Auto Body Collision Technology

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Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

If you are interested in using your passion for vehicles to become an Collision Repair Technician, SCTCC has a program for you. Students in the SCTCC Auto Body Collision Technology program learn a variety of skills and work with new technologies to prepare for a career as a Collision Repair Technician.

In SCTCC classrooms, students will work with high strength steels, plastics, aluminum, and the latest in paint technologies. We train our students with a Virtual Paint System to prepare for spraying with today’s HVLP paint guns and waterborne paints.

Students can expect to learn fundamental repair skills such as metal straightening, body filler application, and sanding of different substrates. In the auto body collision technology program, students will also experience mild and high strength steel welding using MIG welding standards set by the industry.


Placement rate from self-reported data of employment in field of study up to one year post graduation.

2021 Placement
Central MN Median Wage

Wage data is from Minnesota Dept. of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

From Degree to Career

When you choose the Auto Body program at SCTCC, you’ll gain skills that will directly transfer to the workplace. There are several employers in the St. Cloud area that are ready to hire accountants, including Miller Auto Body, Buffalo Collision, St. Cloud Collision Center, D & B Auto, and more.

At SCTCC, we equip our students with skills necessary for the workforce. After graduation, students can administer nonstructural and structural repairs, refinishing, welding, and aluminum repair.

Our students even learn skills in plastic repair, estimating, basic electrical and mechanic workings, and uni-body and frame repairs. With the abilities taught in SCTCC classrooms, our graduates are certain to succeed.

Quick Glance

  • Nonstructural/ Structural Repairs
  • Refinishing
  • Welding
  • Aluminum Repair
  • Plastic Repair
  • Estimating
  • Basic Electrical and Mechanical
  • Unibody & Frame Repair

Types of Careers

With a degree from the auto body collision technology program, students have various career opportunities after graduation. Our graduates have worked as body, refinish, glass, prep, and frame technicians.

Students have even found careers as estimators, detailers, sales representatives, insurance adjusters, and industrial painters.

A day in the life of an SCTCC graduate often looks like working for a leading automotive dealer body shop as body technician. By utilizing the skills taught at SCTCC, graduates are bound to excel in any career path they choose.

Potential Employers

The skills we equip students with at SCTCC make them highly employable. Students have found jobs with independent collision facilities, whole sale suppliers, and automotive dealer body shops.

Our graduates have even found employers with industry sales representatives, insurance companies, and manufacturing plants. With so many career areas hiring auto body collision technician graduates, SCTCC students can find a career path right for them.

Quick Glance

Types of Careers

  •  Body Technician 
  • Refinish Technician 
  • Glass Technician 
  • Prep Technician 
  • Frame Technician 
  • Estimator 
  • Detailer 
  • Sales Representative 
  • Insurance Adjuster 
  • Industrial Painter 

Potential Employers

  • Automotive Dealer Body Shops 
  • Independent Collision Facilities 
  • Wholesale Supplier 
  • Industry Sales Representatives 
  • Insurance Companies 
  • Manufacturing Plants

From Miller Auto Body, Buffalo Collision, and Jeff’s Body Shop, SCTCC graduates have found jobs with a variety of local body shops. Our students have also worked with St. Cloud Collision Center, Granite Falls Coating, D & B Autobody, County of Stearns, and even CMS Autobody.

Quick Glance

  • Miller Auto Body
  • Buffalo Collision
  • Jeff's Body Shop
  • St. Cloud Collision Center
  • Granite Falls Coating
  • D & B Autobody
  • County of Stearns 
  • CMS Autobody
  •  NATEF accreditation (ASE) 
  • ASE Student Certification 
  • I-CAR Student Certification 


  • PPG

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Student using a paint spray simulator
Student using a paint spray gun in a booth
Student and instructor attaching a car door
Student sanding a car door

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Are you ready to learn more about the Auto Body program and being a student at SCTCC? Contact our instructors directly or join us for a Transportation Info Session to meet with instructors and Admissions representatives to get started.

Connect with the SCTCC Admissions team:

  • Call us at 320-308-5089
  • Email us at
  • On campus Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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Paying for College

Students choose SCTCC for a lot of reasons, but saving money is one reason we hear from almost every student at SCTCC. We’ve got a breakdown of the costs for the program, along with information on financial aid and scholarships.

In addition to tuition and fees, students can expect additional costs for tools and books.

Grainger Tools: Apply for this scholarship through the SCTCC Foundation

Automotive Scholarship Central: Scholarships from the University of the Aftermarket Foundation and more than 30 additional organizations and donors. More info & apply online

Collision Education Foundation: Scholarships for veteran collision repair students and family members of military veterans. More info & apply online

Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA): Scholarship awards range from $2,000 - $3,000. More info & apply online

Apply just once and students are considered for all eligible scholarships.

SCTCC Scholarships

Current Students

Current Auto Body students - this is your place for information.

Tyler Kunstleben
(320) 308-5743

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