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In the Auto Body Collision Technology program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona, our students learn all aspects of working with damaged cars and trucks. The 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree gives you 4 full semesters (52 credits) of in-depth, hands-on training experience in auto body collision repair. You will also take 15 credits of college-level general education requirements and electives. Count on career opportunities in several different specialties when you graduate – our placement rate is 100%!

Auto body collision technology is both a skill set and an art. Restoring vehicles to their pre-accident condition involves:

  • Refinishing, repair, replacement, and adjustment of body panels
  • Structural, mechanical, and electrical repair
  • New technologies such as working with aluminum and carbon fiber

Our students develop strong problem-solving skills through hands-on learning and classroom instruction. You will learn how to access and interpret product data sheets, service information, and estimating guides. Students have the opportunity to take the coursework to earn I-CAR industry accreditation. Most importantly, you'll work on real vehicles in our state-of-the art facility.

Auto Body Collision Technology is certified by the ASE Education Foundation (formerly NATEF), making the program at Minnesota State College Southeast one of only a handful of schools in the United States certified in the four major areas of Auto Body: Refinishing, structural, non-structural, and mechanical/electrical.

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