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Job Corps’ Collision Repair and Refinish training program provides students with the opportunity to receive hands-on training in different types of collision repair work and develop multiple skill sets. The various course offerings include nonstructural analysis and damage repair, painting and refinishing, structural analysis and damage repair, and mechanical and electrical components. A summary of the skills taught in each course and the career options available to graduates are outlined below.

Career Details


Students in Collision Repair and Refinish are trained in the following subject areas:

  • Repairing and refinishing automotive vehicle bodies and straightening vehicle frames
  • Replacing or repairing broken windshields and window glass
  • Reviewing damage reports, preparing or reviewing repair cost estimates, and planning work to be performed
  • Sanding body areas to be painted and covering bumpers, windows, and trim with masking tape or paper to protect them from the paint
  • Following supervisors’ instructions, such as which parts to restore or replace and how much time the job should take

Career Options

As credentialed, entry-level workers, students completing the Collision Repair and Refinish Job Corps program find careers as collision repair technicians in independent auto repair shops or for large car dealerships. Automotive body and glass repairers are projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Students should be encouraged to pursue additional training as part of their career pathway planning.


Before entering the program, students must:

  • Complete the core curriculum with passing scores on all written and performance tests.
  • Meet basic academic requirements in math and reading.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.


As a Job Corps student, you will have the opportunity to earn credentials in your training area that may lead to greater employment opportunities, higher wages, and promotions.

Students who complete a program in the Automotive and Machine Repair training area can earn nationally recognized credentials from organizations such as

  • the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)
  • the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)
  • the United Automobile Workers (UAW).

Credentials such as these prepare students for work in original equipment manufacturing (OEM) dealerships and aftermarket automotive machine shops.

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National average earning potential for this career


Months to complete career training program


While on the job, you will be expected to display the following traits at all times:

Attention to detail
Commitment to safety
Physical endurance

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