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Ever thought about becoming an auto body technician? The collision repair industry is full of exciting opportunities for those who have a passion for cars and enjoy hands-on work. Skilled technicians are in demand, and
now is a great time to start training for a career you love.
If you’re considering a career as an auto body technician, you’ve come to the right place. Here are answers to 5 commonly asked questions about collision repair:
Auto body technicians (also known as collision repair technicians) repair collision damaged vehicles utilizing proper repair procedures, parts and paint. Accidents happen on roadways every day, and trained technicians are needed to fix the damage. A collision
repair technician’s job is to repair these vehicles so they look and drive like new.
Every accident is different, which means the damage technicians come across always presents a new set of challenges. For this reason, it’s important for collision repair technicians to be trained and well-versed in different repair techniques required
to fix whatever jobs may come their way.
Certification is an important element in preparing for a career in collision repair. Receiving specialized education from a trade school like Universal Technical Institute (UTI) is often a requirement for becoming an auto body repair technician.1 Having certifications can prepare you to perform your job well, which can make you a candidate when applying for jobs.
Due to UTI’s relationship with I-CAR, the provider of collision repair training standards as defined by the industry, students can receive valuable certifications as they complete their training. Graduates earn
recognition of their high level of training as I-CAR ProLevel individuals and receive I-CAR certificates for:
Graduates who achieve the Axalta Cromax® Pro Certified Refinish certification receive Refinish Technician Level 3 status to become Platinum individuals. Additional industry certifications include:
In Universal Technical Institute’s Collision Repair & Refinish Technology (CRRT) program, you can prepare for a career as a collision repair technician in 51 to 54 weeks. A new session of
the CRRT program starts every 3 to 6 weeks, depending on the campus, giving you the opportunity to get going and prepare for your career. There’s no waiting until “next semester”!
UTI’s fast-paced, hands-on training will walk you through core concepts you need to know in order to succeed in the industry, including:
When it comes to where to learn auto body repair, it’s important to choose an accredited school that is well respected in the industry. Attending a school with a positive, long-standing reputation ensures you will gain the knowledge and skills the
industry says matters most.
UTI students train with the tools, equipment and technology used in collision repair centers across the country. From the tools used in the shop to the materials for refinishing, the CRRT program was created in conjunction with leading manufacturers so you can train on the brands used in the workforce, including 3M, Audatex, Axalta, Information Services Inc. and Chief Automotive Technologies. The CRRT program is available at two UTI campuses:
Salary is an important factor to consider when choosing a profession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the annual median wage for automotive body and related repairers
was $45,350 in May 2020.28 This means half of collision repair technicians earned more and half earned less. Keep in mind that salary depends on several factors, including experience, employer, demand and cost of living in the area.
When it comes to advancing in the field, many shops want to promote from within. Having additional skills and education can give you an advantage and open doors to exciting opportunities. As the complexity of vehicle design increases, so will the need
for technicians trained on the latest tools and technology. If you’re debating when you should start your training, there’s no better time than now!
Want to learn more about collision repair at UTI? Check out our Collision Repair & Refinish Technology (CRRT) program page and request more information today. Our team is here to help!
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the Collision Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary.
2) For program outcome information and other disclosures, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures.
28) Estimated annual median salary for Automotive Body and Related Repairers in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. UTI graduates’ achievements may vary. Individual circumstances and wages depend on personal credentials and economic factors. Work experience, industry certifications, the location of the employer and their compensation programs affect wages. Entry-level salaries may be lower. UTI programs prepare graduates for careers in industries using the provided training, primarily as collision repair technicians. Some UTI graduates get jobs within their field of study in positions other than as a 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 $30,765 to $34,075 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development, May 2019 data, viewed June 2, 2021, https://lmi.dua.eol.mass.gov/lmi/OccupationalEmploymentAndWageSpecificOccupations#). North Carolina salary information: The U.S. Department of Labor estimate of hourly earnings of the middle 50% for skilled collision technicians in North Carolina, published May 2021, is $23.40. 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 $17.94 and $13.99, respectively. (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020. Automotive Body and Related Repairers, viewed June 2, 2021.)
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