Auto Collision/Refinishing

Auto Collision/Refinishing students working in lab.Auto Collision/Refinishing student working in paint booth.

Course Overview

Students repair damaged vehicles by learning dent repair, welding techniques, panel replacement, surface preparation, estimating and painting. Automobile Service Excellence (ASE), I-CAR, and OSHA Safety certifications in addition to  fourth-year math and college credit are available. Related careers include, but are not limited to, automotive painter, detailer, estimator, and management.

Download the Auto Collision/Refinishing brochure.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete this course may receive articulated college credit to the following schools: Davenport University, Universal Technical Institute, and Washtenaw Community College. For information on how to earn articulated credit contact Lindsay Pulsipher at the CTC.

Students who successfully complete select CTC courses may receive direct college credit to specific colleges and universities. Direct credit is currently unavailable for this program. Our direct credit webpage has a list of all participating classes.

Tour the lab

Enjoy this tour of our Auto Collision/Refinishing lab featuring two industrial paint booths, welding stations, and high-quality Snap-On Tools,


Instructor Bios

Instructor: William Stone
Bio: Mr. Stone is a graduate of Fruitport High School with 30+ years of experience in automotive collision and repair. He also has his teaching degree from Grand Valley State University as well as his masters degree. In his free time he collects old books, and enjoys hunting, fishing, cooking, and of course restoring cars! His current project is a 1965 Chevy Truck.

Parapro: Cole Peters
Bio: Mr. Peters is a 2022 graduate of Montague High School. His junior and senior year he attended the CTC's Auto Collision/Refinishing program. In 2023, he earned a degree in Auto Collision from Lincoln Technical College. In his free time there's nothing he enjoys more than working on cars. He's also a big fan of Star Wars and German cars.

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State of Michigan Curriculum Segments

  1. Collision Orientation
  2. Career and Employability Skills
  3. Safety
  4. Substrate Identification and Preparation
  5. Refinishing Equipment
  6. Undercoats and Corrosion Protection
  7. Mixing and Applying Topcoat
  8. Final Detailing
  9. Advance Color Mixing/Refinishing
  10. Paint Problems/Defects
  11. Damage Analysis/Estimating
  12. Refinishing Certifications
15 School Districts
16 Program Areas
19 Years in Operation
32 Educators
844 Students