America is a nation on wheels. Every part of our society and all our industries are dependent on vehicles of one form or another. With over 124 million cars, vans, and trucks on American roads, there is a continuous need for skilled auto body repair people. It is estimated that between 30 and 40 million vehicles pass through collision repair shops each year for major repairs. Millions of additional vehicles pass through repair facilities for minor repairs such as scratch repair and bumper replacement.

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program prepares you for a career as a specialist in auto body repair. The automobile repair business is becoming even more important today as may car owners are having their present vehicles repaired rather than buying new ones. You will receive training in sheet metal welding and cutting, cost estimating, basic business procedures, metal straightening, frame repair, suspension, glass, plastic, and fiberglass repair, body construction, automotive painting and refinishing. You will gain practical experience by working on damaged vehicles in a state-of-the-art auto-collision facility.

All Auto Collision Repair Technology students are required to have their own personal tool set to use for classroom/lab projects. You may be in the lab and working the first day of class and tools are required. View the Tools and Purchasing Procedures.

To register or if you have questions:

Nicholas Demke
Career Navigator
Sioux City Campus, Admissions
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Estimated Program Costs

In-state tuition and fees: $12,288.00 *
Out-of-state tuition and fees: $12,352.00 *
Educational fees: $97.00/semester
Tools: $5,602.85
Estimated books: $200.00/semester
Estimated transportation and personal expense: $2,273.00/semester
Estimated housing and meals: $3,825.00/semester

* This is an approximate cost based on tuition and fees set by the Board of Directors before each school year. Course level fees may also apply. Additional charges for licensure or credential testing may be a part of your program.

Required Classes for Auto Collision Repair Technology | AAS

SDV 108 The College Experience 1
CRR 102 Sheet Metal Welding 3
CRR 411 Interior Body Construction 3
CRR 403 Exterior Body Construction 3
CRR 323 Sheet Metal Fundamentals 3
MAT 772 Applied Math 3
CRR 202 Plastic Repair 3
CRR 533 Structural Repair 3
CRR 551 Integral Body Repair 3
CRR 504 Frame and Unibody Damage Analysis 4
COM 753 Technical Communications 3
CRR 811 Surface Preparation 4
CRR 805 Refinishing I 4
CRR 834 Refinishing II 4
PSY 102 Human & Work Relations 3
CRR 742 Estimating Theory 2
CRR 210 Electricity and Air Conditioning 3
CRR 655 Advanced Collision Repair 5
CRR 874 Advanced Refinishing 4
SPC 122 Interpersonal Communication 3

All students must attend the summer Program Orientation, or must meet/contact their Auto Collision Repair Technology program advisor prior to taking their first course.

All part-time students must meet with an Auto Collision Repair Technology program advisor to develop a sequential Plan of Study prior to taking their first course. (failure to do so may result in the student taking longer to complete the program)

Students must take their program core courses in sequence, and during the same semester as is reflected on the published Plan of Study.

Entrance Requirements

Submit your official high school/college transcripts to

Meet Your Faculty and Staff

Ben Ricklefs
Automotive Collision Repair Technology Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1454
Sioux City, Room D421
Tim Hardyk
Automotive Collision Repair Technology Instructor
712.274.8733 Ext. 1312
Sioux City, Room D405
Greg Strong
Division Chair
712.274.8733 Ext. 1480
Sioux City, Room B109


Advisory Board

Bill Harris C & J Body Shop
Cindy Koster Peterbilt of Sioux City
Barry Kounkel Division Street Paint & Body
Don Leedom Knoepfler Chevrolet
Joe Russell Arnold Motor Supply
Mike Duarte Sturdevant's Refinish Supply Center
George Tsiobanos Sioux Body Shop
Chad Waples Dreamworks Collision Center
Aaron Petersen Davies Body Shop
Jason Rush Sioux City Truck & Trailer
Bob Beazley Sioux Valley Automotive
Troy Launsby Troy's Auto World