Auto Body

2 Auto Body students with car

Overall employment of automotive body and glass repairers is projected to grow 6 percent over the next 10 years, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job opportunities should be best for jobseekers with industry certification and training in automotive body and glass repair.   The median pay for automotive body and glass repairers in 2020 was $44,190 per year or $21.24 per hour.

Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics  

Students in the Auto Body Technology Program learn the fundamentals of damage repair, metal straightening, panel replacement and preparation for painting and refinishing. Students gain experience through demonstration, theory and hands-on shop projects, while working in a state-of-the-art facility.

Students who graduate from the Auto Body Technology Program can pursue a career as an Auto Body Technician as well as related careers. Graduates may also elect to further their education by attending college or a post-secondary technical institution. Some fourth year students may have the opportunity to earn credits for real world employment.


Auto Body studentYear 1
Shop Safety,
Appropriate Use of Hand & Power Tools,
Auto Body Career Opportunities

Year 2
Basic Welding, Basic Metal Working,
Basic Collision Repair Techniques,
Painting, Fillers

Year 3
Advanced Abrasives & Plastic Repair,
Advanced Painting,
Bolt on Panel Replacements,
Working with Glass

Year 4
Identifying Vehicle Damage,
Damage and Repair Estimates,
Welded & Bonded Panels,
Shop Management, Customer Relations,
Advanced and Independent Study


Auto body  student buffing out a fender in order to paint

Classes meet for 2 periods/2 hours per day, 5 days a week

Average number of new students accepted per year: 14

Opportunity for professional certifications: YES

Opportunity to earn college credits: NO

Auto Body instructor gives instruction to several students while wearing state of the art body and head gear

Plans at GraduationFuture Careers

Auto Body Technician
Auto Body Shop Manager
Auto Body Business Owner
Collision Repair Estimator
Insurance Adjustor
Parts Assembler
Refinishing Technician

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Somerset County Vocational & Technical Schools                908-526-8900                          2021-22