Automotive Collision Technology Technician

auto repair

Program Description

The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program prepares students for employment in the auto body repair trade.   Shop experiences include: repair cost estimation, removal and replacement of auto body parts, preparation and painting of vehicles using base coat and clear coat systems, frame and body straightening and repair.  Instruction includes theory, laboratory, and classroom work as each relates to all phases of the auto body repair field.



Audatex Estimating Certification


College Credit Award

Program completers may receive articulated credit toward an aligned certificate, A.A.S. or A.S. degree program at participating institutions in the Tampa Bay Career Pathways Consortium.  Details may be obtained from the Career Specialist and/or the School Counselor.


Career Information

Possible direct-entry careers after high school:  Auto body painter technician’s helper, auto body repair technician’s helper.

Possible careers after two years post-secondary training:  Business owner, parts clerk.

Possible careers after four-year university degree:  Business owner, technical representative, engineer,

insurance claims adjuster.


Basic Skills Exit Requirements

TABE Math Level 9                    TABE Language Level 9               TABE Reading Level 9

In order to be a program completer, some students must meet minimum math, language, and reading achievement level exit standards on the TABE, unless otherwise exempt, as established by the Florida Department of Education.  Additional information can be found on Page 5 of the MTC Catalog and/or obtained from the Office for Adult Technical Education.



The uniform for this program consists of MTC work shirts with standard cut blue jeans or work-style pants (no baggy or multi-pocketed stylized “dress jeans” will be permitted).  Orders for uniform work shirts will be taken once class begins.  A minimum of two complete uniforms is required to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness.  For safety reasons, it will be necessary to purchase and wear safety glasses, a personal respirator, solvent resistant gloves, dust mask and hard leather work shoes with non-skid, oil resistant soles (no tennis shoes).  Proper uniform and safety equipment must be worn every day for participation in program activities.  Failure to be in proper uniform will hinder normal student progress.



Basic hand tools are required for this program.  Information regarding tools, brands, and discount prices will be discussed in detail during the first week of class.


Important Links

Program Instructor

Christopher Poliseno, Instructor

DSBPC Vocational Certification

15+ Years In-Field Experience

Building 8, Room 08-004



Kim Dunn, Career Specialist