Auto Body Technician


The Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech) Auto Body Technician program is one of the premier auto body repair programs in the Seattle area and King County. Auto Body Technician students work on vehicles every quarter. Emphasis is placed on building the skills necessary to do auto body repair, with a lot of opportunity to practice the skills. Students can start any quarter of the year and obtain either a Certificate of Completion (one quarter) by completing any one of the following four blocks:

  • Refinishing (summer quarter)
  • Structural Repair (fall quarter)
  • Non-Structural Repair (winter quarter)
  • Estimating/Shop Management (spring quarter)

LWTech Auto Body students can also receive Auto Body Technician AAS degree. The AAS degree prepares students with skills to compete in the auto body repair industry. This degree consists of all four of the blocks listed above, as well as, a fifth quarter of advanced auto body. The laboratory area is designed to simulate an actual industry repair environment and includes a state-of-the-art painting booth with the latest in high-tech equipment. Successful graduates are qualified for employment in the high wage, high demand field of auto body repair.

Classes for this program are typically held in the mornings from 7 a.m. to 11:50 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Learn from Industry Experts

From the first day of class, you will see that your instructor has a genuine interest in your success. Classes provide you the chance to combine technical theory with skill mastery. You will also work with experts from  within the industry, that volunteer their time to demonstrate skills and start networking with technicians and shop owners from across the industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program have the opportunity to build a career in the lucrative collision repair & restoration industries.

Additional Auto Body Program Information

Entry into the Auto Body Technician program requires completion of LWTech's online application.

Refinishing (Summer)

  • Refinishing Products, Tools & Equipment
  • Surface Preparation, Masking & Detailing
  • Refinishing Application Procedures
  • Color Mixing, Matching & Paint Problems 

Structure Repair (Fall)

  • Door & Glass Service
  • Measuring & Realignment Procedures
  • Welded Panel Removal & Replacement
  • Corrosion Protection

Non-Structural Repair (Winter)

  • Metal Panel Repair
  • Body Fillers and Applications
  • Composite Panel Repairs
  • Disassembly & Re-Assembly Technology

Estimating/Shop Management (Spring)

  • Vehicle Construction Technology
  • Estimating & Shop Management Programs
  • Damage Analysis
  • Mechanical & Electrical Systems

Advanced Auto Body (Offered every quarter)

For students who completed all four blockslisted above

  • Advanced Non-Structural Repair
  • Advanced Structural Repair
  • Advanced Refinishing
  • Advanced Estimating & Shop Management

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To learn more about transferring to another college or university, please visit our Transferring from LWTech page.