Automotive Collision Repair

Learn at your own pace and show MCC what you know!  When you show us you mastered a skill, you’ll move forward at that moment. If you want more time to study and learn, then this program’s great for you too!  MCC’s Auto Collision Repair program is one of the few offering a new, innovative approach to education that gives the student more control.  It’s perfect for students with families and/or jobs.  Our instructor is well known as one of the best in the business, with a lot of industry contacts.  He’ll help you get set for a great career in Automotive Collision Repair!  Give him a call or send him an email today — his info’s over there on the right if your on a laptop or computer; if you’re on a mobile device just scroll down!  He’ll answer all your questions.   

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MCC offers an associate of applied science degree in Automotive Collision Repair Technology.  You’ll learn what you need to know in a state-of-the-art automotive facility on our beautiful Bullhead City campus.  This comprehensive program is open to all students.  If you’re from New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Nevada or Southern California, you can take advantage of the lower tuition rate assured by the Western Undergraduate Exchange agreement among western states.

The Collision Repair degree program prepares you in the areas of basic mechanics, metalwork, welding of metal and plastics, damage analysis and structural repair, and preparation for painting repaired automobiles.

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Man and women sandingA degree in Automotive Collision Repair Technology will help get you ready to take the tests for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Repair (IICAR) certification. You will be introduced to industry standards for safety regulations and techniques, and auto collision shop operations.

Auto Collision Repair Graduates work in repair, restoration and customization of modern and classic automobiles. The training at MCC is helping to meet the growing demand for qualified technicians who earn high wages as collision technicians.

Admission to the program is open year-round but new students start in the spring (late January). See the MCC catalog for more details about the course requirements, or call the Auto Collision Repair office at 928.758.3926 or toll free at 866.664.2832, ext. 4415

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to complete the Automotive Collision Repair program?

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.

How many students are accepted into the Automotive Collision Repair program each year?

Sixteen students will be accepted each spring semester.

How much does the Automotive Collision Repair program cost?

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.

How well are Automotive Collision Technicians paid?

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.

Is there a demand for Auto Collision Technology?

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.

What are actual working conditions like in the Automotive Collision field?

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.

What kind of career can an Auto Collision Technician expect?

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.

What kind of specialized skills will I master in the Automotive Collision Repair program?

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.

What skills, traits or preparatory classes would be helpful for the Automotive Collision Repair program?

  • Positive attitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Basic computer skills
  • Ability to work accurately
  • Good color identification ability
  • Ability to evaluate and make decisions
  • Good reading, writing and basic math skills

Where is the Automotive Collision Repair program offered?

All of the Automotive Collision Repair courses are offered on our Bullhead City campus in building 1000.

Who can participate in the Automotive Collision Repair program?

The Automotive Collision Repair program is open to everyone. Both men and women can be successful in this profession.