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Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology


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Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology

Students will have an awareness of the diverse technologies associated with the dynamic and challenging field of collision repair and refinishing. With hands-on learning, students will enter the workforce as entry-level technicians in the transportation industry, learning on the latest equipment using the most up-to-date technologies. Students will gain a full understanding and the skills necessary to repair, reconstruct and finish automobile bodies, fenders, and external features. This degree or certification will provide you with the skills needed to enter the workforce in an industry that is always in demand.


Highlights of the Program

  • Transportation systems theory 
  • Braking systems 
  • Climate control 
  • Drive trains 
  • Electrical and electronic systems 
  • Engine repair and performance 
  • Product finishing 
  • Safety 
  • Steering/suspension 
  • Transmissions 


  • Diploma in Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology 
  • Certificate in Collision Repair and Refinishing – Basic 
  • Associate in Applied Science – Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology 

Potential Careers


  • Automobile Technician 
  • Repair Worker 
  • Automotive Service Mechanic 
  • Automotive Body Repairer 
  • Coating/Painting Operator 


  • $39,400 annual, median


VR Technology

Collision instructor using VR to paint a vehicle

Haywood Community College has obtained numerous educational tools to help train students on the latest equipment to prepare them to enter the workforce upon graduation. The Automotive program received a portable engine cut-away display that shows the intricacies of all engine parts. The Collision & Repair program area received a Sim Spray, a machine that allows users to paint car parts virtually. Using virtual reality technology, users can put on a virtual reality headset and use a handheld simulated spray gun to paint a vehicle part such as a door, bumper, and more. 

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Class Schedules

person sanding paint off car

HCC offers a variety of class times to fit your busy schedule. Different class options are available based on your graduation year. You can view available classes and then meet with your advisor to get registered.

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For more information contact:

Dylan McFalls
  • Dylan McFalls
  • Success Coach
Heather Patterson
  • Heather Patterson
  • Instructor - Automotive Systems Technology

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