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Atlantic Technical College
Automotive Collision Technology Technician

Get Started on your Career Plan Today!

Step 1 Attend a Program Orientation

Step 2  Take the Tests of Adult Basic Education or meet exemption criteria

  • See your counselor/advisor for details on test exemption criteria.
  • Accommodations for testing are available to qualified individuals.
  • Visit the Office of Disability Services for details before testing.

Step 3  Meet with your counselor/advisor

  • Receive test results
  • Discuss technical or academic program placement
  • Special needs
  • Financial aid
  • Registration procedures

Step 4  Registration and Enrollment

Automotive Collision Technology Technician

The Atlantic Technical College Auto Collision Technology Technician Program is the only program in South Florida authorized by BASF to teach the Onyx HD waterborne paint system, reducing base-coat solvent emissions by 90 percent!

This program is certified as a Master Training and Refinishing Program by the ASE Education Foundation.

Program Length:
     1400 hours (approximately 14 months – full time)

Delivery Method:
     Traditional – 100% classroom based

Days & Times:
     Monday – Friday     7:05 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

Course Content:
This is the only program in South Florida authorized by BASF to teach the Onyx HD waterborne paint system. This system is eco-friendly and reduces base-coat solvent emissions by 90%.  Instruction and training includes uses of parts and repair manuals, price lists, flat-rate manuals, computerized systems for estimating and pricing to customers; record-keeping; shop safety, and housekeeping.

Throughout the course of the program, students will receive comprehensive instruction in the five (5) areas of specialization recognized by the ASE Education Foundation, for professional technician certification. Students are encouraged to participate in the ASE Certification testing program during their training.

Additional Skills Covered:

  • Employability Skills
  • Inspect, Measure, & Repair Unibody Vehicles
  • Maintain & Operate Spray Equipment
  • Perform Welding Operations
  • Prepare & Apply Body Fillers
  • Prepare Parts & Panels for Metal Finishing
  • Prepare Surfaces for Refinishing
  • Prepare Vehicles for Repair and Refinishing
  • Repair Fiberglass/Plastic Components
  • Repair, Replace, & Adjust Outer Body Panels
  • Select & Apply Appropriate Paints & Finishes
  • Set Up Vehicle for Pulling & Measuring
  • Shop & Occupational Safety Skills
  • Waterborne Painting Technology

Industry Certification & State Credential Exams:
Students will be prepared to take an approved state and/or nationally recognized industry certification or licensure exam in their field of study.

College Credit Transfer Opportunity and/or Advanced Standing:
Upon completion of the program and meeting eligibility requirements, including the attainment of an aligned industry credential, students may be awarded credits toward an AS/AAS Degree by Broward College.  Students must enroll in Broward College within 2 years of completing the program at Atlantic Technical College. Additional college credit may be awarded with the attainment of additional industry credentials.

To get started in the Automotive Collision Technology Technician program, Sign Up today for a program orientation or contact the counselor at Brooke.Lehmejian@browardschools.com today!

Job Outlook in the Ft. Lauderdale area:

  • Demand for Automotive Body Technicians is expected to grow 9%* between 2014 and 2024.
  • Entry level wages are about $12.00/hour**. Actual wages vary according to education, experience and certifications.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics
**The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity