Auto Body Repair (ABR)
As long as people continue to drive motorized vehicles, trained professionals who have the skills to repair and restore damaged automobiles will be necessary. According to the U. S. Department of Labor (Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012), careers in the automotive body repair industry are expected to grow an impressive 19% from 2010 to 2020. Think about it…automobile accidents occur every day damaging literally thousands of automobile bodies and fenders. This reality creates job opportunities that will continue to be in high demand. Lawson State Community College’s Automotive Body Repair program is designed to prepare students to enter this in-demand field. Our classrooms and labs utilize the latest repair technology to instruct students on welding, shop safety, metal straightening, fiberglass repair and preparing damage estimates. Students will obtain skills that include all phases of auto body repair, which will immediately prepare you for employment. This program conveniently consists of one Certificate option in Automotive Body Repair that requires 18 classes (51 credit hours), and one Short Certificate option in Automotive Body Repair that only requires 10 classes (27 credit hours).
Employment Potential for Automotive Service Technicians**
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• Job opportunities are expected to be very good for persons completing formal automotive training programs. Employment of automotive body repairers is expected to grow by 19 percent from 2010 to 2020.
•Those with formal training and industry certification should have very good opportunities for meaningful careers.
• The median annual wage for Automotive Body and Glass Repair professionals was $38,130. The top 10% earned more than $64,320.
• Industries employing the largest number of technicians are local government, new and used car dealers, auto and home supply stores, automotive repair shops, and gasoline service stations.
**According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010. Additional information available at www.bls.gov
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