Ranken’s Professional Collision Repair Technology program is more than just an auto body school – it has been nationally recognized as one of the most comprehensive collision repair schools in the U.S.

There is an art to repairing vehicles after an accident.  It takes specialized equipment and a combination of hands-on, classroom, and I-CAR training.  If your interested in a rewarding and in-demand career that puts vehicles safely back on the road, then our Professional Collision Repair Technology program is for you.

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.

Interested in seeing more of our Professional Collision facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of Ranken Technical College’s PROFESSIONAL COLLISION TECHNICIAN department.

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 Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) – to ensure that you get the most comprehensive training around.

The program is accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation (formerly NATEF) in all four areas of auto body repair: non-structural, structural, refinishing and mechanical/electrical.

Interested in seeing more of our Automotive facilities? Take an interactive 360° virtual tour of the AUTOMOTIVE department.

Jason Davis

Instructor, Full Time

Oliver A. Gilmore

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

Tim Green


Instructor, Full Time
BS in Business,
Hickey Business College
I-CAR Steel Certification
I-CAR Aluminum Certification
I-CAR Steel Sectioning Certification
I-CAR Platinum Certified

John K. Helterbrand

Department Chair & Instructor, Full Time


BS in Applied Management at Ranken Technical College, Ranken AT in Automotive Collision Repair, ASE-Certified Master Collision Repair Technician. I-CAR Instructor and Platinum Individual.

Travis M. Oliver

Adjunct Instructor, Evening School

Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Ranken I-CAR Platinum Individual ASE Certified Auto Refinish Technician Akzo Nobel Waterbone Certified Tech

Walter E. Rundell

Instructor, Full Time

(314) 286-3668

Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Larry D. Schmidt

Automotive Collision Repair Class of 1982 & Instructor, Full Time


Automotive Collision Repair Technology

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

Jared Wilmas

Department: Alumni Automotive
Service Technician @ Bommarito Chevrolet

2020 Automotive Maintenance Technology
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Brad Francis

Department: Alumni Automotive
Owner, Certified Performance and Auto Repair, Inc.

2001 Automotive Maintenance Technology
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Richard Maor

Department: Alumni Automotive
Automotive Technician @ Morley Performance LLC

May 2020 Automotive High Performance Racing Technology
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Ashis Gurung

Department: Alumni Automotive
Auto Body Technician @ Gapsch Carstar Collision Center

May 2020 Automotive Collision Repair Technology
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Andrew Fields

Department: Alumni Automotive
Automotive Technician @ Rob Sight Ford

May 2017 Automotive Maintenance Technology
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