Collision Repair & Refinishing Apprenticeship | Repair Careers Stillwater

You’ll spend the first part of this program mastering everything from structural repairs to painting to refinishing. Working on various hands-on projects in the garage at Tech you’ll learn how to fix the big dents and dings and the tiny details such as handles, moldings and trim. Be prepared to expand your welding skills by learning how to MIG welding joints following I-CAR standards and auto collision squeeze-type resistance spot welding. Once your skills meet industry standards, you’ll move into a local collision repair shop and get on-the-job experience as an apprentice!

The hours completed in this major are aligned with ASE/NATEF standards, and ASE certification is recommended and industry recognized. The skills you’ll learn in this program can be applied to automobiles, boats, motorcycles and power sports equipment.

How You’ll Learn Hands-On

Get out of the classroom and into the real world with projects such as:

  • Straightening steel to fixing dents and dings
  • Mastering proper painting techniques from mixing to application

Where it Can Take You

Use the skills you’ll learn in this program to find a career you’ll love. Possibilities include:

  • Automotive Detailer
  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Body Shop Supervisor
  • Entrepreneur

What You’ll Learn


Introduction to Collision Repair Technology


Auto Collision Trim and Hardware


Auto Collision Non-Structural Metal Straightening/Repair


Auto Collision MIG (GMAW) Welding


Automotive Body Panel Adjustment and Alignment


Refinish Preparation


Refinish Application


Refinish Color Adjustment


Refinish Blending and Painting Defects


Auto Collision Plastic Component Repair and Replacement


Automotive Glass Replacement


Auto Collision Damage Analysis


Auto Collision Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding (STRSW)


Auto Collision Structural Repair


Automotive Detailing


Workforce Staging


Workforce Connection


Workforce Induction


Collision Repair Advanced Career Major Capstone


Collision Repair Career Major Capstone




Career Readiness Certificate

WorkKeys®, an assessment tool from the ACT® organization, measures skills employers have identified as critical to job success in their industry and are used in hiring and promoting employees. Students are able to earn the ACT®-issued National Career Readiness Certificate by meeting the score requirements for their job field on three WorkKeys® assessments.

Matching the right employees with the right job creates employee job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and the best wages possible for the employee. The employer benefits with reduced turnover and training, increased productivity and overall company success. To learn about the WorkKeys® scores needed for your future career field visit Job Profiles.

The required WorkKeys scores for this career major are:

Applied Math – 3
Workplace Documents – 3
Graphic Literacy – 3

Graduation Requirements

In order to be successful in a career, students will need to meet all technical and academic standards related to their career of choice at Meridian. Meridian offers rigorous programs of study designed in cooperation with business and industry to ensure students are fully prepared for the demands of the workplace.

Meridian’s Career Ready Credential

When a student completes all standards as set forth in their program of study, they will be considered a graduate of Meridian and receive the Career Ready Credential. Students who do not meet these standards will not be considered graduates of Meridian. Students should have:

  • Completed all courses in a career major with a grade of “C” or above and achieved required industry-based certifications for the career major
  • Achieved WorkKeys® scores at or above the level required for the career major or earned an ACT® composite score of 19 or greater (Students may substitute equivalent scores on SAT, ACCUPLACER or other approved assessments.)

Additional Endorsements

Students earning a Career Ready Credential may also earn the Postsecondary Ready Endorsement, Citizenship Ready Endorsement and the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).

Postsecondary Ready Endorsement

  • Earned, or was on track to earn, a high school diploma or GED at the time of Meridian graduation
  • Achieved a subscore of 19 or greater on the ACT® in math, English, reading and science (Students may substitute equivalent scores on SAT, ACCUPLACER or other approved assessments.)

Citizenship Ready Endorsement

  • Completed employment profile, résumé, job application, cover letter, mock interview and job search training through
  • Documented active membership in a CareerTech Student Organization or professional association related to the program of study
  • Documented 20 hours of volunteerism or service in a community activity

National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC)

  • Completed WorkKeys® assessments in Applied Math, Graphic Literacy and Workplace Documents and received a silver, gold or platinum National Career Readiness Certificate through the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

Get Started

Apply for admission as a high school student. Apply for admission as an adult. Contact the Career Planning Center with questions at 405.377.3333.