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Auto Collision Repair

Program Guide

Fall 2018 Schedule

Spring 2019 Schedule

Tool List

Gainful Employment

Program Overview

With hundreds of millions of cars on the road today and aging repair technicians retiring at an extremely high rate, there’s no shortage of automotive repair job opportunities.  However, with new and advanced paint and repair technologies being used throughout the industry, the need for professionals entering the field to be trained in the most up-to-date methodologies is becoming increasingly important.

After just nine short months in Salina Tech’s Auto Collision Repair Program, our students obtain the skills that are necessary to begin a new and exciting career in the collision repair industry. From high-level estimating and body repair, to HVLP painting and UV light activated finishing, all graduates leave SATC with a comprehensive understanding of the entire repair process from start to finish.

Students who in enroll in this program will have the opportunity to regularly work on real-world repair jobs and will have the option to specialize in specific areas of automotive repair as well, including windshield replacement, insurance estimation, fiberglass repair and custom painting, among others. So whether you’re seeking a hands-on career as an automotive collision repair technician, or a rewarding job as an insurance estimator, SATC’s Collision Repair Program is just what you need.

SATC’s Auto Collision Repair Program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) -- a division of the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) – and all instructors are Master ASE Certified.

Institutional Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the ability to think critically.
2.  Demonstrate proficiency in technical program learning outcomes.
3.  Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication.
4.  Develop positive work habits and interpersonal skills needed for employment.




Program Outcomes

1. Analyze automotive structural damage and repair requirements.
2.  Analyze automotive non-structural damage and repair requirements.
3.  Diagnose and repair collision damaged mechanical and electrical components.
4.  Demonstrate automobile painting and refinishing skills.
5. Demonstrate safe work habits and procedures within an Auto Collision Repair facility.





Physical Requirements/Environmental Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a student to successfully perform the essential functions of working in this field. Reasonable accomodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

While performing the duties of this program, the student is regularly required to stand, walk, and talk or hear. The student frequently is required to sit and use hands to handle or feel. The student is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The student must work in various weather conditions such as excessive heat or cold. The student must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this field include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Program Length

9 Months


Richard Fairchild, Master ASE Certified Technician

Brian Hitchens, ASE Nonstructural Certified


Expected Starting Salary

$25-000 - $35,000

Career Opportunities

Automotive Body & Paint Shops

Automotive Dealers

Paint & Supply Stores

Collision Repair Shops

Manufacturing Companies

Salina Area Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, or any other non-merit based factor in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, ADA, Title IX, Section 504, Title II, GINA, is directed to contact the Human Resources Specialist, 2562 Centennial Rd, Salina, KS 67401, 785-309-3100.


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