Collision Repair Technology Program Spotlight

EASTERN’s Collision Repair Technology program can help students prepare for a rewarding career in fields such as automotive, marine and aeronautic service, new car design, manufacturing representative, insurance industry damage appraisal and testing, race car fabrication and vehicle engineering, metal fabrication, safety design engineering, technical writing, consumer information technologies, collision test engineering, and teaching.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of automotive body repairers is projected to grow 13 percent from 2012 to 2022. Job opportunities should be very good for job seekers with industry certification and formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing and in collision repair.

Collision repair technicians possess the critical skills to perform repairs and custom refinishing according to manufacturer specifications. Collision repair technicians fix damaged body parts of all automotive vehicles such as cars, vans, trucks, and emergency vehicles.

A student enrolled in this two-year career program benefits from a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on experience needed to carry out repairs on motor vehicles. Students benefit from the use of I-Car (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) enhanced curriculum. Career objectives for this program include Automotive Refinisher; Sheet Metal/Cosmetic Repair Person; Frame/Structural Repair Person; and Automotive Refinisher’s Helper (one-year students).

This is one of only seventeen secondary programs in Pennsylvania certified by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) for meeting industry standards. The work performed in this program is considered college-level by post-secondary schools such as Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Penn College of Technology.

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