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Auto Body (Automotive Collision & Repair)

The Collision Repair program at Northwest Tech builds upon fundamentals learned early in your coursework to foster versatile, industry-ready skills by the time you graduate. We believe individuals grow through their own personal investigations; therefore our emphasis is on actual “hands-on” learning.

On our campus you will gain experience in major collision repair, color matching, wheel alignment, advanced welding and much more. But, best of all, your entire experience in our Collision Repair program is completed on the most modern equipment in the industry today.

Our curriculum is directly related to trade standards and employment opportunities. As repair methods change, our curriculum is continuously updated to provide you with instruction on the safe and proper use of the latest tools, equipment, products and procedures.

Associate of Applied Science
(or Technical Certificate)

$25,000– $35,000 per year

Below is a list of items Northwest Tech’s Admissions Team will need prior to your acceptance into the Collision Repair program.

  • A Northwest Tech Application Completed and Submitted

  • High School or GED Transcript Submitted

  • (If Applicable) College Transcript Submitted

  • ACT or AccuPlacer Scores Submitted (AccuPlacer Testing can be scheduled on-site at the Northwest Tech campus)

Required items can be submitted in person at the Northwest Tech campus, via postal mail addressed to: Northwest Tech Admissions, 1209 Harrison, Goodland, KS, or through email communications with

In 2020, Northwest Tech’s Auto Body program had 100% placement rate; meaning every graduate was employed once they graduated.

Graduate Placement Report

  • Demonstrate safety procedures involved in the collision repair industry.
  • Diagnose and make proper structural/nonstructural repairs.
  • Replace and make adjustments of stationary and moveable glass.
  • Refinish auto to OEM standards.
  • Analyze mechanical, electrical and electronic components.
  • Identify & solve problems, applying knowledge in a critical, creative and ethical manner.
  • Perform basic welding skills.
  • Perform safe disarming, handling and instillation of airbags.
  • Track material cost and provide accurate estimates.
  • Evaluate and use information technology effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective reading, writing, speaking, listening and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate mathematical skills.
  • Operate basic computer program.
  • Construct a resume.
  • Larry (Skeeter) Smith
  • Brad Harding
  • John Kuhlman
  • Tim Dinkel
  • Tim Dinkel
  • Kevin Bauman
  • Chris Castillo
  • Matt Murray
  • Matt Murray
  • Harley Griffin