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The collision industry is facing two intertwined challenges:

  • 01

    Demand is significantly outpacing a steadily declining supply of collision technician entrants

  • 02

    Technicians with uneven skill sets and certifications.

As the automotive industry grows and evolves, we anticipate that this demand will increase. That means that drivers—your customers—will suffer not just in the short term, but into the future as well. Driven by this motive, the Collision Engineering program was designed with the industry’s needs in mind, and it encourages schools and industry to work together to make sure graduates are prepared to meet those needs.

How We Can Future-Proof Our Industry Together

With your support, we as an industry can develop a pipeline of engaged, talented professionals ready to join the workforce and get drivers back on the road.


Attract and develop an increasing amount of entry-level talent to help fill both the worker shortage and skills gap


Improve individual career growth potential to enhance retention


Encourage life-long learning so technicians maintain their expertise as the automotive industry advances


Equip graduating students with the most up-to-date knowledge and experience with the newest and emerging technologies


Collision Engineering is an exciting,
viable, and rewarding career.

“Collision Engineering is an exciting, viable, and rewarding career. By increasing awareness of these opportunities and training students to become meaningful entrants to the industry, the Automotive Collision Engineering Program is helping fill both the worker shortage and skills gap that exist. This program represents a strategic and collaborative response from an industry with a great deal to offer new members of the workforce, and a critical investment in the future of automotive repair.”

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Executive Director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists (SCRS)