What career opportunities are available upon completion?
The state projects that the East Texas workforce demand for auto body related jobs are increasing. The Occupational Outlook Handbook states that most employers “prefer to hire persons who have completed formal training programs in automotive body repair.” As long as there are automobiles to drive there will be a demand for technicians to repair that damage caused by traffic accidents.
Is there security in the marketplace to sustain employment in this field?
Over the past ten years according to the United States Department of Transportation’s National Transportation Library there has been an average of 5,758,000 traffic accidents per year. That is pretty good job security.
Will I have assistance in Job Placement?
This program has a strong advisory committee as well as overwhelming support from the collision repair industry in this area -- both of which are excited about our program producing graduates for them to employ.
What positions will I be qualified to fill?
You will be trained in the art of collision repair; however your training will equip you to handle other tasks such as estimating and painting.
What do graduates of the program do?
Skilled auto body technicians have the ability to write their own ticket when it comes to employment. Venues include collision repair shops, insurance companies and automobile auctions. Many other technicians find work in business fleets, car and truck rental, custom paint shops and dealerships. Some graduates go into business for themselves.
What is the job outlook for graduates?
Outstanding. There are more openings than graduates. Kilgore College has a job placement office and the program has strong support form the collision repair industry. Employers seek out KC Auto Body Tech grads.
What kind of salary can graduates expect?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national median annual salary is $44,580. Local salaries will vary.
How long does it take to complete the program?
Graduates of the two-year program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree. The certificate program is one year in length.