All students applying for this program are REQUIRED to RSVP for and attend a Tuesday Info Session. Sessions are now available both virtually and in-person.
|Auto Body Collision Technology - A.A.S. Degree||72 cr.||On Campus|
|Auto Body Collision Technology - Diploma||64 cr.||On Campus|
|Body Technician - Certificate||28 cr.||On Campus|
|Paint Preparation - Certificate||21 cr.||On Campus|
|Estimator - Certificate||14 cr.||On Campus|
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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 hands-on repair of customer vehicles.
The Auto Body Collision Technology program is accredited by the ASE Education Foundation and utilizes curriculum from I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair).
This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.
|Auto Body Collision Technology
A.A.S. Degree • 72 credits
|Auto Body Collision Technology
Diploma • 64 credits
Certificate • 28 credits
Certificate • 21 credits
Certificate • 14 credits
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.
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 on Handshake. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.
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.
Skilled graduates find rewarding careers as body, frame or paint technicians, adjusters, appraisers and managers in franchise or independent body shops, dealerships, specialty shops and insurance companies.
According to CAREERwise Education, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, employment for automotive body repairers is expected to grow 5.3% in the U.S. by the year 2030 and there will be a need for about 3,017 new Automotive Body Repairers to meet market demand in Minnesota between 2020-2030. This includes the demand due to replacement (workers leaving the occupation or retiring) as well as growth.
If you are looking to bring in any college credit, visit our Transfer To DCTC Resource Page and DCTC will help you through the process.
If you are looking to transfer to a 4-year institution after completing your degree, DCTC can help you through the process! Check out our Transfer From DCTC Resource Page.
Transferology is used to find out how your courses might transfer to DCTC and any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account for free and create a plan now!
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.
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.
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.