Collision Repair Technology

Collision Repair Technology  Associate Degree | ATU ozark

The work of the collision repair technician consists of those jobs that require knowledge of automotive construction and a relatively high degree of manual dexterity. Students enrolled in this program will become skilled in frame alignment, dent removal, replacing damaged parts, color matching, painting and basic principles of airbrushing. Students will receive instruction in solvent-based paints and in the implementation of green technology with water-borne paints.

Each student is required to furnish their own tools as approved by the instructor. The Collision Repair Technology program currently holds certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in Painting and Refinishing.


Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Students work on vehicles accepted for repair in the shop and lab.

Skills You Will Learn

  • Analyze and calculate collision estimates to generate a damage report.
  • Appropriately prepare automotive paint surfaces for refinishing.
  • Demonstrate appropriate applications of automotive paints and primers utilizing current industry standards.
  • Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and proficient skills utilized in automotive detailing.
  • Demonstrate appropriate repair solutions and applications in refinishing automotive plastics.
  • Demonstrate current industry standards of mixing automotive paints and primers.
  • Demonstrate welding knowledge and proficient skills utilized in automotive welding.
  • Employ solutions to properly repair multiple automotive structural materials.
  • Evaluate automotive paint conditions and properly diagnosis paint solutions.
  • Model industry recognized techniques for tinting and blending of automotive paints.
  • Utilize green concepts as recognized by the industry in the application of waterborne paints and primers.

Students living in states bordering Arkansas receive in-state tuition.

Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. The Arkansas Tech University school code to use on the FAFSA is 001089.

The AR Futures grant could cover your expenses for this credential. Check credential eligibility

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You could work as a(n):

  • Auto Body Painter
  • Autobody Technician
  • Automotive Service Advisor/Writer
  • Collision Parts Associate/Coordinator
  • Collision Repair Technician

Alumni of our program work at:

  • Cogswell Motors Body Shop
  • Dearmond Chassis and Paint
  • LA Customs Paint and Body
  • Sorrells Body Shop

View the links below to better understand the courses, the course timeline, and who your faculty will be when you enroll as an ATU student.

Credentials that stack with this degree:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies


Point of Pride

ASE Student Certification in all four areas is available for Collision Repair.



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Program Faculty



Kenneth Floyd

Kenneth Floyd
Program Chair

Shop Complex
Technology and Academic Support Building
1700 Helberg Lane
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 508-8500 ext 6615