Ranken’s automotive collision repair technology program is more than just an auto body school – it’s one of the most comprehensive collision repair schools around.

Does a career in the collision repair industry sound right for you?


You like work that balances artistry with technical skills, and you take pride in your ability to solve problems and get the job done right.

You want a career with a lot of variety. You enjoy spending your days applying your high standards and in-depth knowledge to different challenges.

You prefer hands-on work, and you don’t mind if it can be physically demanding at times. In fact, you feel good after a hard day’s work, when you can see what you’ve finished that day. You’d rather be active than spend your days sitting at a desk.

You get job satisfaction from knowing that your work helps people. Your customers count on you to treat them fairly when they are in the middle of a car crisis, and they trust you to get their family back on the road safely.

Does this sound like you? If so, an auto body school could be the path to a successful and rewarding career.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most employers prefer to hire employees who have attended an auto body school or other formal training program. Industry certifications are also becoming more and more important when seeking a job.

Why choose Ranken for collision repair training?

At Ranken, we know that you learn best by doing, not sitting at a desk in a classroom. That’s why our Automotive Collision Repair Technology students spend most of their time in our state-of-the-art shop. You’ll get at least 15 hours per week of hands-on shop time, repairing damaged vehicles to industry standards.

We’ve partnered with the most respected organizations in the collision repair industry – the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) – to ensure that you get the most comprehensive training around.

The program is NATEF certified in all four areas of auto body repair: non-structural, structural, refinishing and mechanical/electrical.

Larry D. Schmidt

Automotive Collision Repair Class of 1982 & Instructor, Full Time

Walter E. Rundell

Instructor, Full Time

John K. Helterbrand

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

Collision repair technicians need to know how to repair every part and system that might be damaged in an accident. You’ll learn:

  • Unibody and full frame damage analysis
  • Replacement of all structural components
  • Computing estimates and blueprinting
  • Steering and suspension repair and alignments
  • Non-structural repairs in metal and plastics
  • Air conditioning systems
  • Welding and cutting steel and aluminum
  • Diagnosing electrical and electronic problems
  • Straightening structural steel and aluminum
  • Refinishing systems
  • Cycle time
  • Hybrid technology

You’ll earn industry certifications as part of the program. This won’t just help you get hired – certifications can also help you earn a higher salary. We prepare you to earn:

  • I-CAR ProLevel 1 through 3
  • Four Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certifications
  • You may also qualify for a Sikkens certification