Students will have the opportunity to develop entry level job skills in the Automotive Collision Repair industry. This is a two-year program open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. Automotive Collision Repair includes classroom and laboratory experiences concerned with all phases of the repair of damaged vehicle bodies and frames, including metal straightening; smoothing areas by filing, grinding, or sanding; painting; and replacement of body components including trim. Instruction also includes minor frame diagnosis, color-mixing, and computerized estimating of repair costs. Additional academic skills taught in this course include precision measurement and mathematical calibrations as well as scientific principles related to adhesive compounds, color-mixing, abrasive materials, metallurgy, and composite materials. Fiberglass and plastic repairs are incorporated as well.
Students receive an overview of job possibilities as well as learn various types of automobile construction. Names, uses and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment are covered. Focuses on general collision repair, refinishing, and shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues. Students also learn the proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials. Students experience basic MIG Welding and Oxy Fuel cutting. Students learn surface preparation, spray gun operation and related equipment, paint mixing, matching and applying, solving paint application problems, finish defects, causes and cure and safety precautions. Advanced students perform measuring, panel replacement and advance refinishing.
(NATEF) The program is certified by NATEF (National Automotive Training Education Foundation) which administers the ASE Student certification process.
Collision Technician, Shop Owner/Shop Manager, Factory-related Worker, Automotive Repair Service Estimator, Body Customizer, Custom/Restoration, Automotive Painter, Detailer
$40,970 Average Median Annual Salary
$19.70 Average Median Hourly Salary
(Skills USA) Students participate in community service projects, and various skill competitions through Skills USA. Through these activities students develop leadership and organizational skills, team building, interpersonal communications, and enhanced technical skills.