Collision repair

Collision Repair Technology

Welcome to the web pages for Collision Repair Technology.  If you require additional information please contact the program coordinator.


Mr James Tibbatts, (859) 246 6776 or

Program Description

The collision repair industry offers variety and challenges. 

Each damaged vehicle presents a unique set of problems to overcome in restoring it back to its original appearance and structural integrity.   Utilizing their extensive knowledge of modern automotive construction and repair techniques, Collision Repair Technicians develop a repair plan and apply the appropriate repair procedures for each job.

What’s on offer

The BCTC Collision Repair Technology program offers students the opportunity to master the entry-level skills required for this profession.  These skills are acquired through classroom presentations, demonstrations and hands-on experience.  The majority of this hands-on experience will be gained on late model collision repair and refinish live work. 

The Collision Repair Technology program covers instruction in areas such as:

  • Occupational Health and Safety and  handling hazardous materials,
  • Modern vehicle design and construction.
  • Basic repair estimating, customer relations. 
  • Damage analysis and repair. 
  • Students are also instructed in metal straightening; plastics repair; automotive welding technology; panel replacement and alignment; surface preparation; masking and paint application.  

During the course, students are expected to continually develop manipulative skills combined with a strong work ethic. The importance of personal safety, quality of workmanship, productivity, and teamwork is also emphasized.

Our credentials

The BCTC Collision Repair Technology program has been awarded ASE Master Certification, accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF).  It is also a Level One member of the ICAR Training Alliance and follows the ICAR Advanced Tech Curriculum Certification Program. 

Our collision repair facility has recently acquired most of the latest tools and equipment to ensure students graduate with the necessary skills to repair the vehicles of today, and more importantly, the vehicles of tomorrow.


 What does the future hold?  Demand for qualified collision repairers will increase as the number of motor vehicles in operation continues to grow.  Recently released figures indicate more technicians are retiring or leaving the industry than there are new technicians beginning their collision repair career.  

New automobile designs have body panels or components made of high strength, light-weight steel alloys. There is increased use of aluminum and plastics—materials that are more difficult to work with than are traditional steel body panels.  The introduction of advanced electronic systems and controls have opened a new opportunities for technicians with interests in these areas.