Automotive

Collision Repair

Transportation & Logistics

Are you artistic and love cars?

Check out a career in AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION REPAIR.

What is it?

Automotive collision repair is the process of fixing damaged bodies and body parts of cars and trucks, including both the repair of broken auto parts, repairing or reconstructing and painting the outside of a vehicle.  Auto body technicians typically work in auto body shops or automotive dealerships, usually indoors in climate controlled facilities.


What will I do?

  • An auto body technician works on cars that typically have been involved in an accident

  • They will use a variety of tools to remove broken auto body or mechanical parts, weld auto parts back together, fix dents and scratches, and paint and finish cars to make them look as good as new

  • Auto body technicians will realign car frames so that the vehicle will run straight and smooth again, as well as repair or replace broken windows and windshields.

Leads to these jobs:

  • Auto Body Technician

  • Services Coordinator

  • Detailer

  • Insurance Adjuster or Estimator

  • Painter and Painter’s Apprentice

  • Paint Technician

  • Sander and Masker

Is this for me?

  • You should have a love of cars to work in the automotive collision repair industry

  • Customer service skills are critical, as you will be interacting with a lot of people

  • Good math skills, attention to detail, dexterity, and good eye-hand coordination are all important

Auto Body Techs
and Custom Detailer

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Hourly Earnings

  • Entry Level – $11.48
  • Average – $20.57
  • Experienced – $33.21

Source – Emsi, 2018

Interested in pursuing a career in Automotive Collision Repair?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Automotive Collision Repair program. You can also register for the Automotive Collision Repair programs offered by the Tech Campus.

Learn more at: www.techcampus.org/auto_collision

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Lake County Workforce Development has programs that may assist you with tuition or financial assistance.

Learn more here.

Or visit the
Job Center of Lake County’s website.

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Automotive Collision Repair and other information technology programs offered by the College of Lake County.

Learn more at: www.clcillinois.edu

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