Collision Repair and Refinishing

ATM_CollisionProgram Overview

Los Angeles is a leading collision capital center in the automotive design world. Insurance companies are increasingly demanding Auto Collision Technicians trained in damage cost estimations. The demand for fully trained Automotive Repair Technicians is very high where skilled technicians are readily employable and command excellent incomes. These technicians use highly sophisticated devices, such as laser for straightening frames, computer for mixing paint, and dust control contamination vacuum tools for smoothing paint.

The LATTC Automotive Collision Repair program is designed for students who want to enter this growing field. Classes are a combination of classroom instruction coupled with hands-on training. Students learn welding procedures, diagnostic and  repair procedures, body  part  alignment processes, metal finishing/shrinking/filling techniques, auto  body  electrical  wiring  systems, body section replacement and structural sectioning practices, body damage estimating techniques, auto body construction methods, paint color application skills, and body shop practices.

By fulfilling the program requirements, students are proficient in a variety of automotive collision techniques and will have the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain, repair, and diagnose body and fender repairs. They will be proficient at all aspects of preparation and painting, including computerized mixing and matching, damage estimation, creating computerized reports and digital imaging. Students who complete this degree will be able to perform jobs as estimators, service managers equipped to repair problems occurring in automotive collision systems.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Upon completion of the Degree/Certificate program, students are able to:

  • Identify different types of vehicle frame types, components, and structure chemistries and outline the procedures of repair on the various materials.
  • Demonstrate efficiency in the use of various paints, primers, sealers and the tools required to complete collision repairs on a vehicle using the latest trade proficiencies
  • Use the various computer software available to create collision repair estimates in accordance to the latest industry standards, including ASE and I-CAR training.

Degree and Certificates

Award Title



Grad. Plan

Required Course Units

Major Elective Units

Total Major Units Gainful Employment
Automotive Collision Repair A.S. Plan B





Automotive Collision Repair





Career Opportunities

Visit to

  • Research employment prospects
  • View up-to-date local employment statistics, job postings and wage estimates
  • Build and update your résumé to highlight your key skills and job experience

Wage/Salary Information

Go to and search by job title and zip code for current wage information.