Collision & Refinishing Technology Program
Learn to weld like a warrior and paint like a pro.
Become an Auto Body Artist in Only 6 Months
If you have a passion for auto body restoration, painting and technology, WyoTech has the perfect program for you. We help students turn their interests in the fascinating field of auto body and collision restoration into real-world experience and meaningful careers. The skills you learn in the Collision & Refinishing Technology program at WyoTech can enable you to work in a field you enjoy; taking part in fixing and restoring damaged vehicles using the latest technologies.
Blend your passion for precision and hard work with the industry-specific training you need to start a career as an auto body repair and collision repair technician — backed by certifications offered by one the most well-respected schools in the industry.
Hands-on training and experience, with 50% of your time spent in the shop!
Fuel Your Drive at a Top-Rated Auto Body Trade School
Of all the auto body technician schools out there, WyoTech offers the best in hands-on, practical training and a team environment that also provides a sense of community. The auto body classes you get to take will teach you all of the necessary things you’ll need to start a fulfilling career as an auto body technician. You will also develop critical thinking skills that will help you to keep up with industry trends and technology. From dents to refinishing to paint, you will get a thorough auto body education.
Having a diploma from an auto body trade school is the fastest way to gain hands-on training and a skill set that can help you land an awesome job, doing epic work. But deciding on a college or trade degree isn’t a small choice. Obviously, you want to choose a program that will lead to gainful and fulfilling employment.
One of the advantages of attending our Collision & Refinishing Technology program is the potential for job placement. WyoTech has connections with a vast network of local and remote businesses; we aim to help you secure practical work experience during our program. This hands-on training and exposure to real-world scenarios are invaluable for building your confidence and honing your marketable skills.
Your program will consist of 6 weeks of
Get more details on each course below.
The Collision and Refinishing Job Market
One thing that is certain is that there will always be a need for collision and refinishing technicians and very few people have the technical training and skills to fill those jobs. The average Auto Body Technician salary in the United States is $73,862 with wages ranging from $62,873 to $84,165. That means that adding a certificate, diploma, and the practical experience you can gain at WyoTech, increases your earning potential. WyoTech graduates have landed awesome jobs in almost every transportation industry, so the odds are in your favor.
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After learning safe, proper use of the tools of
the trade, you will slide into training on the fundamentals of vehicle construction, cosmetic auto body panel restoration and welding.
- Worker protection, including following the proper regulations and PPE in the shop; this will be applied throughout the entirety of the program
- Proper tool selection for vehicle repair
- Vertical, horizontal, and overhead MIG welding steel and aluminum to I-CAR standards
- Cosmetic repair: Including straightening dents with various tools and equipment, applying plastic body filler, and sanding and finishing
- Removing and replacing bolted-on parts
Understand ABS and traction control systems, as well as learn ADAS (advanced drivability assist systems), suspension systems, squeeze-type resistance spot welding, adhesive bonding, and structural measuring and straightening. Learn the skills required for collision repair to help you stand out and succeed in your future career.
- Advanced welding: we teach proper sectioning techniques and procedures for OEM panel replacements, quarter panels, rocker panels, and A- or B- pillars
- Structural diagnostics and measuring of a vehicle on a frame rack
- Airbag theory and diagnostics of airbag systems
- Windshield and back glass removal
- Door skin removal and replacement
- Aluminum welding and panel repair
Start with basic instruction in surface preparation and masking, then move on to spray gun operation, understanding paint products, and their use, and paint mixing and application. These paint techniques can be used on a variety of vehicles such as automotive, aviation and boating.
- Worker protection
- Surface prep and masking
- Paint products and their usage
- Spray gun operation: learning how to adjust air pressure, fluid delivery, and diagnose paint gun problems
- Paint mixing
- Perform a complete refinish on a vehicle: learn to identify dents and flaws in paint, properly sand a vehicle, and wash and prep a vehicle for complete repaint
- Detailing of a vehicle before delivery to the customer
Finish the course learning about damage analysis, utilizing estimating systems, plastic reconstruction, spot repairs and blending techniques, corrosion protection and automotive foams, and opportunities for live work. Our refinishing technology program will help you stand out to employers and succeed in your career.
- Sanding and polishing
- Understanding the uses and application of tri-coat finishes
- Damage analysis and estimating
- Plastic and bumper repairs
- Color matching and blending techniques
- Vinyl wrapping
Most Collision & Refinishing students choose Street Rod, Trim & Upholstery, Chassis Fabrication, or Applied Service Management, all of which are designed to complement the skills you have learned and help you stand out to employers in your future career.
Industry Certifications Available
- I-CAR Intro Series Certification
- I-CAR Pro Level 1 Non-Structural Certification
- I-CAR Pro Level 1 Refinishing Certification
- PPG Painter’s Certification
- 609 EPA Certification
- 4 – ASE Student Certifications
- Snap-On 525 Multimeter Certification
Core Program Start Dates
April 3, 2023
July 3, 2023
October 2, 2023
Financing for an Auto Body School
We want everyone to have the opportunities they need to pursue the degrees and careers they want. We have several options for paying for your degree, including financial aid, grants, scholarships, and loans.
Collision & Refinishing FAQs
How much does auto body school cost?
Program costs can vary and will be based on residency, program depth and whether certifications are required. WyoTech offers affordable programs and financing options as well. Most Collision and Refinishing Technology programs cost around $18,000.
What does an auto body technician do?
Auto body technicians, also known as collision repair technicians, are responsible for repairing and restoring damaged vehicles. They perform tasks such as repairing body panels, removing dents, sanding, painting, and refinishing surfaces. Their work involves using various tools, equipment, and techniques to bring damaged vehicles back to their pre-accident condition.
If restoring an old classic to its former glory is something you have a passion for, a career in auto body might just be the best choice for you!
How long does auto body school take?
Most automotive degrees can be obtained within 6 months to a year. WyoTech offers auto body classes in collision and refinishing technology that take as little time as 6 months, with special training in specific fields of your choice. At WyoTech, it only takes a total of 9 months to get your diploma.