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With millions of cars on the road in California, accidents are inevitable. And when this happens, skilled collision repair technicians are needed to fix the damage. If you’re looking for an exciting career where you can work with your hands and restore all types of vehicles, this may be the perfect path for you. Universal Technical Institute’s campus in Long Beach can help prepare you for a career in collision repair in less than a year.7
The Collision Repair & Refinish Technology (CRRT) program at Universal Technical Institute is designed to get you career-ready in just 51 to 54 weeks.1 The program was developed in conjunction with I-CAR, the provider of collision repair training standards as defined by the industry.
The CRRT program includes courses that cover key topics in the collision repair industry. These include:
Hear from Pete Villalobos, Pacific Elite Collision Repair general manager, on why he looks to UTI when hiring technicians.
The Long Beach campus offers two variations of the Collision program: Collision Repair & Refinish Technology and Collision Repair & Refinish Technology + Estimating.
Graduates of either program receive diplomas. They also receive I-CAR certifications — which are highly valued by the industry — and they can go on to test for additional certifications if they choose.
The curriculum in the CRRT program was shaped by leading brands in the industry. This includes I-CAR and several others:
One of the great things about working in collision repair is that you’re not limited to just one path. Most of our grads start out working as entry-level technicians or in other entry-level roles. As with any industry, over time, you may be able to advance in your career with hard work. Here are some possible entry-level and advanced career paths in the industry:77
Read our career guide to learn more about these career paths and others.
*Not entry-level and is dependent on factors like experience, location, and employer compensation.
UTI Long Beach is conveniently located near several freeways, making it easy to navigate to and from the campus. It’s also within driving distance to exciting attractions like the Long Beach Motorsports Walk of Fame, Knott’s Berry Farm and, of course, the beach!
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7) Some programs may require longer than one year to complete.
10) Financial aid, scholarships and grants are available to those who qualify. Awards vary due to specific conditions, criteria and state.
28) UTI’s Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology (CRRT) Program prepares graduates for entry-level positions using the provided training, primarily as collision repair technicians. Estimated annual salary shown above is for Automotive Body and Related Repairers as published in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ May 2022 Occupational Employment and Wages. Entry-level salaries are lower for UTI graduates. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on economic factors, personal credentials, work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer, and their compensation programs. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a collision repair technician, such as appraiser, estimator and inspector. Salary information for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: The average annual entry-level salary range for persons employed as Automotive Body and Related Repairers (49-3021) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $30,400 to $34,240 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2020 data https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). Salary information for North Carolina: The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the hourly median wage for skilled collision repair technicians in North Carolina is $22.35 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, May 2022 Occupational Employment and Wages, Automotive Body and Related Repairers). The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data. However, the 25th and 10th percentile of hourly earnings in North Carolina are $18.80 and $14.95, respectively.
44) For Automotive Body and Related Repairers, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an annual average of 15,200 job openings between 2021 and 2031. Job openings include openings due to net employment changes and net replacements. See Table 1.10 Occupational separations and openings, projected 2021-31, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, viewed October 13, 2022. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
77) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI prepares graduates for entry-level careers using the provided training. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than those listed.
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