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Automotive Collision Repair and Painting

Create Your Success Story in Automotive Collision Repair and Painting

Turn bad days into good work with a career in auto body repair. By helping car owners repair their damaged, dented, and dinged automobiles, you play a critical role in getting people past their automobile accidents. Tap into your creative side by working in an environment where you can weld, paint, mold, and perform other hands-on duties. Compton College's Automotive Collision Repair and Painting Program prepares students for employment in the field and provides upgrade opportunities for currently employed personnel.

Upon completion of the program, students will understand industry repair standards, and have the skills for vehicle identification and construction, estimating, body repairs, frame repairs, vehicle alignment, welding, and vehicle painting. Courses include Automotive Collision Analysis, Basic Automotive Painting, Automotive Repair Fraud, and more.

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How can I apply?

Becoming a Compton College student starts by filling out a free online application. After that, there are a few simple steps to follow before it's time to enroll in classes. Click to get started today.

What are the steps to enrollment?

Click here for all the details you need to understand the process from application to graduation, but here's a brief summary of the steps to become a Compton College student.

  1. Apply for admission
  2. Explore your financial aid options
  3. Complete your online orientation
  4. Work with a counselor to create your educational plan
  5. Register for classes

Need more help? Click here for our virtual program guides.

What degrees and certificates are offered?

Associate of Science Degree

  • Compton College students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Automotive Collision Repair and Painting by completing the required courses (totaling 20 units).

Certificate of Achievement

  • Compton College offers two Certificates of Achievement for students in the Automotive Collision Repair and Painting Program:
    • Automotive Collision Repair (24 units)
    • Automotive Painting and Refinishing (24 units)

Certificate of Accomplishment

  • Students who earn a 2.0 GPA or higher in the following programs are also awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment:
    • Damage Estimating
    • Automotive Collision Investigation
    • Automotive Accident Reconstruction

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

How much does this program cost?

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. For example, unit fees for a 15-unit certificate would be $690, ranging up to the 60-unit associate degree, which would be $2,760. Most students qualify for financial aid or for the Compton College Promise Program.

How long is the program?

Program length varies depending on whether you are pursuing an associate degree or certificate and how many classes you are able to take each semester.

View the Certificate of Achievement or the Associate in Science program maps for more details on a pathway to completion.

What types of jobs are available once I earn a degree or certificate?

  • Automotive Body Repairer
  • Automotive Glass Installer
  • Automotive Glass Repairer
  • Painting and Coating Worker
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What is the salary range for jobs in this field?

The median salary for an auto body and glass repairer in California is $53,920 and varies based on experience, education, and location. Among national auto body and glass repairers, the lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,090, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $77,210.

Are there internships and/or work experience available?

Cooperative Work Experience (CWEE) is designed to provide Compton College students with workplace experience and enhanced skills. We invite you to learn more about the work experience process with us by visiting the CWEE website.

Why choose Compton College?

Compton College is a great value for students looking to make a change or enhance their career and get experience for in-demand, high-paying jobs. Our diverse programs, affordable fees, and outstanding student services are here to support your career goals. The Automotive Collision Repair and Painting Program is just one of many career paths we offer and trains students based on industry standards to ensure success.

Can I transfer to a university after earning a degree?

Upon completing Compton College's Automotive Collision Repair and Painting Program, students can use their certificate and/or degree to work immediately or complete additional general education and major preparation coursework for transfer to a university.

What else do I need to know?

At least 50% of the major requirements for the associate degree must be completed at Compton College.

Who are the program contacts?

Rosa Portillo Gonzalez
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Welcome Center D-27

Alicia Zambrano
Student Services Advisor
Business and Industrial Studies
Office: Vocational Technology Building, VT-150

"I have had extraordinary advisors and counselors at Compton College that have motivated me to transfer. Thanks to Compton College, I can now say that I have a brighter future in academia and a strong support system that is rooting in my favor."
Stephanie Arely Zacatares, Compton College student


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