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Auto Body Repair & Painting (ABRP)
Download the ABRP program brochure
Download the ABRP
program brochure

The Auto Body Repair and Painting program offers vocational training to students desiring to gain knowledge, and develop salable skills and attitudes that will qualify them for employment in the auto body repair and painting industry and related occupations. Classroom and hands-on live lab training is provided that represents the current and new technological trends in the industry. The training will also help students progress from entry level work to higher skill levels in the trade. This program also seeks to serve the community by providing job upgrading opportunities for professionals in the field. Graduates have found that completion of the Auto Body Repair and Painting program enables them to get better paying jobs and to advance faster once employed, than others who do not have the benefit of training.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:

  • Demonstrate entry-level knowledge and skills required for the safe operation of tools and equipment necessary to perform repairs on modern automobiles.
  • Apply proper safety procedures and regulated compliance standards applicable to the auto collision and refinish industry.
  • Demonstrate structural panel repair techniques and advanced welding skills.
  • Demonstrate competence in refinish procedures.
  • Employ industry standard operating procedures and repair techniques.
  • Utilize research, communication and problem solving skills to evaluate and operationalize repair tasks.
  • Model professional conduct and practice desirable work habits and attitudes for successful employment in the auto repair industry.

Student Learning Outcome Assessment

We are committed to quality learning through the systematic assessment of our program and course learning outcomes.

Click here to view the Instructional Program Assessment Reports and Plans

Equipment & Supplies:

Students entering the ABRP program are required to purchase a textbook, student manuals, personal protection safety equipment, and a required hand tool set. The cost of the basic items, other than tuition and fees, for the four semesters is approximately $1500.00 - $2000.00, and varies depending on the quality and quantity of the goods purchased. Students should confer with their instructor for specific requirements and recommendations

Preparation or Specialized Training:

Although no special training is required interested students should enjoy working with their hands, have average hand-eye coordination, be of good general physical health, and posses a positive attitude. Tech prep courses in auto body, auto mechanics, sheetmetal fabrication, welding, industrial arts, basic math, technical reading, and communication skills will enhance leaning and successful completion of the coursework.

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the Auto Body Repair & Painting Office is located at Building 321 on the
UH Hilo Upper Campus.

Upon Completion:

A shortage of qualified auto body repair technicians both locally and nationally is expected to continue for the next several years. Demand for auto body repair services will grow in accordance with expected increases in the population and corresponding vehicular traffic. The sophistication of new vehicle design and construction will require a highly technical workforce trained with the most current repair methods. Trained and certified technicians will command the highest wages.

Students may also chose to continue on to other vocational programs for more comprehensive training building on the basic skills and knowledge attained in the program. Recent data indicates 54% of full-time program participants entering in the fall semester graduated or were still enrolled 3 years after their initial entry, and another 23% had secured employment in the tight local job market.

The Occupation:

Auto body repair technicians repair or replace damaged parts of automobile and truck bodies and frames. Typical repairs include; removing dents from fenders and body panels and straightening bent bodies; applying and finishing body filler; replacing metal and plastic parts that cannot be repaired; removing heavily damaged sections of body panels and welding in new sections; refinishing complete vehicles, or mixing and color matching paint for touch up refinishing; and performing vehicle damage analysis and estimating the repair costs. Most repairers work on cars and light trucks, but some specialize in large trucks, busses, tractor-trailers, marine, and aviation equipment. They may also specialize as collision technicians who repair unibody and frame misalignment; create custom body and paint work; perform auto glass service; upholstery repairs; and aftermarket installations.


Gainful Employment Disclosure

Beginning July 1, 2011, the US Department of Education began requiring colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation". We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.

The data includes occupations, placement rates, on-time completion rates, average costs and program median loan debt.

Gainful Employment Disclosure for Auto Body Repair and Painting Certificate of Achievement (CA) Program


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Contact Information
Hawaiʻi Community College
ATE Division
Auto Body Repair & Painting
200 W. Kawili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091