Collision Repair Technology

Hands-on training allows you to turn accidents into a strong career.

Industry & Transportation
Skilled trades professions like civil engineering, electrical technology, HVAC and many more are among the most in-demand careers in New Hampshire. Professions like these, as well as automotive, marine and aviation technology, offer hands-on learning and attainment of an increasing array of technical skills that prepare students for rewarding professions.

Day Program

Accidents happen, and the challenges of automotive collision repair are becoming increasingly complex. Our Associates in Science degree in Collision Repair Technology provides you with the skills and technology training necessary for building a strong and stable career.

Our two-year degree program consists of a “hands-on” lab where you will learn how to perform all the many different types of collision repairs. Each damaged vehicle has unique repair issues, and you will learn how to tackle these problems through practical and state-of-the-art repair techniques. You will learn and apply the skills of panel replacement, frame repair and straightening, refinishing and painting vehicles, and interior replacement in our modern facility. Your training also will include course work that explores the theory of collision repair and general education courses. Our experienced faculty guides your high-tech training, and you will receive plenty of individual instruction with our small class size.

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So Much More: The NCC Advantage

Career Options: A technically trained collision specialist has high-income potential and numerous job opportunities in the collision industry. Job opportunities include repair technician, refinishing technician, automotive frame technician, damage estimator, shop manager, sales representative, and detailer. Our faculty works with businesses and industry to place students in appropriate jobs.

Live Work—Learn By Doing: You will be exposed to a wide range of actual collision problems and learn by performing real work on real cars (even your own).

Transfer Options: Our Associates of Science degree provides you with more general education courses (compared to applied science degrees), making your degree more transferable to numerous bachelor’s degree programs.

Experienced Faculty: Our faculty knows cars and is passionate about automotive technology and collision repair. All faculty members are ASE Master Certified and bring experience from working in the automotive industry and from running their own automotive repair businesses.

Convenient and Affordable: The cost of our program is significantly lower than that of other national collision repair programs.

Enroll Today and prepare to reap the rewards of a career in the collision repair industry.

Special Requirements:

  1. A minimum of one year of high school Algebra I is recommended.
  2. Basic skills in written English are required.
  3. A basic automotive tool kit and roll cabinet are required. Substantial discounts are available to enrolled students. An annual "Tool Day" takes place in late August for students needing tools or tool kits. Approximate tool kit cost is between $1,600 and $3,500 (prices subject to change).
  4. Students are expected to posses a good work ethic and a strong desire to learn.


CRTN101N Basic Collision Repair* 2 4 4
CRTN102N  Introduction to collision Repair*** 3 0 3
CRTN105N Basic Automotive Refinishing* 2 4 4
ENGL101N College Composition 4 0 4
MATH103N Topics in Applied College Mathematics -OR- 3 0 3/4
General Education Core Elective: Quantitative Literacy  4 0 4
CRTN125N Intermediate Automotive Refinishing 2 4 4
CRTN135N  Mechanical / Electrical Systems I 2 3 3
CRTN140N Collision Repair Welding* 2 3 3
CRTN151N Intermediate Collision Repair 2 4 4
General Education Core Requirement:  English/Communications 3 0 3
CRTN201N Advanced Collision Repair 2 6 4
CRTN210N Structural Analysis and Repair 2 6 4
CRTN211N Structural Analysis & Measuring 2 3 3
CRTN235N Mechanical / Electrical Systems II 2 3 3
PHYS101N Physical Science I 3 2 4
CRTN225N Advanced Automotive Refinishing 2 6 4
CRTN230N Estimating and Customer Service: A Capstone Experience 3 0 3
CRTN245N Mechanical / Electrical Systems III 2 3 3
General Education Core: Behavioral  Social Science  -OR-
History or Political Science
3 0 3
ARTS140N Welding and Metal Craft 1 4 3
General Education Core Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts OR Global Awareness     3 0 3
Total 69/70 Credits

*This course may be waived by Accuplacer text scores or by Math department placement exam. These credits do not count towards graduation.

**A student must earn a "C" or better to achieve a passing grade in this course. 

Collision Repair Tool List

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the associate degree in automotive technology, graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate, diagnose, and repair various automotive systems using NATEF guidelines.
  2. Use technology and basic scientific principles for research and problem solving.
  3. Employ effective written and oral communication skills.
  4. Employ effective technical writing skills.
  5. Utilize mathematical logic and analysis for problem solving.
  6. Understand the connections between individuals and society.
  7. Have the ability to achieve ASE Master Certification.
  8. Perform reading skills at a college level.
  9. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.

In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.

Collision Repair Tool List

Required Tools

  • Safety glasses (OSHA approved)
  • 25 foot tape measure (standard & metric)
  • Ear protectors (Ear muff type)
  • fender cover
  • tire air inflation chuck with 1/4" Lincoln-style air fitting (Milton 791/792)
  • tire air pressure gauge
  • tire valve core remover
  • blow gun, non-restricted with 1/4" Lincoln-style air fitting (Milton 791/792)
  • Rechargeable LED Shop/Utility Light (No longer than 24”)
  • Telescoping inspection mirror
  • Wire brush (Shoe horn type)
  • Bastard file set to include 3/8” round, 8” flat mill, and 8” half round
  • Scraper/putty knife 1” – Steel Blade
  • Hack saw with blades
  • 12 volt test light
  • Digital Multi-meter (volt-ohms-amps) Fluke DM115 or equivalent
  • 16 oz. ball peen hammer
  • Pry bar set (Lady Foot/line up bar type)
  • Punch/chisel set, center, pin, starter, flat chisel
  • Screwdriver set, flat blade, stubby, 6”, 9”, 12”, offset
  • Screwdriver set, Phillips, stubby #1 & #2, 6” #1 & #2, 12” #3, offset #2
  • Torx set for ¼” and 3/8” drive (T8-T55)
  • Locking pliers set to include needle nose type
  • Body panel clamp assortment – Vise Grip V9R, V6R, V11R, V18R or equivalent
  • 6" needle nose pliers
  • 7" diagonal cutters
  • 7” combination/slip joint pliers
  • 9" arc/adjustable joint pliers
  • 16" arc/adjustable joint pliers
  • 7" electrical crimp/wire stripping/cutting pliers
  • High speed drill bit set (1/16”- ½”; Cobalt or Titanium 135 degree split point)
  • Hood prop rod
  • *Charcoal Filter Respirator with organic vapor cartridges – for automotive refinishing (3M 7178, 7179 or equivalent)
  • Allen wrench set (SAE)
  • Allen wrench set (metric)
  • Combination wrench set (metric 8mm - 19mm)
  • Adjustable wrench 6"
  • Mechanics gloves
  • Magnetic pick-up tool
  • Utility knife
  • Door trim removal tool kit (to include u and v-notch tools)
  • Oil filter wrenches – to fit most sizes
  • ½” drive impact wrench with Lincoln style air fitting (Milton 791/792)
  • ½” drive reversible (flip) impact wheel lug nut socket and extension (19mm & 21mm)
  • ½” drive socket set to include the following:Ratchet,Extensions – 5” & 10” long, Universal joint, Breaker bar – 18”, Shallow metric sockets 10mm – 25mm
  • ½” drive click type torque wrench (50-250 ft. lbs.)
  • 3/8” drive socket set to include the following: Ratchet, Extensions – 3”, 6”, 12” and 18” long, Universal joint, Shallow metric sockets 8mm – 19mm
  • ¼” drive socket set to include the following: Ratchet, Extensions – 3” & 6” long, Universal joint, Shallow metric sockets 6mm – 12mm
  • *Soft sanding block – foam pad (Motor Guard SB-1 or equivalent)*
  • *14” rough (8 teeth per inch) curved tooth body file for filing body panels*
  • *Handle for above file with screws – wood or adjustable aluminum handle*
  • aviation metal snips - left, right and straight
  • 6 3/4" x 2 3/4" wood sanding board (clip type paper)*
  • *17 1/2" x 2 3/4" wood sanding board (clip type paper)*
  • *2 3/4”x5” rubber sanding block (3M preferred)*
  • *2 3/4” x 8” rubber sanding block (3M preferred)*
  • *Surform file (half round) – cheese grater*
  • *Short blunt picking hammer*
  • *Long pick hammer*
  • *Low crown (light) dinging spoon*
  • *General purpose dolly-Must be solid*
  • *Heel dolly-Must be solid*
  • Welding goggles
  • roll-away tool cabinet not to exceed 34" in length(NO EXCEPTIONS)
  • *Safety Shoes – Leather uppers/rubber soles (steel toe recommended)*

Optional Tools - NOT Required

  • 1/2" drive impact socket set (deep and shallow, SAE and metric)
  • Combination wrench set (SAE 5/16”-1”)
  • ½” drive shallow SAE sockets 3/8” – 1 1/8”
  • 3/8” drive shallow SAE sockets ¼” – 7/8”
  • ¼” drive shallow SAE sockets

*Note:  If these items cannot be supplied as part of the manufacturers tool package, they can be purchased separately through one of the local auto parts stores at a discount.  Contact the Collision Repair Technology Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for details.

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