also be eligible to take all ASE collision certification tests.

You’ll get training in all six ASE collision repair areas. And, our Certificate of Achievement in Auto Collision Repair Technology even counts as one year of professional experience toward your ASE certification.

If you’re hoping to get an entry-level job, be more competitive, or move into management or sales, you’ll probably want to pursue one of our two-year certificates of achievement.

But, if you’d like a broader education, or even to transfer to a four-year university with an associate degree, we’re also a great place to start.

We have a stellar reputation among professionals, and many industry partnerships. That really helps our students start their careers running.

And, best of all, at Contra Costa College you’re supported by great instructors and staff, fellow students who share your goals and an involved group of industry advisers who make sure our program is top-notch. We even have a Career Center to help you find jobs, apply and prepare for interviews. We’re with you, all the way.

So why not check out the program, see if we can help you pay for college or even get the ball rolling and apply now?