Collision Auto Repair

Collision Auto Repair

There it is—the hot rod you helped restore, rolling down Woodward. The crowd sees the flash of the indigo pearl paint. You see the hours spent in the booth and week after week in the shop. Every minute, every drop of sweat: worth it. 

Repair & Restore Cars 

Auto body work is rewarding and in demand because a car is more than an engine. It is a vehicle that carries us in safety and style through a world of bumps, jolts, and storms. It is the windshield, headlamps, grills, trim, and metallic shield. 

Gain the skills to step in when that auto body has been damaged in a crash or by the weight of time.  

You measure and estimate. You plan. You talk it through. And then you go to work on what is broken. Unbend the fenders. Replace and reconnect the backup camera. Troubleshoot. 

Make it new—again. Explore local jobs.

Job Market Outlook

Bumper to Bumper Program 

  • Largest, most comprehensive auto body program in the area 
  • I-CAR certifications earned during class 
  • I-CAR certification after completing Paint and Refinish or Nonstructural Repair certificates 
  • Either certificate (Paint and Refinish or Nonstructural Repair) prepares students for State of Michigan and ASE national certification 
  • Estimating and customer service courses 
  • Custom paint work 
  • Detailing & Vehicle delivery prep 
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Repair & Refinishing Specialties 

Choose the certificate that matches your goals and the work you want to do in the body shop. 


We offer two full certificates in Collision Repair. Options include: 

Paint and Refinish Technology 

Painting and perfecting your painting (29 credits): 

Collision Auto Repair-Paint and Refinish Technology

Nonstructural Repair Technology 

Metal and plastic repair and refinishing (29 credits): 

Collision Auto Repair-Non Structural Repair Technology

Certificates of Achievement 

Start your career with an entry-level certificate in either body repair or painting. Options include: 

Body Repair Technician Assistant 

Entry-level skills and the basics of part replacement (12 credits): 

Collision Auto Repair - Body Repair Technician Assistant

Detailer/Painter Assistant 

Entry-level skills and the fundamentals of finishes (12 credits): 

Collision Auto Repair - Detailer/Painter Assistant

Associate of Applied Science: Technological Sciences 

Learn more, apply more, and position yourself for more advancement down the line by earning your Technological Sciences AAS with a focus on collision auto repair. With careful planning, your AAS may also help you transfer to a four-year university. 

Advisory Committees

Advisory committees play an integral role in the occupational programs at OCC. As our connection to industry and other education partners, advisory committee members offer guidance on the program’s curriculum to ensure we are offering programming that aligns with industry needs. Advisory committee members also offer recommendations on equipment to purchase that ensures students are receiving training on equipment that mirrors what they will see in industry. The Collision Auto Repair program is appreciative of its partners.

Advisory Committee Members

Clarkston Auto Body
DHI Equipment
Fantasy Collision & Customs
FinishMaster Paint Supply
Mike Dorian Ford
MillerWoods LLC
Oakland Schools OSTC-NE
Oakland Schools OSTC-NW
Oakland Schools OSTC-SE
Oakland Schools OSTC-SW
RPM Speed Works
Suburban Imports of Troy
Templeton Refinishing

Enroll Now 

Begin your studies with these steps: 

  • Apply to OCC. If you’re not already an OCC student, create a profile and complete our online application. 
  • On the application, select your desired 'Collision Auto Repair' option. 
  • Existing OCC students can update their academic program using the Student Update Information Request form