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?

Collision 01You like work that balances artistry with technical skills.

You take pride in your ability to solve problems and get the job done right.

You enjoy spending your days applying your high standards and in-depth knowledge to different challenges.

You prefer hands-on work, and you’d rather be active than spend your days sitting at a desk.

You get job satisfaction from knowing that your work helps people.

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?

Collision 04At 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.

John K. Helterbrand

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time

314-286-4889

Walter E. Rundell

Instructor, Full Time

(314) 286-3668

Larry D. Schmidt

Automotive Collision Repair Class of 1982 & Instructor, Full Time

314-286-4861

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
  • Writing estimates manually and electronically
  • Making non-structural repairs in metal and plastics
  • Performing welding and cutting operations in steel and aluminum
  • Straightening structural steel and aluminum
  • Replacement of structural components
  • Steering and suspension repair and alignments
  • Air conditioning systems relating to collision damage
  • Diagnosing electrical and electronic problems
  • Refinishing systems and the processes to restore the original finish to industry standards

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