Auto Body (Automotive Collision & Repair)

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Program Overview

The Collision Repair program at Northwest Tech builds upon fundamentals learned early in your coursework to foster versatile, industry-ready skills by the time you graduate. We believe individuals grow through their own personal investigations; therefore our emphasis is on actual “hands-on” learning.

On our campus you will gain experience in major collision repair, color matching, wheel alignment, advanced welding and much more. But, best of all, your entire experience in our Collision Repair program is completed on the most modern equipment in the industry today.

Our curriculum is directly related to trade standards and employment opportunities. As repair methods change, our curriculum is continuously updated to provide you with instruction on the safe and proper use of the latest tools, equipment, products and procedures.

  • Demonstrate safety procedures involved in the collision repair industry.
  • Diagnose and make proper structural/nonstructural repairs.
  • Replace and make adjustments of stationary and moveable glass.
  • Refinish auto to OEM standards.
  • Analyze mechanical, electrical and electronic components.
  • Identify & solve problems, applying knowledge in a critical, creative and ethical manner.
  • Perform basic welding skills.
  • Perform safe disarming, handling and instillation of airbags.
  • Track material cost and provide accurate estimates.
  • Evaluate and use information technology effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills.
  • Operate basic computer program.
  • Construct a resume.

Randy Selbe
Collision Repair Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1591

Billy Morris
Collision Repair Instructor
Phone: (785) 890-1592

Listed cost information includes tuition, additional fees, books, supplies, iPads, clothing  and tools if necessary. For a comprehensive breakdown of each program’s cost information download Northwest Tech’s Estimated Program Costs worksheet.

Download a copy of the Collision Repair Tool List.

* Tools required within the first 10 days

In 2010, Northwest Tech’s Collision Repair program had 100% placement rate; meaning every graduate was employed once they graduated.

Program Length

Two Years

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

Projected Salary

$31,000 per year

Course Outline and Tool List

Download a PDF version of the course outline and the tool list here.

  • Skeeter’s Body Shop—Larry (Skeeter) Smith
  • New Look Inc. —Brad Harding
  • Steve’s Body Shop—John Kuhlman
  • Dinkel Collision Repair—Tim Dinkel
  • KB Body and Paint—Kevin Bauman
  • C&C Autobody—Chris Castillo
  • Murray’s Custom Body and Paint—Matt Murray
  • S&M—Harley Griffin

Admissions Checklist

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Collision Repair program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • $25 Application Fee Paid

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with