Autobody Repair & Refinishing

This program prepares students for a career in automotive collision repair. Students will learn and practice skills in a state-of-the-art facility. The training covers areas such as structural analysis and damage repair, plastics and adhesives, and refinishing.

Enrollment Point: The program is in the process of implementing changes, and the fall 2017 start has been delayed. The next entry point is expected to be fall 2018, but is subject to changes. To be notified of any changes, contact an adviser.

Certificate of Completion: 
7 Quarters
136 Credits
Associate of Applied Science: 
7 quarters
156 credits
AAS - Transfer: 
Bachelor of Applied Science: 

All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Median Salary: 
Projected Growth: 
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At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

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The RTC Foundation offers scholarships to help pay the costs of attending school.

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Monday - Friday

8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling (425) 235-5840.

Shawn Ervin

Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Must take the Accuplacer test before entering the program or being placed on the pre-registration list.

Admission Recommendations

  • High school diploma or GED.
  • Mechanical aptitude and good eye-to-hand coordination.
  • Good physical health.
  • Counselor and instructor interview.
  • High school level classes in power mechanics or auto mechanics.
  • Valid Washington driver's license.

Course Information

Course # Course Title Crs
COL 101 College Success 2
INDS 101 First Aid/CPR and AED 2
AMATH 160J Math for Autobody Repair 3
ABDY 100 Intro to Collision Repair 2
ABDY 101 Estimating I 6
ABDY 102 Surface Preparation and Masking 5
ABDY 105 Paint Application I 6
ABDY 106 Color Theory, Application, Tinting and Blending 2
ABDY 111 HAZMAT, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety 2
ABDY 112 Welding for Auto body Repair 7
ABDY 113 Auto Body Repair Industry Careers 1
ABDY 114 Auto Body Construction I 5
ABDY 116 Auto Body Plastics Repair and Refinishing 3
ABDY 123 Straightening Metal 14
ABDY 128 Auto Body Structure and Mechanics 3
ABDY 129 Shop Management 2
ABDY 159 Live Auto Body Repair and Refinishing 9
ABDY 171 Communications for Autobody Repair 3
ABDY 231 Estimating II 6
ABDY 232 Impact Analysis and Repair 3
ABDY 234 Auto Body Construction II 4
ABDY 235 Door and Quarter Panel Replacement 5
ABDY 240 Advanced Auto Body Repair 6
ABDY 241 Advanced Surface Preparation and Masking 4
ABDY 242 Paint Application II 5
ABDY 243 Auto Detail 2
ABDY 250 Collision Related Mechanical Repair 10
ABDY 259 Advanced Live Auto Body Repair and Refinishing 9
ABDY 280 Shop Safety and Human Relations 2
ABDY 291 Job Search Skills 3
ABDY 295 Co-op I (optional) (5)
ABDY 296 Co-op II (optional) (10)
  Total 136


General Education Course Requirements for AAS Degree

Course # Course Title Crs
AMATH 175 Applied Mathematics for Business and Industry 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition 5
  Total 20

Program Outcomes

Learning Outcomes for Autobody Repair and Refinishing Program

  • Use safe practices in context of a body repair facility
  • Perform structural straightening, panel  repairs, and sheet metal welding  as per OEM  specifications
  • Perform painting and refinishing processes that meet OEM  specifications
  • Research and gather information necessary to perform body and paint repairs in a variety of vehicles
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior within a commercial body shop environment
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form within a diverse team in a commercial body shop


External accreditation is not applicable to this program.


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