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Auto Body Repair

Auto Body Repair Associate of Applied Science Degree
Auto Body Repair Diploma

Program Overview

Auto body repair workers repair and replace automotive body and frame components. 

Students in the Auto Body Repair Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree and Auto Body Repair Diploma programs will learn many skills including frame repair, welding and cutting, metal straightening, application of up-to-date materials, metal finishing, customized painting and alignment of body components. Students will also learn to estimate damage and compute labor and material costs. 

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of auto body repair workers will continue to increase.

Program Delivery Methods
Traditional in-class and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​​

What You'll Learn

  • ​Repair and replace automotive and body components 
  • Frame repair, metal straightening, welding and cutting 
  • Application of up-to-date body materials 
  • Metal finishing and alignment of body components 
  • Estimate damage and compute labor and materials costs 
  • Paint preparation and color matching techniques 
  • Painting and customized painting 
  • Paint finish and detailing​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​​Shop/classroo​​m Visit Recommended
    Contact Program Faculty to arrange a visit.​

    Additional Program Requirements/Costs
    It is mandatory for students in this program to purchase tools and equipment, perso​​nal protective/safety equipment, and textbooks for a total additional program cost of approximately $1,000 to $2,000. Contact Program Faculty for more information.


    Additional Requirements/Recommendations

    • Students​​​​ must read well enough to follow written instructions and comprehend technical information.

    • Basic arithmetic skills are needed in order to prepare paint and body material es​timates and paint formulas.

    • Physical requirements include good mechanical coordination, good eyesight (including color vision), average strength, good sense of feel, and ability to withstand dust, paint fumes, and noise.​

  • Career Settings

    • ​​Independent body shops 
    • Dealership body shops 
    • Specialty shops 
    • Own your own shop 
    • Insurance Claim Adjuster 
    • Truck Body Shop​
    Potential Employers
    • Bonfe's Auto Body Repair
    • ABRA Auto Body
    • State Farm Insurance
    • Sears Imports - Minnetonka
    • 3M

  • Transfer Pathways

    ​​Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following programs and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs l​isted below. For more information please go to ​​​​ 

    Auto Body Repair AAS

    • ​​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead 
    • BS Applied Management, Dunwoody College of Technology​​​

    Auto Body Repair Diploma

    • ​BS Operations Management, Minnesota State University-Moorhead​

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  • Additional Benefits

    • ​Learn from experienced instructors who teach in a "hands on" environment. 
    • Advance on the job to estimator, adjuster, or shop manager. 
    • After graduation, enter an apprenticeship training program and work with an experienced journeyperson to increase your advancement opportunities. 
    • Your technical college experience can shorten the length of an apprenticeship​
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