Automotive Collision Repair


Teachers: Mr. Cipriani, Mr. Pires


The Automotive Collision Repair courses is a four year, 80-credit, standard course which provides students with basic instruction in the concepts of estimating and repairing body damage. Students learn techniques and procedures for welding and using hand and air tools. Surface preparation, frame straightening, glass installation, finishing and painting, and auto trim are covered. Click here to watch a video about a Holyoke Police cruiser that was recently refurbished by the students of Auto Collision.


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 Student(s) (left to right): Anthony King


Competencies Students Obtain

Within this technical career path, students are able to leave high school with knowledge and specific expectations of their future. The field is predicted to have average job growth over the next decade. Job opportunities for qualified auto body collision repair technicians are good and will come often. Going into the working field after high school, students obtain the knowledge of:

  • Frame Inspection and Repair
  • Metal Welding and Cutting
  • Body Preparation
  • Metal Finishing and Body Painting
  • Alignment and Repair
  • Repairing Components
  • Spray Painting Detailing

Career Outlook and Opportunities

The Automotive Collision Repair outlook  expects students to earn at least $18 an hour or $38,000 a year as an auto body collision repair technician. Certifications are earned by the end of the required courses and years. College continues the workings of the students so that they may further build on their path. Also, technical opportunities are available to Dean's graduates such as:

  • ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) Certification
  •  NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation)
  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Painting and Refinishing
  • Service Writer
  • Shop Foreman
  • Body Shop Manager
  • Owner-Operator of Body Shop



William J. Dean Technical High School
1045 Main Street
Holyoke, MA 01040