The Automotive Collision Repair Technician Program takes 24 months to complete. The program will take four semesters with full-time attendance. Upon successful completion, technicians will receive an Associate of Applied Sciences degree.
Sixteen students will be accepted each spring semester.
The cost is affordable: Fees for the program are competitive and MCC’s low tuition rate makes the cost of a college degree in auto body repair affordable; plus, financial aid is available for those who qualify.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a shortage of skilled technicians nationwide today. A high-tech career in this field offers mobility and job security. The starting wage can be $9 to $15 per hour. Journeyman wages can reach as high as $60,000 to $120,000 annually. Many technicians are paid on a commission rate based on total hours spent on each vehicle.
Opportunities for employment, high wages and career advancement have never been better in the automotive field and Arizona job openings for collision technicians are increasing. Many current technicians are at retirement age, but because of an unfilled need for skilled labor, older employees are being asked to stay on and are offered extra incentive to meet demands. Placement is high because light vehicle registrations continue to increase and because of the technical skills required to implement repairs.
Most automotive technicians work a standard 40-hour week, but many self-employed technicians work longer hours. Auto collision technicians typically work in well-ventilated, well-lighted repair facilities.
Auto collision technicians are hired by auto dealerships and independent collision centers. As an experienced technician, the student may also choose to open a business, work as an insurance adjuster, or become a factory representative for industry suppliers.
You will master all facets of external body work from dents and scratches to surface preparation, refinishing and repainting. You will learn frame repair, glass replacement, airbag replacement, panel replacement, metal straightening, metal cutting, inert gas welding, plastic and fiberglass repair and suspension realignment, as well as damage appraisal and repair estimating.
All of the Automotive Collision Repair courses are offered on our Bullhead City campus in building 1000.
The Automotive Collision Repair program is open to everyone. Both men and women can be successful in this profession.