Auto collision technology program helps students gain multiple skills


The auto collision technology program has been a part of Amarillo College for three years. The program has existed before but went into a break for a long period of time. Eddie Casias, a 23-year industry veteran, leads the program.

“Kids can come in and learn to do body work like painting,” Casias said. “Some students come in and want to do it as a career and others to help their parents on their own family business.” Courses involve painting, welding and general auto body repair.

The program lasts two semesters, and it does not require students to have any knowledge about auto body repair. When students enroll in the program, they do not have to buy any books. Students enrolled in the program describe the hands-on experience as better than reading books because they get physical with what they are learning.

According to program coordinator Brian Jacob, there are more job opportunities for auto body technology majors than in the past. Few new people are entering the auto collision business to take the place of people who are retiring. Casias said he is ready to take students and make them job-ready for any body shop.

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