Collision Repair Technology Curriculum Guide and Course Descriptions

This curriculum helps the student understand how the automobile is built and what tools and equipment are needed to repair it.   The program provides experience working on wrecked or damaged vehicles, providing situations found in a typical collision repair shop for hands-on experience.  The student learns various techniques used to restore a damaged vehicle to its pre-accident condition.  This training provides the competence needed to become a technician in the field.

Recommended Courses

    Credit Hours
ACRT-105 Collision Repair Safety 1
ACRT-110 Paint and Refinishing I 3
ACRT-120 Non-Structural A & D Repair I 4
ACRT-125 Structural A & D Repair I 2
ACRT-107 Shop Math and Communications I 2
ACRT-145 Mechanical and Electrical 3
ACRT-130 Paint and Refinishing II 3
ACRT-135 Non-Structural A & D Repair II 4
ACRT-140 Structural A & D Repair II 2
ACRT-217 Shop Math and Communications II 2
ACRT-150 Paint and Refinishing III 3
ACRT-155 Non-Structural A & D Repair III 4
ACRT-160 Structural A & D Repair III 3
ACRT-170 Paint and Refinishing IV 4
ACRT-180 Non-Structural A & D Repair IV 5
ACRT-190 Structural A & D Repair IV 3
ACRT-207 On-the-Job Training (OJT or OJT Equivalent) 3

 

Students completing a technical program may desire to seek the Associate in Applied Sciences Degree.  In addition to completing a technical program, this degree also requires the completion of 18 hours in general education.  Certain courses within this degree may or may not transfer to baccalaureate degree granting institutions. The student must complete 64 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above.

Course Descriptions

ACRT-105. Collision Repair Safety. 1 Hour (15 Contact Hours). This course covers the rules regarding safety in the use of hand and power tools.

ACRT-107. Shop Math and Communications I. 2 Hours (45 Contact Hours). This course teaches the skills
necessary to measure and mix paint, and to estimate basic shop materials costs.

ACRT-110. Paint & Refinishing I. 3 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: identify safety and personal health hazards according
to OSHA guidelines and the 'Right to Know" law; determine the different types of substrates and sanding
materials relevant to autobody surface preparation; identify the process to clean and prepare a substrate for paint; distinguish between the properties, uses and manufacturer specifications of metal treatments and primers; distinguish among the various types of spray guns and equipment; explore various paint codes and
specifications for use; Identify the various paint systems; explore the types of paint defects; distinguish between damage and non-damage related corrosion; and identify final detail procedures.

ACRT-120. Non-Structural A & D Repair I. 4 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: explore the components of safety pertaining to auto collision and repair; explore the parts and construction of vehicles; explore opportunities in the auto collision industry; identify metal straightening techniques; identify the application and use of body fillers; demonstrate proper use, set-up and storage of welding equipment; distinguish between weldable and non-weldable materials; demonstrate fundamental industry standard recommended welds; identify plastics and adhesives used in automotive industry; explain the general purpose of damage, estimation and repair orders; explore the processes required for outer body panel repairs, replacements and adjustments; and demonstrate
fundamental cutting procedures.

ACRT-125. Structural A & D Repair I. 2 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or lab/shop learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: identify measuring procedures; analyze the basic structural damage conditions; identify the safety requirements pertaining to structural damage repair; analyze frame repair methods; analyze unibody inspection and measurement and identify procedures of
welding for structural repair.

ACRT-130. Paint & Refinishing II. 3 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: select proper personal protective equipment; perform
proper shop operations according to OSHA Guidelines; remove paint coatings; apply corrosion resistant
coatings; demonstrate proper spray gun operation and cleaning procedures; select proper painting and substrate materials for projects; analyze paint defects, causes and cures; repair paint defects; measure paint mil thickness; and determine final detail procedures for given projects.

ACRT-135. Non-Structural A & D Repair II. 4 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or lab/shop learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: identify trim and hardware to be protected; examine what to consider when working with movable glass; perform outer body panel repairs; Perform outer body replacements and adjustments; Perform metal straightening techniques; Perform body filling techniques; Perform metal finishing techniques; Use welding procedures in non-structural damage repair; Distinguish between mechanical and electrical components; apply safety standards for the collision repair industry; use cutting procedures in non-structural damage repair; and determine procedures necessary for working with plastics and adhesives.

ACRT-140. Structural A & D Repair II. 2 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: apply safety requirements pertaining to structural damage repair; analyze frame inspection and repair procedures; determine direct and indirect damage for structural repair; analyze unibody inspection, measurement, and repair procedures; perform welding techniques for structural repair; and identify cutting procedures for structural repair.

ACRT-145. Mechanical & Electrical. 3 Hours. Through classroom and/or lab/shop learning and assessment activities, in this course students will: determine how to diagnose steering and suspension; diagnose electrical concerns; complete headlamp and fog/driving lamp assemblies and repairs; demonstrate self-grounding procedures for handling electronic components; determine diagnosis, inspection and service
needs for brake system hydraulic components; examine components of heating and air conditioning systems; determine the inspection, service and repair needs for collision damaged cooling system  components; distinguish between the under car components and systems; and determine the diagnosis, inspection and service requirements of active and passive restraint systems.

ACRT-150. Paint & Refinishing III. 3 Hours. Through a variety of learning and/or shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: identify safety and personal health hazards according
to OSHA guidelines and the 'Right to Know" law; determine the different types of substrates and sanding
materials relevant to autobody surface preparation; identify the process to clean and prepare a substrate
for paint; distinguish between the properties, uses and manufacturer specifications of metal treatments and
primers; distinguish among the various types of spray guns and equipment; explore various paint codes and
specifications for use; identify the various paint systems; explore the types of paint defects; distinguish between damage and non-damage related corrosion; and identify final detail procedures.

ACRT-155. Non-Structural A & D Repair III. 4 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or lab/shop learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: remove and install trim and hardware; determine process and procedures necessary for movable glass repair; repair outer body panel; replace and adjust
outer body panels; remove and install mechanical and electrical components; demonstrate safety protocol
appropriate for the auto repair setting; perform intermediate welding skills on non-structural damage repairs; and perform plastic and adhesive repairs.

ACRT-160. Structural A & D Repair III. 3 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or shop learning and
assessment activities, students in this course will: apply safety requirements pertaining to structural damage repair; perform welding and cutting techniques for structural repair; diagnose unibody direct and indirect damage; apply unibody inspection and measurement procedures; apply unibody repair procedures; apply frame inspection and measurement procedures; apply frame repair procedures; and remove fixed glass.

ACRT-170. Paint & Refinishing IV. 4 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and/or shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: apply exemplary safety procedures in all areas of auto
body painting and refinishing; perform proper cleaning procedures for a refinish; prepare adjacent panels for
blending; prepare plastic panels for refinishing; protect all non-finished areas of vehicle; operate high and low
volume/pressure spray gun operations for painting and refinishing; perform all paint system applications on
an automobile; apply appropriate paint color matching and mixing procedures; tint color using formula to achieve a blendable match; explore the causes, effects and correction of buffing-related imperfections;  explore the causes, effects and correction of pigment flotation; measure mil thickness; apply decals, transfers, tapes, woodgrains, pinstripes to an automobile; apply buffing and polishing techniques to remove defects; apply cleaning techniques to automobile interior, exterior, glass and body openings; and remove overspray.

ACRT-180. Non-Structural A & D Repair IV. 5 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and shop/lab learning and assessment activities, students in this course will: remove trim and hardware; install trim and hardware; repair movable glass; protect adjacent body panels; repair outer body panel; replace outer body panels; adjust outer body panels; replace mechanical and electrical components; demonstrate safety protocol
appropriate for the auto repair setting, perform welding skills on non-structural damage repairs; and perform
plastic and adhesive repairs.

ACRT-190. Structural A & D Repair IV. 3 Hours. Through a variety of classroom and lab/shop learning
and assessment activities, students in this course will: apply safety requirements pertaining to structural
damage repair; perform advanced welding and cutting techniques for structural repair; perform inspection and measurement of unibody for structural repair; repair unibody direct and indirect damage; perform frame
inspection and measurement procedures; repair frame to industry standards; and remove and install fixed glass.

ACRT-207. On-the-Job Training (OJT or OJT Equivalent). 3 Hours. Students demonstrating excellent attendance, attitude and mastery of core curriculum competencies may be considered for on-the-job training experience. Through the cooperation of local businesses, students are given the opportunity to apply the skills required for their future career. Class attendance is also required.

ACRT-217. Shop Math and Communications II. 2 Hours. This course introduces the student to the math involved in estimating damage and use of collision repair manuals, as well as that math used for collision
repair shop operations.

CONT-100. Automotive Collision Repair Applications. Up to 4 Hours. This course is designed to provide practical hands-on applications of the Auto Collision Repair industry, this course provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge and develop skills in the field. This is a short course focused on current automotive collision repair techniques and application.