Basic Collision Repair Painting and Refinishing

Basic Collision Repair Painting and Refinishing

Potential earnings range:
Per year after graduation

Do you enjoy working with your hands and fixing things? Have an interest in cars? 

Then you may be a good fit for Job Corps’ Basic Collision Repair – Painting and Refinishing training program.

On the job, you will ...

  • Prepare vehicle surfaces by stripping paint, removing trim, mixing and applying primer, etc.
  • Mix, match and apply paint to vehicles
  • Identify common paint defects in vehicles
  • Apply final details to vehicles and clean interior, exteriors, glass and body openings

Some of the career options you will have ...

Most Basic Collision Job Corps graduates go to work for body shops, including independently owned body shops and those found in car dealerships. 

This is the second level of basic training offered in the Auto Collision series. Upon completing their basic training, students should also consider pursuing Advanced Collision Repair – Damage Analysis and Estimating, Advanced Automobile Service Technology, and other Advanced Training programs at Job Corps as part of their career pathway. 

The credentials you will earn ...

In the Basic Collision Repair – Painting and Refinishing program, you can earn industry-recognized credentials from such organizations as:

  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)

  • National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 

Students should also earn a state-issued learner’s permit and driver’s license upon completion of the program.

What you’ll need to start training ... 

  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent (can be earned at all Job Corps centers) 
  • Completion of all introductory and career preparation courses 
  • Passing scores on all written and performance tests 
  • Meet academic (math and reading) requirements 
* Salary information comes from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics Program and is provided for planning purposes only. Actual salary will depend on student skill level, credentials earned, experience level and location.