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Do you love working on cars and wish you could find a career that fits your passion? Are you a hands-on kind of person who can’t resist making that paint job just a little bit better? Would you like to learn more about modifying and painting your dream car? Or would you like to develop a great hobby that can also save you money by doing the body work on your own vehicle?

There’s room for both the career auto body technician and the serious car enthusiast in our Auto Body Technology program! While program focus is primarily on teaching you how to repair, rebuild and refinish cars damaged in collisions, there’s also a wealth of skills available for hobbyists who want to do their own paint work and customization.

Get started now in Auto Body Technology at DCCCD!

Learn about:

  • Body shop tools, equipment and materials
  • Frame alignment
  • Body alignment
  • Glass replacement
  • Expert paint jobs  
  • Removing dents from fenders and body panels
  • Welding torn metal
  • Replacing badly damaged parts
  • Bookkeeping for an auto body shop
  • Estimating damages
  • Filling out and completing repair orders

Auto Body Technology Degree and Certificate Options

Eastfield College is the only college of DCCCD to offer the Auto Body Technology program, which includes a two-year associate degree and five certificate specialties:

  • The Auto Body Technology Associate in Applied Sciences Degree covers all facets of auto body repair and painting. This two-year degree includes technical aspects of metal behavior combined with correct repair and refinishing procedures.
  • The Auto Body Metal Technician Certificate is a one-year certificate that provides preparation for positions in the auto collision industry in the area of metal and structural repair. Courses include metal repair, frame repair and major panel replacement.
  • The Auto Body Painter Certificate can lead to positions in the auto collision industry in the area of paint refinishing. Courses in this one-year certificate program include surface preparation, overall refinishing, and paint mixing and tinting.
  • The Auto Body Shop Management Certificate provides preparation for positions in management of auto collision facilities, including shop supervisors and managers, insurance estimators, supply sales and factory products representatives. Classes in this one-year program are designed to provide a broad exposure to industry procedures and practices.
  • The Auto Body Technology Certificate is designed to cover all facets of auto body repair and painting. Emphasis in this two-year program is placed on hands-on skills needed to become a successful auto body repair technician.
  • The Auto Body Technology Custom Auto/Street Rod Fabrication Certificate was offered for the first time in Spring 2011 and covers basic techniques needed to design, modify and build street rods either for advanced work skills or personal enrichment. Courses in this one-year program include welding, refinishing, custom metal fabrication and chassis design and development.

Street Rod College

In the summer, Eastfield offers a dynamic package of noncredit courses for street rod enthusiasts in its Street Rod College. Contact Frank Millsap at 972-860-7397 for more information.