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OPPORTUNITIES FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

Are you wondering what comes next after graduating high school? Well, if you’re interested in cars, enjoy working with your hands, have creative vision, or love to see a project through to completion, you could be destined for a future in collision engineering. Through our internship-style programs, we’ll teach you how to combine traditional techniques with innovative technology to rebuild and repair a range of vehicle types, from hybrid to electric... and whatever comes next!

An Opportunity Not to be Missed

The median salary is $56,862, with new workers starting at around $35,694 and highly experienced workers earning up to $87,321. If you find you’ve got a talent in one particular area and decide to master your skills, you could earn six figures as a specialized technician.

We provide the most up-to-date knowledge and dedicated training, making students from our programs highly sought after in the industry and preparing them for work today as well as tomorrow. The advanced skills that students gain here are comparable to that of an engineer.

From essential equipment to the latest welding and paintless dent repair tools, you’ll have access to everything you need to learn in the classroom and in the shop from. What’s more, you’ll receive a starter set of tools on day one that you get to keep when you graduate!

Through our internship model, you’ll experience job security and a source of income so you can focus on your education without worrying about your finances.

For each successfully completed work rotation during your first year in the program, you’ll receive funds to pay down your tuition—that’s on top of your internship income!

On any given day, there are hundreds of job openings across the country in this field. Research performed by Collision Week found that the industry needs at least 50,000 technicians to fill vacant positions at 40,962 collision repair businesses in the United States. What’s more, this is a rapidly evolving industry that promises exciting future prospects as well as long-term career growth and stability.

You’ll earn certifications that the industry demands as part of the program, which won’t just help you get hired, but can help you earn a higher salary. The cost of these certifications is included for participating in a Collision Engineering program.

Our colleges help students gain employment in the industry prior to graduation through professional training (i.e., resume building, interview training, etc.) so you’ll have the skills to succeed.

KATIE’S
STORY

A Champion in the Making.

Katie joined Ranken’s Automotive Collision Repair program right out of high school. While there, she competed in many SkillsUSA events. In 2012, she placed 2nd in Ranken’s District Auto Refinishing contest. She advanced to the State Championship, placing 1st in Auto Collision. Next stop, the SkillsUSA National Conference. In 2013, Katie finished 1st in Ranken’s District Auto Refinishing contest. She took 3rd in Auto Collision at the State Championship. Katie says, “SkillsUSA competitions and the skills I learned while there are my favorite memories of Ranken. The program taught me to be punctual, self-disciplined, and to never give up.” Today, she is the Lead Refinish Technician for Car Craft Auto Body.