Auto Body Collision Technology

Auto Body Collision Technology

Major Description

Auto body collision technicians are the skilled professionals who accurately diagnose and repair collision-damaged vehicles. Repairing today’s advanced passenger vehicles requires knowledge and training in metals, plastics, structural repairs and refinishing. Instruction involves classroom theory, demonstrations and the hands-on repair of customer vehicles. Classroom presentation includes I-CAR Enhanced Delivery Collision Repair Training.

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Auto Body Collision Technology Advisor & Instructors
Kerry Lurken
Kerry Lurken
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
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Gerry Rainford
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Scott Logan
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Program Costs*

Auto Body Collision Technology
  Auto Body Collision Technology
A.A.S. Degree – 72 credits
Auto Body Collision Technology
Diploma – 64 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $3,500 $3,500
Textbooks $150 $150
Personal Property Fee $370 $370
Grand Total $17,607.12 $16,097.44
  Body Technician
Certificate – 28 credits
Paint Preparation
Certificate – 21 credits
Certificate – 14 credits
Tuition $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr. $167.26/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr. $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $3,500 $3,500 $4,000
Textbooks $150 $150 $50
Personal Property Fee $370 $370 $370
Grand Total $9,303.88 $7,982.91 $7,061.94

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Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

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Auto Body Collision Technology

Work Environment

Skilled graduates find challenging careers as body, frame or paint technicians, adjusters, appraisers and managers in franchise or independent body shops, dealerships, specialty shops and insurance companies.

Job Outlook

According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for automotive body repairers is expected to grow 13.2 percent in Minnesota by the year 2020, which is above the statewide average. CAREERwise: "There will be a need for about 1,050 new Automotive Body Repairers to meet market demand between 2010-2020. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth."

Career Information

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Transfer Options

Auto Body Collision Technology

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Minnesota State University Moorhead BS Operations Management View

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events

Auto Body Collision Technology

The Auto Body Collision Technology program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student and alumni success as well as the accomplishments of our auto body instructors.

Auto Body Collision Technology News

Auto Body Collision Technology Events

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Clubs & Organizations

Auto Body Collision Technology

As a student in DCTC's Auto Body Collision Technology program, you can advance your professional development by networking with industry leaders and fellow technicians as well as through involvement in student organizations on campus.

Student Involvement on Campus

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in Real Magazine, a DCTC publication.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.