Automotive Body Repair

Automotive Body Repair (ABR) is a 60 semester hour program combining classroom theory with hands-on practice in the laboratory.  Requirements for the certificate of completion include four academic courses totaling 12 semester hours and all required career technical courses.  Students can also earn stackable short term certificates and industry certifications. This program is designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to prepare for successful entry-level employment in the field of automotive body repair.


  • Certificate
    • Automotive Body Repair

  • Short Term Certificate
    • Components of Auto Body
    • Non-Structural Repair
    • Structural Repair
    • Surface Preparation & Refinishing

Industry Certification
National Career Readiness Credential

Estimated Program Length

Award Length Credit Hours
Short Term Certificate 1 semester 12
Certificate of Completion 4 semesters 60

Required Program Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ABR111 Non-Structural Repair 3
ABR114 Non-Structural Panel Replacement 3
ABR122 Surface Preparation 3
ABR123 Paint Application & Equipment 3
ABR151 Safety and Environmental Practices 3
ABR154 Automotive Glass and Trim 3
ABR156 Automotive Cutting and Welding 3
ABR213 Automotive Structural Analysis 3
ABR214 Automotive Structural Repair 3
ABR223 Automotive Mechanical Components 3
ABR224 Automotive Electrical Components 3
ABR255 Steering and Suspension 3
ABR258 Heating and AC in Collision Repair 3
ABR261 Restraint Systems 3
ABR265 Paint Defects and Final Repair 3
ABR269 Estimating and Damage Analysis 3

Required Academic Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
DPT100 Introductory Computer Skills I 3
ENG100 Vocational Technical English 3
MAH101 Introductory Mathematics I 3
SPC103 Oral Communication Skills 3

Elective Courses

Course Title Credit Hours
ABR157 Automotive Plastic Repair 3
ABR181 Special Topics in Auto Body 3
ABR182 Special Topics in Auto Body 3
ABR266 Alum. Welding in Collision Repair 3
ABR281 Special Topics in Auto Body 3

Electives may be offered to meet a student’s personal educational goals or for instructional purposes.


Program Contact

Mr. Woody Chisum, Instructor
Draper Instructional Service Center


This is a “Live Work” program.


Occupational Data*

Automotive body repairers restore and refinish vehicle bodies and frames. They repair damage caused by collisions and make vehicles look and drive like new. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of automotive body repairers is projected to grow eight percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The best opportunities in automotive body repair field will be available to those with industry certification and training in automotive body repair and refinishing, and in collision repair.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook