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.

Program Map: Guide to program costs, careers, and classes.

Enrollment Point: Fall, Spring (or with instructor permission)

Certificate of Completion
4 Quarters
72 Credits
Associate of Applied Science
5 quarters
92 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
Annual Job Openings

These amounts are based on median entry level wages, they are estimates and are not guarantees. For more information, visit


At Renton Technical College, tuition is affordable and competitive.

Financial Aid

Federal aid is available for most students to help pay for school. Fill out your FAFSA now to get started.


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.

Please see the online class schedule for day & time information.

Shawn Ervin

Entry Requirements

Admission Recommendations

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

Course Information

Requirements for Certificate:

Course # Course Title Credits
COL 101 College Success 2
ABDY 100 Introduction to Collision Repair 2
ABDY 101 Estimating I 1
ABDY 102 Surface Preparation and Masking 5
ABDY 105 Paint Application I 5
ABDY 111 HAZMAT, Personal Safety, and Refinish Safety 3
ABDY 112 Welding for Autobody Repair 6
ABDY 114 Autobody Construction I 9
ABDY 116 Autobody Plastics Repair and Refinishing 5
ABDY 123 Straightening Metal 5
ABDY 128 Autobody Structure and Mechanics 7
ABDY 129 Communication for Autobody Repair 1
ABDY 232 Impact Analysis and Repair 2
ABDY 234 Autobody Construction II 2
ABDY 235 Door and Quarter Panel Replacement 8
ABDY 243 Auto Detail 3
ABDY 250 Collision Related Mechanical Repair 3
ABDY 280 Human Relations and Shop Safety for Autobody Repair 1
AMATH 160J Math for Autobody Repair 1
INDS 101 First Aid/CPR & AED 1
  Total 72

Requirements for AAS Degree:

Course # Course Title Credits
  Certificate of Completion 72
AMATH 175 Financial Math or  
AMATH 190 Financial Algebra or  
MATH& 107 Math in Society or  
MATH& 146 Introduction to Statistics 5
CMST& 101 Introduction to Communication 5
COMP 100 Applied Composition or  
ENGL& 101 English Composition 5
PSYC& 100 General Psychology 5
  Total 92

Program Outcomes

  • 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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