Dunwoody Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Dunwoody Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing prepares you to work at leading auto body shops and dealerships. Learn how to straighten and replace damaged body panels, complete custom paint jobs, and perform mechanical and electrical repairs—all in our on-campus collision repair shop.

Through daily hands-on projects, extensive use of I-CAR training materials and the NATEF Collision Repair Task List, and a summer internship at an approved collision repair facility, you will graduate ready to take equivalency tests for I-CAR credits and ASE certification tests. These exams will give you the credentials you need to launch into your career on day one.

All Automotive instructors are ASE-certified Master Instructors, which means you will be learning from professionals who have worked in—and have been certified by—the automotive industry.

The Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation has accredited Dunwoody’s Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Program in Master Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing—the highest level of achievement recognized by the ASE Education Foundation.

To learn more, contact Bruce Graffunder at bgraffunder@dunwoody.edu or 612.381.8184 and Brian Briske at bbriske@dunwoody.edu or 612.381.3319.

This degree directly transfers into Dunwoody’s Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Leadership.

Class topics include:

  • Panel Replacement
  • Auto Body Welding
  • Plastic Repairs
  • Automotive Refinishing & Detailing
  • Damage Analysis & Estimating
  • Structural Analysis, Measuring & Repair
  • Custom Painting

View Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Requirements

To view program requirements, including required courses, electives, course descriptions, and credit hours, visit:

College Catalog: Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Recent Employers of Graduates

Companies that hire our graduates include:

  • ABRA
  • Luther Automotive
  • Morrie’s Automotive Group
  • Heppner’s Auto Body
  • LaMettry’s Auto Body

For additional information on automotive career paths and current job openings, visit http://carcareers.org/.

Student Organizations

Opportunities to get involved outside of the classroom include:

  • Dunwoody Motorsports Club
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK)
  • SkillsUSA
  • Student Government Association (SGA)

Learn more.

Common Job Titles

Possible job titles upon graduation include:

  • Detailer
  • Body Technician
  • Refinish Technician
  • Paint Prepper
  • Estimator


A Collision Repair student in the waterborne paint booth

Collision Repair & Refinishing Shop

Learn to use the many techniques, tools, and equipment needed to repair collision and other body damage to modern automotive vehicles.

  • 9 MIG and wire feed welders; 2 plasma cutting torches; 10 plastic welders; 1 nitrogen plastic welder; 1 three-phase, squeeze-type resistant spot welder
  • Waterborne paint booth and equipment
  • Mobile air tool vacuum system
  • Frame straightening system
  • An abundance of tools used in autobody repair and refinishing