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.

Did you know the Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship could help pay for the cost of this program? Learn more at Iowa Last-Dollar Scholarship!

Awards Available

Auto Collision Repair/Refinish:  Diploma or Associate of Applied Science Degree

Auto Collision Repair/Refinish Degree Sheet

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

Auto Collision Repair/Refinish SkillsUSA Poster

  • 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.

Program Designations/Certifications

Gold Class LogoPlatinum LogoASE NATEF Logo 

I-CAR Platinum-Level Designation - Instructor

I-CAR Gold Class Designation - Program 

ASE Certification

  • Refinishing
  • Non-Structural
  • Structural
  • Mechanical/Electrical
  • Estimating

Skills USA logoSkills USA Professional Member  



 CollisionRepair webPotential Careers

  • Collision repair technician
  • Refinish technician
  • Painters apprentice
  • Physical damage appraiser in the insurance industry
  • Manufacturer's sales/service representative
  • Body shop estimator

Main Instructor:  Jeff Magneson, auto collision repair/refinish

Other Instructors:  Jeff Sorensen, automotive repair technology and Kole Vogel, automotive repair technology

US Dept of Labor Occupational Profile for Collision Repair/Refinish Diploma - 49-3021