Auto Body Technology (ABODY)
For course descriptions, please see the college catalog.
- Mark Millbauer
The field of Auto Body Technology is experiencing a period of growth and demand. As a result, Auto Body Technology students may find work in the fifth or sixth quarter and then enroll in a Co-op experience where they receive college credit, work experience, and a salary.
Auto Body Technicians are specialists in repairing or replacing damaged portions of automobile bodies and frames. They also restore, paint, and/or refinish complete automobiles.
Green River Community College offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science degree program that is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). This program trains students for immediate employment in the industry and could help them proceed into management and/or ownership of an auto body repair facility.
Graduates of the program will achieve competencies set forth by NATEF, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR), the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE), and related education in the fields of leadership, human relations, and communication.
Students may also sign up for Auto Body classes and their prerequisites without pursuing the AAS degree. This enables interested students to gain specific skills.
Auto Body Technology graduates can seek employment in the following areas:
- Auto body shops
- Car dealers
- Yourself (shop owner)
- Aircraft manufacturers
- Boat repair shops
- Bus and coach companies
- Glass shops
- Government agencies
- Insurance agencies
- Paint shops
- Truck repair shops
- Upholstery shops
- Van and recreational vehicle repair shops
In addition to working as an auto body technician, you may find work as a/an
- Auto body foreman
- Auto body restoration specialist
- Auto body rebuilder
- Auto detail person
- Auto glass installer
- Claims adjuster or examiner
- Color tint technician
- Custom painter
- Mobile repair person
- Trim and/or auto upholsterer
Entry into the program is possible on a space-available basis at the beginning of every quarter with instructor’s permission. It is also possible to enroll and start classes after the quarter starts due to our variable credit format. Please contact an instructor.
All program applicants should have a desire to work on cars. New students are required to have an interview with the auto body instructor. You should be able to express yourself clearly and understand written instructions in textbooks and tests.
It depends on you. If you attend Green River full time, the Associate in Applied Science degree can be completed in six quarters. Night classes are also available. Students often find work in their fifth or sixth quarter, and are placed in a Co-op experience where they can receive college credit, work experience, and earn a salary.
You should expect expenses of about $300 per quarter for coveralls, tools, and safety equipment.
A student needs numerical aptitude and the ability to concentrate, conceptualize, organize and remember details, and the ability to work on a team.
In Green River's Auto Body Technology Program you can:
- Learn through hands-on experience
- Get an experience similar to working at a real autobody/repair operation
- Earn credit for previous experience by demonstrating your skills
- Move through the program at your own pace, thanks to our competency-based curriculum
- Develop skills necessary to enter the field with a uniform level of competency in collision repair
- Learn skills and business techniques necessary to become self-employed, become a shop foreman, or work in a lead position in a shop
- Pursue the AAS degree or earn "certificates of completion" in each of the five Auto Body units (Abody 104-108)
- The Auto Body 100 class, Conduct/Safety Equipment, is a prerequisite to each of the other units
The Associate in Applied Science degree may be transferred to four-year institutions. However, all transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Careful planning with an advisor and coordination of courses with the college or university of your choice is advised, and available via the College Transfer Center
Placement of graduates is excellent, with many students finding jobs in their fifth or sixth quarters. The Auto Body program at GRCC maintains a great relationship with numerous local employers and is successful in placing most of the graduates. The high demand for workers in this field is nationwide. Journeyman collision repair technicians currently enjoy higher than average incomes that include competitive benefit packages.