Auto Body Repair
The current demand for skilled auto body specialists is high and the future job outlook is bright, so why not earn a certificate or degree in the field?
Waubonsee’s auto body repair program is approved by the Illinois Community College Board and certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). It is taught in accordance with National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) standards and follows I-CAR guidelines.
Waubonsee's auto body repair program gives you real hands-on experience making both structural and non-structural repairs on a variety of vehicles. You will develop skills in the areas of frame repair and straightening, sheet metal repair, welding, plastic component repair, refinishing, and both solvent-based and waterborne painting. Our students repair an average of 78 cars each year.
Facilities and Equipment
The auto body repair program is headquartered in the Auto Body Building, an 18,000 square foot facility on the south side of Waubonsee's Sugar Grove Campus. This facility houses three spray booths, two prep stations, a modern classroom, and a computer lab.
Waubonsee’s facilities and program are compliant with the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants and have been certified so by the Illinois Environment Protection Agency (EPA). As a student, you will earn your personal EPA certification which is a requirement for those working in the field.
You will learn to use some of the most modern and sophisticated equipment in the industry, including a mechanical frame measurement system and two computerized systems. Other equipment includes three frame machines, a state-of-the-art waterborne paint system, and six resistance and MIG welders.
Student Awards and Recognitions
Students who really want to put their abilities to the test can compete at SkillsUSA. Since 2008, Waubonsee students have earned four 1st place awards, seven 2nd place awards, and two 3rd place awards in state competitions. Several students have advanced to the National SkillUSA completion in Kansas City, Missouri, earning 2nd, 4th and 8th place awards.
Award Winning Program
Read more about our Auto Body Repair program in the Chicago Tribune:
If you're between the ages of 16-24 and are in need of financial assistance, you may be able to get your tuition, fees, books and supplies paid for through the Youth Services Program.