Texas Auto Body Repair Technician Programs and Schools

Career Information for Automotive Body Repairers in Texas

An automotive body repair technician is responsible for refinishing, replacing and restoring vehicle frames and bodies. They'll review and inspect the damage before removing the damaged parts and refinishing the restored areas. In many cases, auto body repair technicians get on-the-job training, but new workers may consider a formal education at a Texas auto repair school or program.

Texas Automotive Body Repair Technician Schools

Completing a training program in auto body repair is required by most employers. Most programs can provide you with technical instruction and hands-on practice, ensuring you have the necessary skills to become a body repairer. There are a number of auto body repair technician schools in Texas, including:

  • Del Mar College: DMC serve over 22,000 non-credit and credit students per year offering a wide range of degrees, certificates and courses. One of these programs is Auto Body Applied Technology which results in an Associate's Degree.
  • San Jacinto Community College: Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, San Jac offers a program in Auto Collision Repair.
  • Tarrant County College: Located in Hurst, Fort Worth and Arlington, TCC provides a number of courses that appeal to those looking to further their career as an automotive body repair technician. These programs include a degree in Automotive Collision Repair and certificates in Automotive Metal Repair and Automotive Refinishing.
  • Texas State Technical College: Established 50 years ago, TSTC boast ten campuses, including ones in North Texas, Fort Bend County and Abilene. They offer an Auto Collision & Management Technology program as well as certificates in Auto Body Refinishing and Auto Collision Repair.
  • Central Texas College: At CTC there are a comprehensive range of programs on offer including an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Auto Collision Repair.
  • Northeast Texas Community College: Founded in 1984, NTCC's main campus is based in Mount Pleasant, Texas. Courses include the Auto Body Repair Tech Certificate, which covers a variety of skills including painting and metallurgy.

What to Expect from Texas Auto Body Technician Programs

When embarking on a program at an automotive body repair technician school in Texas, you'll work alongside trained technicians, acquiring skills that can help you to go on and become a qualified technician yourself. Your program may include classroom-based work as well as hands-on experiences in a service repair shop. Your course may cover a number of things, including:

  • Refinishing
  • Operating welding equipment
  • Painting equipment or surfaces
  • Cutting materials to meet certain specifications
  • Installing vehicle accessories or parts
  • Molding
  • Restoring

Texas Auto Body Repair Technician License

Certification isn't a requirement for an automotive body repair technician in Texas. However, most technicians look to obtain a certificate from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). This is a standard certification for body repair technicians and there are also other certificates available with certain paint and vehicle manufacturers who have a specialized way of doing things.

Some employers may also offer you the chance to do an advanced training program like those offered by the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR).

Resources for Auto Body Repair Technicians in Texas


  1. Automotive Body and Glass Repairers Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/installation-maintenance-and-repair/automotive-body-and-glass-repairers.htm, accessed September 15, 2016
  2. O*NET OnLine Summary Report for Automotive Body and Related Repairers, http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3021.00, accessed September 15, 2016

Schools for Automotive Body Repairers in Texas are listed below.

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More Texas Auto Body Repair Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Alvin Community College Alvin Associate 4,169
Amarillo College Amarillo Associate 10,387
Angelina College Lufkin Associate 4,677
Austin Community College District Austin Associate 33,508
Brazosport College Lake Jackson Bachelor 3,753
Brookhaven College Farmers Branch Associate 11,059
Cedar Valley College Lancaster Associate 4,834
Central Texas College Killeen Associate 21,532
Cisco College Cisco Associate 3,365
Coastal Bend College Beeville Associate 3,196
Del Mar College Corpus Christi Associate 11,167
Eastfield College Mesquite Associate 10,653
El Paso Community College El Paso Associate 25,023
Grayson County College Denison Associate 3,811
Hill College Hillsboro Associate 3,556
Houston Community College Houston Associate 43,518
Kilgore College Kilgore Associate 5,150
Lamar State College-Port Arthur Port Arthur Associate 2,325
Laredo Community College Laredo Associate 7,831
Lee College Baytown Associate 5,856
Lone Star College System The Woodlands Associate 39,756
Midland College Midland Bachelor 5,739
Northeast Texas Community College Mount Pleasant Associate 1,010
Odessa College Odessa Associate 4,580
San Jacinto Community College Pasadena Associate 23,805
South Plains College Levelland Associate 6,602
South Texas College McAllen Bachelor 19,827
Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf Big Spring Associate 119
Southwest Texas Junior College Uvalde Associate 4,716
St Philips College San Antonio Associate 9,256
Tarrant County College Fort Worth Associate 37,948
Texarkana College Texarkana Associate 4,439
Texas State Technical College Harlingen Harlingen Associate 4,957
Texas State Technical College Waco Waco Associate 4,210
Texas State Technical College-West Texas Sweetwater Associate 1,639
Trinity Valley Community College Athens Associate 5,046
Tyler Junior College Tyler Associate 8,217
Vernon College Vernon Associate 2,808
Western Technical College Main Campus El Paso El Paso Associate 887
Wharton County Junior College Wharton Associate 5,892

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Automotive Body Repairers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Texas. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Automotive Body Repairers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Automotive Body Repairers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Abilene 70 $37100 1
Amarillo 270 $43130 2.3
Austin 530 $42230 0.55
Round Rock 530 $42230 0.55
Houston 2840 $39810 0.93
The Woodlands 2840 $39810 0.93
Sugar Land 2840 $39810 0.93
Brownsville 80 $27280 0.57
Harlingen 80 $27280 0.57
Beaumont 220 $33560 1.27
Port Arthur 220 $33560 1.27
College Station 30 $40140 0.3
Bryan 30 $40140 0.3
Corpus Christi 250 $37000 1.28
Dallas 3450 $41620 1.01
Fort Worth 3450 $41620 1.01
Arlington 3450 $41620 1.01
El Paso 440 $38400 1.45
San Angelo 80 $37300 1.75
San Antonio 860 $47010 0.88
New Braunfels 860 $47010 0.88
Laredo 60 $40060 0.62
Longview 80 $37830 0.8
Lubbock 100 $50790 0.71
McAllen 260 $31800 1.02
Edinburg 260 $31800 1.02
Mission 260 $31800 1.02
Midland 80 $41060 0.86
Killeen 0 $39880 0
Temple 0 $39880 0
Odessa 110 $35520 1.4
Sherman 40 $44200 0.88
Denison 40 $44200 0.88
Tyler 90 $44130 0.83
Victoria 30 $45680 0.71
Waco 90 $39130 0.82
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