The Next Generation of Collision Engineers

by Paul Yager, AASP-MN Associate Division Director

From autonomous driving to electric engines to heads-up displays, today’s vehicles are intricate machines with advanced technology integrated into every aspect, making them marvels of engineering.

These advances have dramatically changed the skill sets required to build vehicles – and to put them back together. As a result, there is unprecedented demand for people with the right skills to join the dynamic collision repair industry.

The Collision Engineering Program was launched to help fill the more than 110,000 collision technician job openings expected through 2027. Founded by the Enterprise Mobility Foundation and Ranken Technical College in St. Louis, the program is designed in collaboration with the automotive industry and educational institutions to facilitate lifelong learning for the future leaders of collision repair. Through a defined two-year apprenticeship model, students receive real-world experience by working alongside industry experts while also earning their associate degree. This unique model provides students the opportunity to earn an income while completing their training.

The Collision Engineering Program’s unique two-year apprenticeship model not only increases the number of qualified technicians to address the ongoing industry technician shortage and skills gap, but also offers advanced education and ever-expanding career opportunities for participating students.

“As a leading provider of mobility solutions, Enterprise Mobility recognizes the need to fill tens of thousands of jobs at collision repair businesses due to the ongoing technician shortage and skills gap,” said Enterprise Mobility Vice President Mary Mahoney. “As the program expands, we continue to work closely with industry partners to ensure our training meets the latest trends and advancements of today’s vehicles, enhances students’ education and career prospects, and opens doors for them faster.”   

For more information regarding the program, visit

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