Automotive Collision Technology Technician

The purpose of the Automotive Collision Technology Technician program is to prepare students for employment in the automotive collision repair and refinishing field. Click here for additional program information.opens in a new window


1,400 – approximately 47 weeks

testing requirements

Basic Skills Assessment


LTC Main Campus

Starting Salaries

Vary, averaging from $31,667 to $52,500*
*Based on local industry information

Recent Employers of Graduates:

  • American Marine Sports Boat Builders
  • Caliber Collision & Glass
  • Cecil Clark Chevrolet
  • City Collision
  • Embraer Executive Aircraft
  • Gainesville Buick GMC
  • Gerber Collision & Glass
  • Knapheide Truck – Orlando
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Plaza Lincoln Leesburg
  • Revology Cars Orlando
  • Ryan’s Collision Center

Starting Salaries

What you’ll learn

Automotive Collision Technology Technician Completion Points (OCP)

Automotive Collision Technology Technician Master Plan of Instruction – (PDFopens in a new windowopens in a new window & HTMLopens in a new windowopens in a new window)

  • Basic auto body skills
  • Hands-on training using state-of-the-art industry equipment and paint systems
  • Hands-on training using Chief EZ Liner and Garmat paint booth systems
  • Welding, body repair, frame repair, painting, and estimating
  • National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and I-CAR Certified materials


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OCPCourse NumberCourse TitleCourse Length
AARR0140Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Helper/Assistant150 hrs
BARR0141Automotive Collision Refinishing Technician450 hrs
CARR0312Non-Structural Damage Repair Technician300 hrs
DARR0022Damage Analysis and Estimating75 hrs
EARR0112Automotive Collision Welding, Cutting and Joining75 hrs
FARR0295Structural Damage Repair Technician350 hrs

Automotive Collision FAQ’s

An auto body repair technician is responsible for carrying out various forms of repair on vehicles including structural repairs to the frame of the car, repairing dents, and painting the car for a perfect finish to match or improve the car’s initial paint job.

You can learn to paint cars as part of any legitimate auto body repair school. The Automotive Collision Technology Technician program at Lake Tech includes hands-on training using state-of-the-art industry equipment and paint systems.  

The average salary in Florida for a collision repair technician is $40,516 annually, according to ZipRecruiter. Starting salaries for automotive collision repair technicians in Central Florida range from $21,000 to $52,000 depending on the type of placement.

In auto body school, you’ll gain the skills and experience to become a custom car painter. Auto body repair school includes training in custom car paint blends, preparation of the surface of the car, protecting areas of the vehicle that will not be painted, and advanced car paint application techniques.

To become a collision repair technician, it is highly recommend to complete a trade school program such as the Automotive Collision Technology Technician at Lake Tech. While some body shops may hire technicians with only a high school diploma or GED, studying the principles and techniques of collision repair will allow to find better paid positions and to advance more quickly in your career. It also prepares you for highly sought after certifications such as ASE certification.

In order to get ASE certified, you will need set up an exam at a testing center. You can register for the ASE exams and take practice test online, but you will need to go in person to take the test at one of over 400 testing centers around the U.S. Additionally, in order to earn ASE certification, you will need to show 2 years of work experience and/or hands on training in auto body school to prove you have acquired the necessary skills.

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Placement Rate*



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Placement calculation may exclude (if applicable) program completers that are awaiting exam results,
refused employment, continued post-secondary education, or may be otherwise unavailable for employment.

Book list

Books & Fees (PDFopens in a new windowopens in a new window & HTMLopens in a new windowopens in a new window)

For the most recent book list for the Automotive Collision Technology Technician, visit Lake Technical College’s Bookstore.

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Automotive Schools Near Me

Located near Orlando, FL, the Autobody School at Lake Technical College allows you to earn ASE Certification. We offer hands-on Autobody Training and Autobody Painting Courses with expert instructors to ensure you meet qualifications for immediate job placement. The Autobody Repair School at Lake Tech prepares you for employment as an autobody technician, insurance appraiser, or shop manager. Learn more about How to Become an Auto Body Technician. If you are searching for Autobody School Near Me, Autobody Painting Courses Near Me, or Autobody Repair School Near Me, call us today at (352) 589-2250 or apply online.

Instructor / contact


Andre Gardin


Phone Number: 352.589.2250, x1874

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