Our Auto Body Technology program has something for both the career auto body technician and the serious car enthusiast. While the program focuses primarily on teaching you how to repair, rebuild and refinish cars damaged in collisions, there’s a wealth of skills available for hobbyists who want to do their own paint work and customization.
Eastfield College is the only DCCCD college to offer the Auto Body Technology program, which includes a two-year associate degree and four one-year certificate specialties:
In our program, you’ll learn about:
- Body shop tools, equipment and materials
- Body alignment
- Glass replacement
- Expert paint jobs
- Removing dents from fenders and body panels
- Welding torn metal
- Bookkeeping for an auto body shop
- Estimating damages
- Filling out and completing repair orders
As new techniques come into use, businesses will need highly skilled technicians to do collision repair and refinishing. Such skilled technicians are employed in automobile repair shops, by trucking companies and bus lines, and by federal, state and local governments. For hobbyists, knowing the techniques of auto body repair can save you lots of money and make fixing up cars even more fun.
According to America’s Career Infonet, automotive body repairers average $16.92 per hour and glaziers (glass repairers) average $16.64 an hour. Insurance adjusters and examiners can make an average of $24.36 per hour.
Our Auto Body Technology instructors have the education and real-world experience to teach the skills you need on the job and in your garage. Our faculty members work with you one-on-one, encouraging you and helping you to succeed. See profiles of our Auto Body Technology faculty.
A related program, Automotive Technology, is offered at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley and Eastfield colleges. Visit the Automotive Technology Web page, http://www.dcccd.edu/autotech, for more information.
To get started in the Auto Body Technology program, complete the admissions process at Eastfield College.
When you meet with an academic advisor, mention your interest in the Auto Body Technology program so he or she can help you determine which courses you should take. Contact an Auto Body program advisor for more information.
So whether you love working on cars and wish you could find a career that fits your passion or you like fixing up cars as a hobby, Auto Body Technology can give you the knowledge you need to succeed.