Auto Collision and Refinishing Technology2022-07-13T14:04:10-06:00

Auto Collision and Refinishing Technology

  • Auto Collision Repair slideshow -- student buffing
  • Teacher and student inspecting auto body work
  • Auto Collision Repair slideshow -- student buffing
  • Auto Collision Repair slideshow -- student sanding a body panel

The skills of a mechanic and the touch of an artist come together in our Automotive Collision Repair program.

Students will learn the use of hand and power tools to perform metal working and dent repair, welding, replacing parts, door and window repair, insurance claim procedures and estimating.

The program also covers aluminum and plastic repair and laser frame measuring and straightening. Refinishing skills will be developed using the newest High Volume Low Pressure spray technology and water-borne paints in a heated downdraft spray booth.

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.

You Will Learn

  • Analyze automotive structural damage & repair requirements

  • Analyze non-structural automotive damage & repair requirements

  • Diagnose & repair collision damaged mechanical & electrical components

  • Demonstrate automobile painting & refinishing skills

  • Demonstrate safe work habits & procedures within an Auto Collision Repair facility


  • Automotive Body & Paint Shops

  • Automotive Dealers

  • Paint & Supply Stores

  • Collision Repair Shops

  • Manufacturing Companies


  • Contact the ACR Enrollment Specialist with any questions or information regarding admissions requirements.

Melissa Farmer



Richard Fairchild earned his certification and Associate of Applied Science degree in Auto Collision Repair from Salina Tech.  He is an A.S.E. Certified Collision Repair Technician.

Mr. Fairchild spent 29 years working in the field before returning to Salina Tech to teach in the Auto Collision Repair program. | 785-309-3171

Brian  Hitchens earned his certification and Associate of Applied Science degree in Auto Collision Repair from Salina Tech. 

Mr. Hitchens went to work for Conklin Cars and obtaining his certification.  He has 10 years of experience in the field and in 2016 he returned to Salina Tech to teach in the Automotive Collision Repair program, where he sees teaching at Salina Tech as a career advancement.

“This place gave me my start, gave me the skills I needed, and now I want to help others get the skills to land good careers” he said. 

Mr. Hitchens is currently working on his A.S.E. Certifications. | 785-309-3164


Salina Tech enrollment jumps 27%

Enrollment at Salina Area Technical College rose 27% in the fall of 2018 compared to the previous fall, according to information collected on September 20th for reporting to the Kansas Board of Regents. According to the [...]


This is a scholarship opportunity for women in the auto collision repair program.

The “WIN” membership is free for students.

Website to apply

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