5 reasons to consider pursuing a career as a Collision Repair Technician at Rosedale Technical College

Apr 20 2020

Are you looking for a fun and rewarding career?  If you like to work with your hands, have a skill for paying close attention to detail, and enjoy being creative, perhaps a career as an automotive collision repair technician is in your future.  Below are five of many reasons why you should consider Rosedale Technical College as the place for you to begin your future as a collision repair technician.

1. Our hands-on curriculum provides a fun and engaging education experience

Collision repair technicians, also known as auto body repair and refinishers, analyze, assess and fix damaged vehicles, both internally and externally.  A specific set of skills and experience are needed to be successful as a collision repair technician.  Rosedale Tech’s collision repair program can provide you with the foundation to obtain a broad range of entry level technician positions in the automotive collision repair industry.  An Associate in Specialized Technology Degree is awarded upon graduation.

Throughout Rosedale Tech’s 16-month program, students will learn a range of skills that cover the various phases of the automotive collision repair industry, including:

  • Auto Body & Components Repair
  • Collision Repair
  • Mechanical & Electrical Systems
  • Auto Refinishing
  • Panel Repair & Alignment
  • Estimating
  • Glass Replacement
  • Welding

Throughout lab time, which is about 70% of the collision repair program, students have the opportunity to find their creative flair throughout a number of hands-on projects.

Like many of our technical programs, the collision repair industry is constantly evolving with new materials and technologies.  Understanding the importance of staying on top of current trends and technologies, we continue to improve our curriculum to meet industry standards by staying on top of the changing trends as well as working with a dynamic group of employers and professionals through the college’s advisory board.

2. We are serious about certifications

As an I-CAR (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) certified program, Rosedale Tech’s collision repair program is geared towards preparing students to obtain meaningful careers in the automotive refinishing industry.  One way we achieve this is by incorporating I-CAR Pro Level Series certification training into the program.  Students in Rosedale Tech’s collision repair program have the opportunity to earn the I-CAR Pro Level Series certifications by completing 35 I-CAR certification tests.

To put that into perspective, many automotive refinishing shops are recognized as I-CAR Gold Class facilities.  In order to receive that recognition, technicians working within the shop must reach certain points of certification training to reach the pro level.

If completed independently, the pro level courses could cost a technician around $3,000.

In addition, technicians must complete four collision repair tests to become ASE certified technicians.  Prior to completing the ASE tests, a technician must complete two years of experience.  Students who complete Rosedale Tech’s collision repair program have an opportunity to use their 16-month education as the required two-years of experience.

3. Safety is one of our top priorities

Not only do we provide a fun environment to learn, but we also are proud to provide a safe learning environment for our students, in accordance with industry standards.  Our lab space, particularly areas used for paint stripping, surface coating, and painting, are 6H certified.  What does that mean?    In accordance with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule 40 CFR Part 63, Subpart HHHHHH (6H) was published in January 2009 and applies to any area source that engages in paint stripping using paint stripper containing methylene chloride (MeCl) and/or spray application of coatings to metal or plastic substrates with coatings containing compounds of chromium, lead, manganese, nickel or cadmium.

In order to maintain 6H certified, we must:

  • Must train/certify all equipment, spray techniques and maintenance are all in compliance
  • Perform spray coating in a paint booth or prep station with proper filtering
  • Use HVLP (high-volume, low-pressure) or equivalent technology
  • Maintain compliance with 6H requirements


4. Have you met our instructors?

Students in our collision repair program have the opportunity to learn from some of the top technical instructors in the business.  With a combined total of over 45 years of experience and a gamut of ASE, I-CAR, and PPG certifications, our instructors are well-equipped to train students for careers in the automotive collision repair industry.  Instructors Brian Pierce and Greg Lassinger both started their careers at technical schools like Rosedale Technical College.

Take the opportunity to meet our instructors and learn first-hand from them about our program by attending one of Rosedale Tech’s upcoming Open Houses or scheduling a shadow day, which gives you the opportunity to spend a day in one of our technical programs.

5. Training for a Lifelong Career

Rosedale Tech’s collision repair program develops a foundation for students to build upon and develop a lifelong career in the industry.  Graduates of this program have entry level career paths as automotive collision technician, automotive body technician, frame technician painter, estimator, auto glass installer and minor mechanical repairs. These positions are available in automotive new vehicle dealerships, independent body/repair shops, fleet service centers and car rental organizations. Additionally, students will be prepared to sit for the I-CAR certifications.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the median average hourly pay an automotive body and glass repairer will earn is $19.87/hour or $41,330 annually*.  The BLS also shares that the overall employment of automotive body and glass repairers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations.

As long as there are vehicles on the road, there will be a need for skilled automotive collision repair technicians.  According to the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there will be a need for automotive body and glass repairers in the next decade to meet industry demand. Most employers prefer to hire repair technicians who have completed a formal training program in automotive body repair or refinishing.

We work with over 1,800 regional employers who are competing to hire Rosedale Tech graduates to fill vacant positions in the mechanical, transportation, manufacturing and construction industries.

What’s next?

Are you ready to start your future in Rosedale Tech’s collision repair program?  Contact us today to speak with a representative about the admissions process as well as any questions about financial aid*, student housing, job placement, and more.  Also make sure to ask about our new grant programs, which provides eligible applicants with funding that does not have to be paid back.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

*Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.