Automotive Collision Repair

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Automotive Collision Repair

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The Automotive Collision Repair is a one-year diploma program that teaches students:

  • The theory and practices of metal forming and shaping
  • Body fillers, frame straightening and repair
  • Uni-body straightening and repairs
  • Refinishing procedures
  • Paints and paint chemistry
  • Equipment use and care

Cost estimating and customer relations skills are also emphasized. A majority of class time is devoted to practical laboratory experience in the college’s Auto Collision Repair Center.

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Graduates of the Automotive Collision Repair program will be able to:

  • Perform related math skills for various shop activities.
  • Demonstrate proper hand and power tool use, equipment maintenance and repair.
  • Demonstrate proper shop personal safety skills.
  • Analyze vehicle information and document damage, including mechanical, electrical, and cosmetic repairs.
  • Accurately measure vehicle structure, repair, and replace body panels.
  • Refinish new and repaired body panels.
  • Perform automotive welding processes to industry I-CAR steel welding qualification standards.

Kirkwood is an affordable option, offering more than $3 million in scholarships each year. Apply for scholarships now!

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements, and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

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Program Costs

Automotive Collision Repair 

Program Entry Semester: Fall 2021

Year One

TERM FALL SPRING TOTAL
Credits: 17 17 34
Tuition: $3,162 $3,162 $6,324
Fees: $7,024.30 $225 $7,249.30
Books: $329.50 $90 $419.50

 

Summer

TERM SUMMER TOTAL
Credits: 10 10
Tuition: $1,860 $1,860
Fees: $140 $140

 

TOTAL ESTIMATED COST $15,992.80

 

Costs provided are estimated and based on in-state tuition rates. Book cost estimates are for new books. Individual expenses may vary. These costs also do not factor in potential financial aid benefits. For a complete view of your specific cost expectation, visit our Cost Estimator Tool.
 
Included fees: Technology Fees, Lab Course Fees, Third Party Credentials, Class Related Supplies (Laptop Computer), and Ancillary Expenses (Tool Sets)
 
Current Tuition Rates per Credit Hour: $ 186 In-State; $ 249 Out-of-State; $ 372 International
 
Updated: 1/21/2021

Program Requirements

To get into the Automotive Collision Repair program, you must complete the following, in addition to Kirkwood’s steps to become a student:

Tool Requirements

Students in the Auto Collision Repair program are required to have a tool set for lab activities. Instructors provide students with a list of minimum requirements. The cost of tools and tool box is approximately $5,800 and payment plans can be arranged directly with the financial aid office.

Additional Information

The Kirkwood Auto Collision Repair program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to perform entry level collision repair services at acceptable industry standards.

Through this program, you will also complete The National Career Readiness Certificate, which demonstrates to employers career readiness. This certificate will increase your value and earning potential in the workforce.

Classes for this program include:

  • Intro to Metalworking and Refinishing
  • Metalworking and Refinishing Practices
  • Metalworking and Refinishing
  • Industrial Math
  • Auto Collision Welding
  • Basic Automotive Electricity
  • Metalworking
  • Body Straightening and Painting
  • Workplace Communications

Our experienced instructors continually update their knowledge on current trends and procedures by attending additional I-CAR training, clinics, seminars and trade shows. The faculty utilizes the most current I-CAR Professional Development Program curriculum.

Read more program information and full Plan of Study.

Career opportunities for students that complete the Auto Collision Repair program include:

  • Body shop technician
  • Auto garage or repair service technician
  • Auto/truck dealership technician
  • Tool sales company representative
  • Equipment/material sales representative
  • Insurance claims adjuster

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319-398-4983
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