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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

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More Texas Auto Body Repair Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Alvin
Associate
4,169
Amarillo
Associate
10,387
Lufkin
Associate
4,677
Austin
Associate
33,508
Lake Jackson
Bachelor
3,753
Farmers Branch
Associate
11,059
Lancaster
Associate
4,834
Killeen
Associate
21,532
Cisco
Associate
3,365
Beeville
Associate
3,196
Corpus Christi
Associate
11,167
Mesquite
Associate
10,653
El Paso
Associate
25,023
Denison
Associate
3,811
Hillsboro
Associate
3,556
Houston
Associate
43,518
Kilgore
Associate
5,150
Port Arthur
Associate
2,325
Laredo
Associate
7,831
Baytown
Associate
5,856
The Woodlands
Associate
39,756
Midland
Bachelor
5,739
Mount Pleasant
Associate
1,010
Odessa
Associate
4,580
Pasadena
Associate
23,805
Levelland
Associate
6,602
McAllen
Bachelor
19,827
Big Spring
Associate
119
Uvalde
Associate
4,716
San Antonio
Associate
9,256
Fort Worth
Associate
37,948
Texarkana
Associate
4,439
Harlingen
Associate
4,957
Waco
Associate
4,210
Sweetwater
Associate
1,639
Athens
Associate
5,046
Tyler
Associate
8,217
Vernon
Associate
2,808
El Paso
Associate
887
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Austin 560 $43,210
Round Rock 560 $43,210
Abilene 70 $35,040
Amarillo -2222 $43,990
Brownsville 80 $32,820
Harlingen 80 $32,820
Beaumont 270 $29,920
Port Arthur 270 $29,920
College Station 40 $38,260
Bryan 40 $38,260
Corpus Christi 190 $37,160
Dallas 3150 $40,630
Fort Worth 3150 $40,630
Arlington 3150 $40,630
El Paso 560 $36,890
Houston 2710 $42,550
The Woodlands 2710 $42,550
Sugar Land 2710 $42,550
San Angelo 50 $41,210
San Antonio 1000 $42,520
New Braunfels 1000 $42,520
Laredo -2222 $36,750
Longview -2222 $37,240
Lubbock 150 $46,980
McAllen 220 $41,840
Edinburg 220 $41,840
Mission 220 $41,840
Midland 110 $38,630
Killeen 120 $28,600
Temple 120 $28,600
Odessa 70 $44,990
Sherman 50 $43,160
Denison 50 $43,160
Tyler 80 $36,010
Waco 150 $37,970

Sources:

  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

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