Automotive Collision Repair
The Automotive Collision Repair program emphasizes I-CAR Pro Level 1 Non-Structural Certification, which prepares qualified graduates for entry-level employment in the collision repair industry. The program provides students with skills necessary for employment as an automotive body/frame and refinishing technician. Students successfully completing the curriculum described below will meet all requirements for the Automotive Collision Repair Basic Skills Certificate.
I-CAR automotive body and frame skills consists of vehicle structural design, mig-welding body components, measuring systems, manufacturer specifications, vehicle control points, build tolerance, metallurgy, steering and suspension identification, basic automotive electrical service and repair, and basic estimating principles. Automotive refinishing skills consists of surface preparation, refinish materials, pneumatic tools usage, maintenance, and repair, HVLP paint gun spray pattern adjustments within industry standard down-draft paint booths, color and texture matching through manufacturer variance program, refinish and blend techniques, color tinting, polishing, compounding, spot, panel, and overall refinishing, graphic lay-out, pin-striping, and basic air brush techniques.
Students are required to participate in a capstone experience the final semester, which consists of a comprehensive lab project and comprehensive written exam.
The Automotive Collision Repair Basic Skills Certificate is a TSI waived Certificate of Proficiency.
Find out more information about careers in the automotive industry on NADA's website.