Auto Body and Paint Technology


Auto Bofy Student working on a car

Are you an artistic and creative person who loves cars? Check out Autobody and PaintTechnology , a two-year, six credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the automotive refinishing industry is seeking in qualified candidates! You will learn in a state-of-the-art lab on real equipment, and you will even have the opportunity earn the highly regarded ASE and AYES certifications!

This two-year course covers all aspects of Auto Body repair from estimating to a complete paint job. Students will learn to use hand tools as well as high tech equipment. Other competencies will include learning how to weld, straighten a frame, repair fiber-glass, use plastic filler, and mix paint on a computerized paint mixing system. Students will also become knowledgeable in Total Quality Learning Skills. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Technician Examinations- Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting & Refinishing; Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification Assessments- Painting and Refinishing, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Mechanical & Electrical Components; Safety and Pollution Prevention (SP2) Certifications- Mechanical Safety, Mechanical Pollution Prevention; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.

Right now students in Auto Body are working on repairing and refurbishing privately owned vehicles and restoring an antique 1960 Pontiac Catalina 4-door sedan.
As a community service, students repaint the book carts for the Virginia Beach Public Libraries at no charge.

After the Tech Center:
Technical Schools: UTI, Wyo-Tech, Nashville Tech, Ohio Diesel Tech
TCC: AAS Automotive Technology, Career Studies Automotive Engine Diagnosis and Automotive Parts Specialist
ODU: BS Motorsports Engineering Technology

Body Shop Technician
Automotive Paint Technician
Automotive Technician
Diesel Service Technician
Service Advisor
Parts Salesperson
Automotive Claims Adjuster and Appraisor
Managerial positions


All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Auto Body and Paint Technology!

  • Complete Automotive
  • Checkered Flag Auto Body
  • TNR Auto
  • London Bridge Motor Co.
  • R.K. Chevrolet Body Shop
  • Auto Elite Collision
  • Larry's Imports
  • Maaco
  • Charles Barker Collision Center
  • Hall Body & Paint Shop
  • Desimone's Auto Repair


Mr. Henry Robinson

Mr. Henry Robinson Auto Body teacher

Mr. Tony Wilson