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Let’s face it, accidents happen. If someone has been in a car accident, they’re relying on a collision repair technician to restore their car and return it to the road. You just may be that collision repair technician.
Automotive Training Center’s Collision Reconditioning Technology Program features a comprehensive study of vehicle repair here at our collision repair school. We prepare students with the training and experience they need to qualify for entry-level opportunities in the field.
More on Collision Reconditioning Technology
With more vehicles on the road than ever before, the demand for talented collision repair technicians is higher than it’s ever been. ATC Collision Reconditioning Technology students will learn first-hand from ASE and I-CAR certified instructors and have numerous opportunities to be involved with actual repairs on live vehicles in our modern shop facilities at our auto body repair school.
Automotive Training Center’s Collision Reconditioning Technology Program graduates may choose to pursue the following career paths:
- Collision Repair Technician
- Service and/or Parts Manager*
- Service Writer
- Insurance Appraiser and/or Adjuster
- Technical Instructor*
- Parts Counterperson
- Manufacturer Representative*
- Salesperson (equipment, tools, paint, books)
- Custom Painter
- Restoration Technician
*These positions may require several years of industry field experience.
As a collision repair technician, you will develop the skills needed to become a master metal worker, welder, painter, and overall vehicle specialist. Whether repairing a vehicle after it’s been damaged in an accident or bringing it back to life with a fresh paint job, collision repair technicians must have strong attention to detail and an interest in autobody work.
You’ll have the opportunity to work with the equipment you’ll see in the real world, including the Chief E-Z Liner frame straightening bench and laser frame measuring tools.
Insurance appraisers are another key cog in the collision repair wheel. An insurance collision appraiser completes a full analysis following an accident, estimating parts and labor required to make the necessary repairs. Seek a career as an insurance appraiser and take on these duties each and every day.
It’s even possible that those who graduate from ATC may become technical instructors, after acquiring experience in the field. Our certified instructors pass their knowledge and expertise on to you here at our collision repair school. Perhaps one day, you’ll be passing on your knowledge to future students.
What Collision Reconditioning Students Tackle In the Classroom
When enrolled in the Collision Reconditioning Technology program here at ATC, you will spend about half your time in the classroom, with the other half spent in the lab working on vehicles. In the classroom, you’ll gain experience as you learn about vehicle structure and how cars operate. Knowing about vehicle properties prepares you for when a vehicle comes into the shop and requires repair.
The processes of frame repair and welding are job essentials. We’ll explain how frame repair machines work and how to use this equipment, and then you’ll have the chance to use this equipment in the shop.
Once the vehicle’s body has been brought back into line, then it may be time to complete the paint job. Perfecting the paint job gives the vehicle its polished, finished look. In the classroom at ATC, you’ll learn the best practices when it comes to paint mixing, matching, and application. Then, you’ll have the opportunity to practice on the vehicles in the shop.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our CRT Program
What will I learn in Collision Reconditioning Technology?
From turning wrenches to operating welders, Collision Reconditioning Technology training demands a varied skillset. After all, every vehicle is different, and so is every accident. Successful repairs require an understanding of a vehicle’s internal systems and external elements, including the following repair areas and procedures:
- Body repair
- Frame repair
- Painting and refinishing
- Electrical and steering
- Suspension systems
Why is it called Collision Reconditioning Technology?
In addition to there being more cars on the road, the cars being made today are becoming more advanced and connected. This applies to things like engine technology, safety response systems, driver assistance technology, and even new materials being used to construct a vehicle’s body.
Technology has also optimized and improved the way today’s collision center professionals diagnose and repair vehicles. Working with equipment like laser frame measuring and a Chief E-Z Liner frame straightening bench on a daily basis, technology is more integrated into this role, which is why it’s also made its way into our training program’s title.
I’d like to know more about what skills make a successful collision repair technician. Any pointers?
A collision repair technician’s day-to-day duties vary greatly. No day or job is exactly the same. While this may be seen as a challenge to some, it makes the work that’s done all the more rewarding. To shine on this schedule, strong attention to detail, commitment to time management, and in-depth mechanical knowledge are key.
Download our free eBook that covers a day in the life of a collision repair technician to learn more about how professionals in the field employ these skills.
How do I learn more about pursuing CRT training?
If you’re ready to take the next step with your automotive education, ATC is standing by! Learn more about our automotive repair school with campuses in Exton and Warminster, PA, by scheduling a campus tour today.
Explore ATC’s Collision Reconditioning Technology Program Today
At Automotive Training Center, our focus is on teaching the collision repair technicians of tomorrow. There’s a high demand for collision repair technicians. At our auto body repair school, knowledgeable instructors will prepare you for that career.