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Collision Repair Technology
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CWI Auto Body Technology
Program Exploration Event
Interested in a career in Collison Repair Technology? Join us on June 12, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the Nampa Campus Micron Education Center, in room 131 to:
- Learn more about this program, and meet the faculty.
- Meet industry leaders, and hear about career opportunities.
- Understand how education in this career field benefits you.
- Get tips on how to prepare for a successful start.
- Take a tour of the lab space and technology.
Pursuing a career in collision repair technology is a rewarding challenge that will present you with the opportunity to combine a variety of skills. Painting and restoration calls for a combination of art, science, and technique that requires an understanding of new products and technology to perform high-quality work. This program starts with the basics and quickly moves into total collision repair—from assessing damage to complete reconditioning. You will also learn state-of-the-art, custom-painting techniques and so much more.
Complete the following steps to get started in the Collision Repair Technology program:
- Apply to CWI selecting Collision Repair Technology as your planned major.
- Attend a Program Exploration event to learn about the program, register for classes, and prepare for success.
- Contact JohnD Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org for upcoming event dates and times.
Why This Program
The College of Western Idaho Collision Repair Technology program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the auto body repair industry. Students will work with the newest paints and equipment in an up-to-date, well-equipped facility and learn the skills and traits that local industry professionals have deemed necessary to be successful in the field of auto body repair and painting.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Assess vehicle repair costs
- Repair vehicle frames and bodies
- Painting and paint finishing, including graphics work
- Detailing work
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Collision Repair Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degree
Collision Repair Technology - Intermediate Technical Certificate
Collision Repair Technology - Basic Technical Certificate
Explore the resources below for information, dates, and deadlines related to admissions, financial aid, registration, and next steps.
|Dates & Deadlines for Credit Programs||Summer 2023||Fall 2023||Spring 2024|
|Priority Registration Begins 1||N/A||Apr 10||Nov 13 (2023)|
|Open Registration Begins||Feb 27||Apr 17||Nov 20 (2023)|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||May 13||Jul 29||Dec 16 (2023)|
|Admission Deadline 2||May 27||Aug 12||Jan 6|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Tuition and Fees Due||Jun 2||Aug 18||Jan 12|
|Classes Begin 3||Jun 5||Aug 21||Jan 16|
1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based on their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.
2 The Admission Deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines.
3 Classes in shorter sessions (including 4-, 5-, and 8-week sessions) may begin before or after this date. Please refer to the specific class session sections beneath the full Academic Calendar for more information.
Skills, Traits, and Prep Classes
- Mechanical aptitude
- Manual dexterity
- Solid math skills
- Good eyesight
- Awareness of potential health risks from dust and paint particles, especially for asthma and allergies
- Willingness to work in a dusty and potentially hazardous environment
- Ability to lift heavy objects
- Ability to evaluate and make decisions
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
Students must attend an orientation prior to starting the Collision Repair Technology program classes.
If you have questions about any of this information, please contact One Stop Student Services or your advisor.
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
- Shop Owner
- Shop Manager
- Production Manager
- Paint Shop Manager
- Parts Manager
- Service Manager
- Claims Manager
- Parts Orderer
- Parts Runner
- Insurance Estimator
- Claims Adjuster
- Body Technician
- Mid Technician
- Body Apprentice
- Paint Technician
- Paint Prepper
- Custom Painter
- Airbrush Artist
- Custom Metal Fabricator
- Detail Technician
- Hydro Technician
- Commercial Equipment Repair Technician
- Commercial Equipment Painter
- Commercial Equipment Prepper
- Paint Store Salesperson
- Paint Store Counter Salesperson
- Delivery Driver
In our highly mobile society, cars and trucks are a staple of life—and the more vehicles on the road, the more need for skilled auto body technicians. Auto body/collision repair technicians work in collision repair shops, automotive repair shops, insurance adjusting, custom hot rod/restorations, custom bike, detail, truck painting, and frame straightening shops, and even marine repair shops. Many choose to be self-employed and open their own businesses for auto body repair. The work is physical and demanding, but fulfilling. Auto body techs bring dramatic results to all types of damaged vehicles. This career offers opportunities for technical precision, mechanical skills, and creative style.
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