• Class Time: Day
  • Semester: Fall Semester
  • Campus: Brooklyn Park and Eden Prairie Campus
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Auto body repair and refinishing technicians are skilled professionals who diagnose and repair vehicles damaged as a result of collisions, corrosion, and wear. At HTC, you’ll learn about Auto Body Collision Technology from instructors who have real-world experience meeting industry standards.  With a combination of classroom education and hands-on training repairing cars, you’ll be prepared to work in auto body repair shops and dealerships. You’ll know how to estimate auto repair work on damaged vehicles. You’ll learn to use power and hand tools to repair or replace body parts, and you’ll complete painting work using cutting edge technology. For skills and confidence as an auto body technician, count on HTC training.

Labs and Classrooms

The lab has 16,000 square feet of space and state-of-the-art equipment currently used in most modern auto body shops.

Supplies / Tools

Students receive a list of required tools to purchase. HTC hosts a Tool Day in mid-August, with many vendors offering substantial discounts for students.  All students will be notified when the Tool Day schedule is set.

Entry Requirements

If you’re ready to Get Started, you can begin the admissions process now. If you have questions, contact Enrollment Services for helpful information.

Work Environment

Graduates find work in franchised and independent auto body shops, dealerships and as estimators and adjusters for insurance companies.

Job Outlook / Gainful Employment

Today, over 50 percent of auto body technicians are over 50 years of age.  As they prepare to retire, technicians are needed on an ongoing basis.

Possible job titles include: Auto Body Repair Technician, Auto Body Refinish Technician, Detailer, Collision Repair Technician, Estimator and Paint Technician.

Gainful Employment Disclosure:


Average wages: $21.71 per hour ( Salary and advancement potential are based on knowledge and skill set.

Potential Job Titles

Auto Body Repair Technician, Auto Body Refinish Technician, Detailer, Collision Repair Technician, Estimator, Paint Technician.


Hennepin Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2003, HTC became a member of the HLC Academic Quality Improvement Program.

  • I-CAR
  • AASP
  • Sherwin Williams


An articulation agreement between HTC and Minnesota State University Moorhead will facilitate credit transfer of HTC’s Auto Body Technician A.A.S. degree or diploma toward an Operations Management B.S. degree at Moorhead.


HTC has a respected advisory committee comprised of individuals involved with and working in the collision repair industry. Their input keeps the program up-to-date on the latest trends and technology so HTC graduates have the skills employers require.

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