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Thursday, 04 August 2022 10:24

TSTC Auto Collision Students Look Forward to the Future

One of the skills Texas State Technical College’s auto collision and management technology students learn in classes is welding. One of the skills Texas State Technical College’s auto collision and management technology students learn in classes is welding. Courtesy of TSTC

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Jacob Pevia hears about it when he visits auto collision and repair shops of all sizes in Texas: more workers are needed.

Pevia, an instructor in Texas State Technical College’s auto collision and management technology program in Waco, TX, is also a part-time instructor for I-CAR. Part of that role involves leading hands-on events for auto collision and repair workers.

 

“With every one of them, they find out I work at TSTC and they ask if we have students from their area,” he said.

 

Pevia said there is a need for workers particularly on the collision side of auto repair.

 

“There needs to be more exposure about the technology,” he said. “A lot of kids don’t think about it.”

 

Texas had about 11,400 automotive body and related repairers making an annual mean wage of $50,940 as of May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston metropolitan areas have the largest concentration of workers in the state, according to the agency.

 

The projected employment nationwide of automotive body and related repairers by 2030 is more than 161,000, according to the labor statistics bureau.

 

Dylan Noon, of Burleson, TX, is working on two associate's degrees in auto collision and management technology, one each specializing in refinishing and repair.

 

One of his favorite lessons involved sheet metal fabrication, during which he learned how to make a quarter panel out of a flat piece of metal. 

 

“It helps with the industry,” he said. “They need more technicians in collision and refinishing. We need more people to fix them (vehicles).”

 

Noon has been around cars, primarily hot rods, since he was 14. After graduation, he wants to...


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