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.
Students who successfully complete this course may receive articulated college credit to the following schools: Baker College, Davenport University, Grand Rapids Community College, and Universal Technical Institute. 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 flier 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: 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.
Paraprofessional: Mike Kuharevicz
Bio: Mr. K (as students call him) graduated from Mona Shores High School. He has continued his education with online classes through Western Michigan University. Before becoming the parapro for the Auto Collision/Refinishing class, he worked as a painter at several local dealerships. In his free time he enjoys building and driving his hot rod cars, trucks, and motorcycle. He's also a fan of camping, mountain biking, and being outdoors.
State of Michigan Curriculum Segments
- Collision Orientation
- Career and Employability Skills
- Substrate Identification and Preparation
- Refinishing Equipment
- Undercoats and Corrosion Protection
- Mixing and Applying Topcoat
- Final Detailing
- Advance Color Mixing/Refinishing
- Paint Problems/Defects
- Damage Analysis/Estimating
- Refinishing Certifications