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Collision Repair Curriculum Guide and Course Descriptions

Recommended Auto Collision Repair Technology Courses

(Secondary and Post-secondary Programs)

Core Requirements Contact Hrs. Credit Hrs.
ACRT-105 Collision Repair Safety 15 1
ACRT-110 Paint & Refinishing I 70 3
ACRT-120 Non-Structural A & D Repair I 100 4
ACRT-125 Structural A & D Repair I 45 2
ACRT-107 Shop Math and Communications I 45 2
ACRT-145 Mechanical & Electrical 90 3
ACRT-130 Paint & Refinishing II 90 3
ACRT-135 Non-Structural A & D Repair II 120 4
ACRT-140 Structural A & D Repair II 45 2
ACRT-217 Shop Math & Communications II 45 2
ACRT-150 Paint & Refinishing III 90 3
ACRT-155 Non-Structural A & D Repair III 120 4
ACRT-160 Structural A & D Repair III 90 3
ACRT-170 Paint & Refinishing IV 120 4
ACRT-180 Non-Structural A & D Repair IV 125 5
ACRT-190 Structural A & D Repair IV 90 3
Total   1300 48
       
ACRT-207 On-the-Job Training (OJT or OJT Equivalent) 150 3
Total Contact/Credit Hours 1450 51

 

Associate in Applied Science Degree

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.  Complete degree requirements are available at this link.

Description of Courses

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 (70 Contact Hours).  This is an introductory level course for painting and refinishing.  Students will study the various types of refinishes and body finishes, use of equipment and accessories with the final goal of being able to complete a minor refinish project.

ACRT-120.  Non-Structural A & D Repair I.  4 Hours (100 Contact Hours).  The student learns the rules regarding general shop safety, major structural construction of an automobile, use of body shop hand tools, as well as safe use and maintenance of air and fluid equipment and accessories.

ACRT-125.  Structural A & D Repair I.  2 Hours (45 Contact Hours).  Instruction is provided in structural analysis and damage repair and the diagnosis of a damaged automobile involving the correction of a bent body or frame, and the twisting, deflection and replacement of welded panels that are severely damaged.

ACRT-130.  Paint & Refinishing II.  3 Hours (90 Contact Hours).  This course offers training in the adjustment and tinting of paint for color matching, advanced spraying techniques of color coat and clear coat paints, and instruction in paint scheme layouts for the customer who wants that personalized look.

ACRT-135.  Non-Structural A & D Repair II.  4 Hours (120 Contact 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; Perfom 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 (45 Contact Hours).  This course introduces the auto body shop technician to the processes involved in evaluating auto body damage and preparing accurate estimates.  Students will also experience daily opportunities for shop management including control of materials, parts, equipment and general housekeeping of the auto body shop.

ACRT-145.  Mechanical & Electrical.  3 Hours (90 Contact Hours).  This course provides instruction in determining and performing correct repair procedures for electrical and mechanical components of an automobile and performing mathematical calculations that are embedded in the occupation.

ACRT-150.  Paint & Refinishing III.  3 Hours (90 Contact 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 (120 Contact 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 (90 Contact 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 (120 Contact 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 (125 Contact 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 (90 Contact 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 (150 Contact 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 (45 Contact 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 (0-196 Contact 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.