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Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Collision

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The Collision Repair Technology program is designed to provide training in repairing damaged auto bodies and parts. This program is Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified and will prepare students to obtain individual certification. Students may choose to do general body and paint work and develop skills in many areas, or they may specialize in the areas in which they have the greatest ability and interest. There are opportunities to learn many skills such as metal work, spray painting, welding, auto glass, and electrical systems. Collision Repair Technology is a self paced program. Job opportunities are great as a Collision Repair Technician. A graduate could perform custom car work, become an estimator, a salesperson, shop manager, or be a business owner. The former days of the old auto body technician are slowly going away. The industry now demands collision repair technicians that can work on vehicles with advanced collision avoidance/detection systems, and repair newer construction materials such as aluminum, high strength and ultra high strength steels. Technicians must have a working knowledge of electronics, computers, coding, geometry and math to repair todays modern collision damaged vehicles.


  • 2022 Tennessee state Skills USA Automotive Refinishing gold medal winner Devin Epperson(left).

Under The Hood

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

Collision Repair Technology is a full time, four trimester, sixteen month program. Students are in class from 7:30am - 2:00pm daily. Graduates receive a technical diploma, and multiple industry recognized certifications while enrolled.

Is this a full or part time program?


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

All classes are in person. Class time consists of one and a half hours in the classroom each morning and 4 and a half hours in the shop/lab during the day.

What does the program cost?

Total tuition and fees are $5344

What types of financial assistance or scholarships are available?

Tennessee Promise, Pell Grant, Tennessee Reconnect, Tennessee Lottery scholarship, etc.

Describe the application process and eligibility.

The application process and eligibility requirements can be found at www.tcatmorristown.edu

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

Students learn on customer live work projects geared toward preparing them for real life career opportunities all throughout their four trimesters of study.

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

Currently Collision Repair Technology has 100% job placement for its graduating students.

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

$13-15 hourly on the low end starting salary. Many students achieve $70k to over $100k within 2-5 years after graduating.

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

The instructor of this program has nine years of career and technical education including Electronics Technology and Computer Information Technology. With the advance in autonomous driving features, collision avoidance technology, and hybrid/electric technology in todays modern vehicles students are able to learn new technologies from an instructor that understands modern and emerging vehicle technology.

What general and specialty tools does the school provide?

Collision estimating software, automotive repair software, frame machine, laser measuring system, aluminum, silicon bronze, tig, stick and mig welder. paint mixing system, simulated paint spray system, aluminum repair equipment, etc.

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

The student is responsible to purchase a tool box and basic hand tools as described in the bookstore tool list.

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

The instructor is involved with all the students during the 4.5 hours of lab time each day.

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

1.5 hours is spent in the classroom each morning followed by 4.5 hours of lab/shop time.

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

A certified safety program is required to be taken and passed before any student is allowed in the lab. The instructor is with the students in the lab supervising and helping them at all times.

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

OSHA Workplace Housekeeping is taught after safety during the first week of beginning class. The class describes what needs to be done to ensure a clean and safe working environment. At the end of each day the students participate in clean up to prepare the lab for the next school day.

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

Shop Key Pro, CCC One Estimating

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

Shop Key Pro, CCC One Estimating

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

Students learn real life skills working on collision damaged vehicles for sixteen months which prepares them to step into the collision industry with a good understanding of the processes and practices they will need.

Course timeline

1st Trimester Student – Worker Characteristics, Safety, Related Math, Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair • SP/2 Safety course online. • ALI Lift Safety Training online. • OSHA Housekeeping classroom training. • Tech Foundations – Related Math computer lab building • IRP00e Intro to Collision Repair Process Overview • IRT00e Intro to Industry Repair Terms • IMV00e Intro to Mechanical Repair Terms and Vehicle Protection • IMT01e Intro to Mechanical Systems Terminology - Part 1 • IMT02e Intro to Mechanical Systems Terminology - Part 2 • IPS00e Intro to Personal Safety • IRC01e Intro to Refinishing and Corrosion Protection - Part 1 • IRC02e Intro to Refinishing and Corrosion Protection - Part 2 • ISS00e Intro to Safety Systems • ITM01e Intro to Tools, Equipment, and Attachment Methods - Part 1 • ITM02e Intro to Tools, Equipment, and Attachment Methods - Part 2 • ICM00e Intro to Vehicle Construction Materials • IVT01e Intro to Vehicle Parts Terminology - Part 1 • IVT02e Intro to Vehicle Parts Terminology - Part 2 2nd Trimester Student – Worker Characteristics, Advanced Non-Structural Analysis & Damage Repair, Welding. • WKR01 Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety • TRM02e Removing and Installing Hardware Interior Trim • TRM03e Removing and Installing Exterior Trim, Pinstripes, and Decals • STS01 Cosmetic Straightening Steel • EXT03e Bolted-On Exterior Panels - Part 1 • EXT04e Bolted-On Exterior Panels - Part 2 • GLA01 Movable Glass • CPS01 Corrosion Protection • PLA03 Plastic and Composite Repair • LSC04e Automotive Lighting • FOM01 Automotive Foams • GE010e Vehicle Material Construction types • NEW16 Vehicle Technology and Trends 2016 • EPEN1 End of Program Exam - Non-Structural ProLevel 1 3rd Trimester Student – Worker Characteristics, Structural & Advanced Structural Analysis & Damage Repair, Mechanical and Electrical Components, DAECS Damage Analysis – Estimating – Customer Service, Workplace Skills. • Chapter 4 – Service Information, Specifications, and Measurements • Chapter 8 – Collision Repair Materials and Fasteners • Chapter 15 – Welding • Chapter 16 – Structural Glass Service • Chapter 17 – Body/Frame Damage Measurement • Chapter 18 – Unibody/Frame Repair and Realignment • Chapter 19 – Welded Panel Replacement • Chapter 21 – Chassis Service and Wheel Alignment • NC3 596 Multi-meter Training – Taught by instructor • Chapter 22 – Electrical System Operation and Service • Chapter 23 – Restraint System Operation and Service • Chapter 24 – Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Service • Chapter 25 – Damage Analysis and Estimating Service 4th Trimester Student – Worker Characteristics, Painting and Refinishing, EWAP – Exit With A Plan. • WKR01 Hazardous Materials, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety • REF01e Refinishing Equipment • REF02e Surface Preparation and Masking • REF04 Detailing • TRM03e Removing and Installing Exterior Trim, Pinstripes, and Decals • CPS01 Corrosion Protection • REF07 Waterborne Products, Systems, and Application • HAP01e Hazardous Airborne Pollutant Reduction • HWD01e Hazardous Material Storage and Disposal • NEW16 Vehicle Technology and Trends 2016 • EPA 6H Environment Spray Paint Training • EPER1 End of Program Exam - Refinish ProLevel 1

Randy Dunn

My name is Randy Dunn and I have nine years of career and technical education and hold multiple technical diplomas in the fields of Electronics, Computer Information Technology, Automotive Technology, and Collision Repair Technology. I hold multiple industry certifications in each of these fields and have worked in related industries for the past 35 years, I have held positions as an electronics technician, an IT support technician, collision shop technician, automotive instructor and collision instructor. Currently I instruct post-secondary and dual enrollment secondary students in Collision Repair using approved NATEF curriculum to achieve I-CAR and/or ASE industry certifications. Provide training, testing, and hands-on lab experience to students in a self-paced learning environment. Job placement rate for graduating students from this program is currently 100%.

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