The Automotive Collision Repair Program prepares students with the technical and interpersonal skills required for entry-level employment in the automotive collision repair field. The Kansas Automotive Collision Core Curriculum that is based on the four NATEF core areas of certification will be delivered using the I-CAR Curriculum, the industry standard. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to apply for up to 10 I-CAR points, a standard that is recognized by automotive collision repair shops in the region.
This program aligns with the Kansas Board of Regents curriculum.
- Demonstrate the ability to implement safety procedures relating to tools and equipment used in the auto collision repair field.
- Possess the knowledge and entry-level skills necessary to estimate the cost of repairs as well as repair or replace structural and non-structural parts.
- Perform the entry-level skills required in automotive collision refinishing.
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills, teamwork concepts, and trouble-shooting abilities used in the automotive collision industry.
Campus visits are available by appointment at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Please call (785) 587-2800 to schedule your visit.
Submit an application
The earlier the better! Enrollment is limited, and applicants are admitted on a first-applied, first accepted basis.
Once you are accepted, MATC will contact you to attend a new student orientation 2-3 months before classes begin.
- MATC Merit Scholarship
- Vocational Educational Scholarship Program
- I-CAR Platinum Individual Certification
- Steel MIG Welding Qualification (good for 5 years)
- 3M Paint Mask Fit Tested (Good for 1 year)
- SP/2 Safety Certification (Good for 1 year)
- Auto Body Repairers
- Auto Glass Installers
- Painting and Coating Machine Operators
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Vehicle Painters
- Welders and Solderers
The salary range for the Automotive Collision Repair graduates was $8.00-$24.00 per hour. Wages and benefits vary depending on location of employment. The Automotive Collision Repair program had a 87% placement rate for the 2009-2010 graduates.
Outlook for employment in field in Kansas
Services provide the largest proportion of employment in the non-goods producing group. The Automotive Body and Related Repairers occupations had an average annual employment of 1,629 in 2006 and a projection of 1701 in 2016. That represents an increase of 72 (4.4%) jobs. In addition, there will be an additional 386 employees needed to serve as replacements for those who leave the field.
Outlook for employment in field nationwide
Although few jobs are expected to arise due to growth, the need to replace experienced repairers who transfer to other occupations or who retire or stop working for other reasons will provide many job openings over the next 10 years. Opportunities will be excellent for people with formal training in automotive body repair and refinishing. Those without any training or experience in automotive body refinishing or collision repair will face competition for these jobs.