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Automotive Collision Technician

Why Choose the Automotive Collision Technician Program?

As long as cars will be on the road, we'll have a need for automotive collision technicians. This program teaches students how to identify, evaluate and diagnose collision damage and repair needs and gives them the skills to carry those repairs through to completion.

Our Automotive Restoration & Customization - Finishing Certificate offers the training to restore an old classic to its former glory or take a stock vehicle and turn it into a wholly unique ride. Our 85,000 square-foot automotive facility features state-of-the-industry paint rooms, computer labs, classrooms and glassed-in shop areas, and our automotive programs have won numerous national awards.

If you love cars and have an eye for taking something broken and doing the work needed to repair and restore it back to its original condition, this might be the program and career path for you.

Potential Careers

Collision Technician

Collision Technician Career & Wage Details

Refinishing Technician

Refinishing Technician Career & Wage Details

Autobody Technician

Autobody Technician Career & Wage Details

This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

Career Pathway

Gainful Employment Data

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Meet Your Instructors

Kurt Freeman

Kurt came to CPTC after 18 years of industry experience in both independent businesses and dealerships. He has performed all disciplines associated with the collision industry, specializing in structural repair, steering, suspension and alignment. He held lead and supervisory positions for several years. He's always enjoyed learning new techniques or technologies, which helped him in his career and continues to help him as an instructor.

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Michael Mullins

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Automotive Collision Technician Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. 

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Visit the Academic Calendar at to see when the next information session is scheduled.




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New Scholarship Opportunity Announced for CPTC Automotive Students


From left to right: Schuyller Nagorski (RPM Scholar), Renee Crist (America's Car Museum Collections Manager), Ericka DeBoer (RPM Scholar) and Manfred Scharmach (BMW Northwest President and CEO) at the CPTC Foundation Scholarship Celebration Luncheon April 18, 2017. Image Credit: Lori Randall.

Clover Park Technical College automotive students will have access to a new scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year courtesy of the RPM Foundation and BMW Northwest.

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Automotive Student Finds Art in Restoration and Customization


Ericka DeBoer is working on customizing her Chevrolet Blazer, cutting off the back to turn it into a truck and changing the axle to make it more conducive to off-road driving.

Ericka DeBoer is an artist, and her canvas is a car. The Clover Park Technical College Automotive Restoration and Customization student knows some people will hear that and look at her funny, but it’s true.

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From Military Medic to Automotive Mechanic


Clover Park Technical College Automotive Technician student Schuyller Nagorski keeps a photo of him with his two daughters from his last day in his Unit in his toolbox (left); Nagorski will wrap up his two years at CPTC at the conclusion of winter quarter next month (right).

The past two years have provided quite the occupational and lifestyle shift for Schuyller Nagorski, who will finish the Clover Park Technical College Automotive Technician program at the conclusion of winter quarter.

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