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Auto Body Collision Technology

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Priming the repair area before the color and final clear coat
Students Painted this car from the front doors back, and now some finishing touches like replacing the bumper

South Seattle College NATEF/ASE Certified Automotive Collision program offers state-of-the-art equipment and laboratories in which the students learn the modern principles of unibody design and automotive refinishing.

For those of you with DSL, cable modems or other broadband Internet connections, using Windows Media Player V 7.1 and up, you can view this 9 minute streaming video of students and instructors in action. (Users with dial up modems may have low quality video or have extreme wait times.)


Auto Body Collision technicians go to work for collision repair shops, insurance companies, automotive dealerships, refinish supply companies, collision equipment companies, rental fleet companies, automotive detail shops, truck collision repair shops and into business for themselves.

Employment opportunities for this field are promising, since the need for well-trained automotive collision technicians increases as new auto designs have body parts made of steel alloys, aluminum and plastics. These materials are more difficult to work with and re-construct than traditional auto body parts.

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Program Information

Courses are organized in sections so that those who wish to study in one particular area may do so. Classes are taken by students seeking certification and also by those who are already employed in the field and want to upgrade their skills. The program's advisory committee is comprised of industry professionals who respond to current industry trends by updating the competency-based curriculum.

Students develop skills in unibody collision repair, high technology finishes, touch up and detailing through classroom discussions and applied lab and shop practices. The program focuses on modern technologies such as unibody structural repair as well as multi-stage finish repair.

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Program Outcomes and Student Learning Outcomes (PDF)

Gainful Employment

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Gifts of Automobiles and Auto Repair Equipment

For information on how your contribution of a recent model car or up-to-date automotive repair and testing technology could help students learn at South Seattle College, please see our Foundation web pages.

Contact Information:

Dean: Duncan Burgess
South Seattle College
6000 16th Avenue S.W.
Seattle, WA 98106-1499
(206) 934-6882

Transportation Sr. Secretary: Suzanne Sittner 
(206) 934-6746

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