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Fayetteville Technical Community College

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FTCC Collision U is dedicated to educating the public and helping to reach all students (Future & Alumni), in creating a community dedicated to Collision repair.


Under The Hood

Provide a quick overview of the program (i.e., time to complete, credits, type of degree, etc.).

The Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair, reconstruct and finish automobile bodies, fenders, and external features. Includes instruction in structure analysis, damage repair, non-structural analysis, mechanical and electrical components, plastics and adhesives, painting and refinishing techniques, and damage analysis and estimating. Curriculum in the Collision Repair & Refinish Technology pathway prepare individuals for employment as entry-level technicians in the Collision Repair industry. The program provides an introduction to the Collision Repair industry careers and increases student awareness of the diverse technologies associated with this dynamic and challenging field. Graduates of the Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program can earn multiple I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) certifications and be qualified for entry-level employment in automotive dealerships, independent repair shops, insurance companies or through self-employment, as estimators, customer service representatives or collision repair and refinishing technicians. Certifications include: ALLDATA Certified Automotive Information Specialist, I-CAR Non-Structural and Refinish ProLevels 1, 2, & 3, I-CAR Estimator ProLevel 1, I-CAR Steel Structural ProLevel 1, and I-CAR Steel and Aluminum Welding. Additionally, students may earn a PPG Waterborne Refinishing Certification.

Is this a full or part time program?

The Associates Degree (AAS) is a 65 credit program that is 5 semesters long. While we encourage completion on a full time basis, our program can be completed through "stackable" certificates for those students that have other commitments making full time participation difficult.

Describe how classes are conducted (i.e, in-person, online, in the shop, etc.).

The FTCC Collision program is run in specific sequence for all students to ensure successful completion of the program. The I-CAR modules are 95% online completed as homework for students. Classes are 85% hands-on with the remainder completed in the class room.

What does the program cost?

In state tuition for students is $132.00 per credit hour and out of state tuition is $324.00 per credit hour with an additional $400.00 fee 3 required classes. An AAS for in-state would cost $8980.00 at current tuition rates for 2022-2023

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Students are encouraged to complete FASFA to determine any financial aid they may qualify for through federal programs.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

You will need to complete the North Carolina residency Determination before your application can be completed. Once you have obtained your RDS # you can apply to FTCC. Applying to our program is very easy. Simple visit the FTCC website https://www.faytechcc.edu/ and navigate to the Collision Repair and Refinish Technology page. Scroll down until you find the dark gray banner that contains the "Register Now" button. Click the button and follow the instructions.

What types of work-based learning opportunities do you offer?

Our program gives our students credit for their Capstone project by working in an approved automotive related business during their final semester. We also have apprenticeship program available through partnerships with collision repair businesses both locally and out of state.

Describe your annual placements (i.e., number of students, percent who find a job in the industry, etc.).

100% of the students that successfully complete our program and are actively seeking employment in the collision repair industry have found employment. We also have a Draft Day event twice per year to showcase our students to the industry both locally and across the country for employment opportunity and this event has proven successful year after year for student to gain employment in the industry.

What types of salaries can students expect after graduating and as they advance in their career?

Depending on the market location students can expect to earn from $30K - $54K per year to start with rapid increases depending on their ability to speed up their work and deliver quality repairs. $100,000.00 per year is not uncommon for quality skilled technicians that can consistently turn over 100 hours a week of flat-rate time.

Is there anything unique about your program that you’d like to mention?

Our program has all of the newest technology and equipment available to train our students. We accept work from the general public so students work on real world scenarios and are expected to deliver quality repairs and refinish work. We strive to ensure the students are seeing and working on only the type of projects they will see in today's collision repair shops.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

All Tools are provided by the school for educational experience during their enrollment. Specialty equipment including but not limited to The Hunter Alignment and ADAS systems, 2 Frame repair bench systems (Car-O-Liner and Spanesi) 3 separate measuring systems (Car-o-liner, Chief, and Spanesi) access to 3 separate estimating platforms (CCC1, Mitchell and Audatex) Alldata Repair Information and more. Students will also learn to use a variety of scan tools to diagnose and repair or re-calibrate ADAS systems found in all newer vehicles.

What tools, if any, is a student responsible for providing?

Students are responsible for a Welding helmet, Work gloves, Welding Gloves, Welding Jacket, Safety glasses/goggles 3 Uniform shirt from the FTCC Book store and other related PPE.

When in the lab, how much one-on-one time does an instructor get with each student?

One on One Instruction time is dependent on individual students and class size and we take pride in providing more than 85% of our program in a face to face hands on environment.

What is the split between time spent in the classroom versus hands-on learning?

85:15 ratio for Lab to Classroom with the majority being spent in the lab.

What does the school do to ensure students stay safe while in the lab?

Student safety is reviewed at the start of each class and evaluated through the terms. students and the work environment are being monitored constantly throughout the day by multiple instructors to ensure everyone's safety.

What types of processes does the lab have to ensure a clean working environment?

Instructors and students for each class maintain and police their work areas on a daily bases. Parts are kept on individual part carts for each job, containers and cardboard is disposed of immediate once the parts are removed. at the end of each class there is a 20 minute clean up for the work area so the lab is cleaned multiple times per day.

Does the school have access to factory software? If so, please explain.

At FTCC CollisionU students have access to Repair software from Honda, Hunter and Alldata. They also have access to Airpro and ASTEC

What types of service and parts software are available for the students to access?

At CollisionU students have access to programs and software that are predominantly used in higher end collision repair facility's across the US today.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention about the lab environment?

Our lab consists of a full paint booth with mixing room, a double prep station and single prep station for painting. We have a CAR-O-LINER frame machine with the EVO3 system and CAR-O-TRONIC measuring. We have a Chief Genesis 3D measuring system as well as a Spanesi 106 Frame Bench with universal fixtures, as well as the Spanesi 3-D Touch Measuring system. Multiple welders from multiple manufacturers. Our aluminum room have a complete set of tools for repairing aluminum panels. Students also can attain their I-CAR Aluminum and Steel welding certifications while a student at FTCC.

Semester 4

AUB-141 Mechanical and Electrical COMP I AUM-111 Managing Automotive organization COM-120 Intro to interpersonal communication or COM-231 Public speaking AUC-285 Auto- custom Design project or WBL-113 Work Based Learning

Semester 3

AUB-162 Auto-body Estimating MAT-110 Math measuring TRN-170 PC skills for Transportation ATT-140 Emerging Transportation Technologies AUB-132 Structural Damage II

Semester 1

AUB-121 Non-Structural Damage I TRN-110 Intro to Transportation Technology AUB-111 Painting and Refinishing I AUM-112 Emerging Automotive Trends

Semester 2

AUB-131 Structural Damage I TRN-180 Basic welding for Transportation WLD-110 Cutting Process AUB-112 Painting and Refinishing II AUB-122 Non-Structural Damage II

Summer Semester

AUB-114 Special Finishes ENG-110 Freshman Composition or ENG-111 Writing and Inquiry

Robbie Lynch

Program Coordinator

Joshua Armour


Matthew Conley


Quintin Patterson


Antonio Rojas


Doug Irish

Mr. Irish graduated from Saint Leo University with a BA in Business Management and has more than four decades of collision industry experience, including expertise in appraisal and claim technical development. Mr. Irish began his career as a repair technician, eventually owning a repair business, as well as managing multiple Dealer and Independent Collision Repair Centers. In addition as a licensed appraiser he spent 20 years with MetLife Auto & Home, responsible for estimatics, training, vendor solutions and MetLife’s “Guaranteed Repair Program”. Having established professionally recognized expertise in operational leadership, Irish now oversees the strategic operations as President and CEO of AccuracyDriven4 as well as serving as Department Chair for Fayetteville Technical Community College's Collision Repair & Refinish Technology program. Mr. Irish is also an instructor for multiple classes at FTCC CollisionU.

Shop Talk

Listen up as Doug Irish gives a couple shoutouts and explains how other shops can help school programs and the next generation of technicians.