If you're looking for a rewarding career in the auto industry, SWCC's auto collision repair/refinish program is an excellent place to get started. SWCC's esteemed auto collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certification. SWCC is the only program in the state to have the I-CAR PROLEVEL 1 & 2 certifications.
SWCC's auto collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum with valuable hands-on experiences in the classroom. Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations and an intense pride in their program.
Students are trained in areas of panel straightening, refinishing, structural and non-structural repair, plastics repair, welding, mechanical repairs, and estimating. Quality workmanship is the focus of SWCC's auto collision repair program. The training allows students to become both ASE certified--refinish, non-structural, structural, and mechanical/electrical; as well as earn the I-CAR designations.
In addition, first year students may earn the following:
- I-CAR Non-Structural Platinum ProLevel 1
- I-CAR Refinish Platinum ProLevel 1
Second year students may earn:
- I-CAR Non-Structural Platinum ProLevel 2
- I-CAR Refinish Platinum Pro Level 2
A unique feature of the program--after two years of collision repair training you can return for one additional year of mechanical training and obtain a second AAS degree in automotive repair.
SWCC students have placed extremely high in Iowa Skills USA and National Skills USA competition. In 2022, Lukas Moore, a May 2022 SWCC auto collision repair/refinish graduate, placed second nationally, receiving the silver medal in collision repair technology (post-secondary division); and in 2017, SWCC student Joel Hartstack of Corning, finished as a National Skills USA collision repair champion.
NOTE: This program is located on the Creston campus.
Associate of Applied Science Degree
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a specialized degree that can be used for immediate entry into the workplace. Emphasis is placed on competence of applying basic principles, theories, and occupational skills. These are two-year programs.
A certificate or diploma is a credential showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation in a 9– or 10–month format. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.
- Collision repair technician
- Refinish technician
- Painters apprentice
- Physical damage appraiser in the insurance industry
- Manufacturer's sales/service representative
- Body shop estimator
- CRR 301 Introduction to Collision Repair
- CRR 101 Sheet Metal Welding
- CRR 324 Sheet Metal Fundamentals
- CRR 420 Non-Structural Repair
- CRR 804 Introduction to Refinishing
- COM 724 Employment Communications
- CRR 743 Estimating
- CRR 201 Plastic Repair
- CRR 504 Frame and Unibody Damage Analysis
- CRR 833 Refinishing II
- CRR 361 Collision Lab I
- CRR 835 Refinishing III
- CRR 508 Structural Parts Replacement
- CRR 362 Collision Lab II
- ECN 115 Personal Finance
- CRR 363 Collision Lab III
- AUT 104 Introduction to Automotive Technology
- AUT 404 Automotive Suspension and Steering
- AUT 603 Basic Automotive Electricity
- PHS 125 Physical Science (with lab)
- CRR 364 Collision Lab IV
- AUT 503 Automotive Brake Systems
- AUT 652 Advanced Automotive Electricity
- AUT 704 Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning
Click on the course number in the list above to view the course description. This may not be a complete list of courses that may be included for the Auto Collision Repair/Refinish program. To see all courses in a semester-by-semester plan, view the Auto Collision Repair/Refinish program course outline.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- repair damaged vehicles to pre-accident condition.
- comprehend the processes involved in auto collision repair and refinishing industry.
- operate auto collision repair and refinish equipment.
- possess an appropriate work ethic associated with the auto collision repair industry.
- develop a repair plan for various auto collision damages.
- exhibit appropriate customer/interpersonal relations.
I-CAR Platinum-Level Designation - Instructor
I-CAR Gold Class Designation - Program