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Automotive Collision Repair

About

Automotive collision repair technicians are responsible for repairing physical damage to vehicles. Auto body shops are the most common employers for this position. Also, car dealerships contract collision repair techs to make repairs on their fleet of vehicles.

Education Required

  • High School Diploma
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary: $46,000
Starting Annual Salary: $23,000
Senior Annual Salary: $67,000

common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Associate in Applied Science

What Work You'll Do

  • Restore vehicles to original condition after damage occurs.
  • Remove damaged auto body parts without damaging surrounding area.
  • Drive customer vehicles to ensure repair has been done correctly.

Things You Need to Know

  • Know how to use various tools to correctly repair damaged vehicles.
  • Follow repair guide instructions accurately in order to efficiently make car repairs
  • Have broad experience with various types of vehicle makes and models.

Abilities You'll Need to Have

Major Skills:
  • Dependability
  • Mechanical Aptitude
  • Shapes Forms
Additional Skills:
  • Lift/move various parts, diagnostic equipment, etc. in order to make vehicle repairs.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify repair solutions in an efficient manner.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand.
  • Attention to Detail – Having a good eye for detail helps automotive collision repair technicians make repairs accurately and efficiently.
  • Dexterity is required since a free range of motion is necessary in order to make repairs. 
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At a Glance

Education Required

  • High School Diploma
  • Associates Degree

Salaries

Median Annual Salary:
$46,000

Starting Annual Salary:
$23,000

Senior Annual Salary:
$67,000


common Majors or Possible Apprenticeships

Associate in Applied Science