Course of Study (Proposed):
Introduction to Auto Collision Repair (9th) S1 B4
Introduction to Auto Body Welding (9th) S2 B4
Introduction to Automotive Refinishing (10th) S1 B1
Introduction to Structural Analysis and Damage Repair (10th) S1 B2
Advanced Non-structural Analysis and Damage Repair (10th) S2 B1 or B2
Advanced Automotive Refinishing (11th) S1 B1 or B2
Advanced Structural Analysis and Damage Repair (11th) S2 B1
Introduction to Basic Automotive Mechanical Repair (11th) S2 B2
I.Custom Painting and Color Matching (12th) S1 B3
J. Custom Auto Body Modifications (12th) S1 B4
K. Advanced Welding and Plastic Repair (12th) S2 B3
L. Auto Collision Repair Business (12th) S2 B4
M. Auto Collision Repair School to Work (12th) S1/2 B3/4
The Auto Collision Repair program trains students for a challenging career in the auto collision repair industry. Students learn identification, construction removal, replacement, and repair of all automobile body parts, glass and upholstery. Classes challenge students and help prepare them for the competitive, expanding careers in the automotive industry. To accomplish this, the program must meet the stringent requirements set by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.). In the program students work toward acquiring “Student ASE Certifications”. The four certifications are offered by ASE, to high school students that are in the collision repair program. Students have the opportunity to take the tests twice a year, starting their Sophomore year. The four certification tests are painting and Refinishing, Non-structural Repair, Structural Repair, and Mechanical Repair.
III. Program Outcome:
The Auto Collision Repair Technology program prepares students for an entry-level position in the industry. In addition to acquiring the basic skills necessary, the student becomes knowledgeable in diagnosing and measuring damage.
Auto body technicians who continue to develop their skills earn decent salaries and have greater opportunities to seek careers in the following areas: automotive dealer, insurance adjuster, parts counterperson, repair shop owner, shop foreperson/service manager, custom spray painter, wrecking yard manager, antique car restorer, just to name a few. Students going on to college may pursue studies in automotive design and engineering, and often use their skills in auto body repair to help pay their college costs.
IV. Course Descriptions:
A. Introduction to Auto Collision Repair: (9th)
This course will explore the challenging world of Auto Collision Repair also called Auto Body Repair. It will give you the basic knowledge needed to fully grasp the more detailed information in later courses .In fact you will follow damaged cars through a typical repair process from being towed to the repair facility to estimating damage; to metal straightening, filling, sanding, masking, painting, and detailing; and to final delivery to the customer. Upon completion of this course all students will demonstrate comprehension of the school and shop safety procedures and regulations at 100% proficiency. The student will learn to analyze and repair non-structural damaged areas, using basic steps of preparation, replacement and adjustment of parts, metal finishing techniques, and removal of glass and hardware to straighten out body panels.
B. Introduction to Auto Body Welding: (9th)
With major collision repair work, many of the panels on a vehicle must be replaced and welded into place. As you will learn, this requires considerable skill and care. The structural integrity of the vehicle is dependant on how well you weld and install panels. This course will introduce different types of joining metals and plastics. Mechanical, Chemical, and of course Welding. Welding is an essential skill the student will have to master to become a 1st class technician. Specific equipment the student will be introduced to is M.I.G. welding, Oxy-Acetylene welding, Spot welding and how to setup and use these various types of welding equipment, and how to weld high strength steel using M.I.G. welding equipment.
C. Introduction to Automotive Refinishing: (10th)
This course identifies the steps needed to prepare refinishing equipment and the paint shop area so the student can paint vehicles. There are a number of shop and equipment variables that affect the refinishing operation. These variables include the painting environment, as well as the painting equipment and their adjustments. This course you will learn how to control these and other variables. The students will learn to prepare various surfaces for refinishing, also practice using various types of spray guns for refinishing different kinds of paints. He/she will be introduced to mixing, various types of undercoats used in the auto body trade. The student will also be introduced to paint application problems, paint defects, causes and cures as measured by written tests and hands-on applications as observed by the teacher.
D. Introduction to Structural Analysis and Damage Repair: (10th)
The term Vehicle construction refers to how a passenger car, truck, van or SUV is assembled at the factory. A typical car has over 15,000 parts that all work together to provide a safe, dependable means of transportation. As you will discover the modern automobile is one of the most "amazing engineering feats" ever devised by humans. This course will familiarize the student with the " Auto parts vocabulary" needed to become a successful Auto Body Repair Technician. The student will also be introduced to identifying structural damaged areas and using base frame inspections and repair procedures, uni-body inspection measurement and repair procedures, He/she will be introduced to repair manufacturer's original conditions, frames and underbody components.
E. Advanced Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair: (10th)
This course takes the student from a basic metalworking to the analysis and repair of major collision damage. Metalworking skills are probably the most important craft a collision repair technician can bring to a shop. It also is probably one of the most neglected skills. An untrained worker can spend more time shaping and sculpting an excessive layer of body filler than he or she would spend properly working the damaged metal. To eliminate this problem the student in this course will learn to analyze and repair non-structural damaged areas, using basic steps of preparation, replacement and adjustment of parts, metal finishing techniques, M.I.G. welding and removal of glass and hardware to straighten out body panels. With the introduction of so many composite materials to the modern automobile a unit of this course will also cover the repair and replacement of these materials.
F. Advanced Automotive Refinishing: (11th)
Today's expert refinisher takes special pride in producing a beautiful topcoat of paint that matches both the color and texture of the original or OEM finish. It is the professional painters job to satisfy the customer with a paint application that not only looks good but will also last in all kinds of weather. This course will also introduce students to today's high-solids, low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and high-efficiency spray guns. He/she will mix, match and apply various types of paints used in the auto body trade. The student will also solve paint application problems, paint defects, causes and cures as measured by written tests and hands-on applications as observed by the teacher.
G. Advanced Structural Analysis and Damage Repair: (11th)
The student will learn to analyze structural damaged areas and using base frame inspections and repair procedures, unibody inspection measurement and repair procedures, he/she will be able to repair manufacturer's original conditions, frames and under body components with a minimum of 70% proficiency.
H. Introduction to Basic Automotive Mechanical Repair: (11th)
Today's collision repair technicians often have to service mechanical chassis parts when doing major auto body repairs. Body technicians frequently complete minor mechanical repair tasks such as replacing a damaged water pump, a smashed radiator, or a broken engine mount. This course will introduce the student to the mechanical components of a vehicle. Components that will be covered in the course include: front and rear suspension systems, Brake Systems, Cooling systems, Basic electrical problems, Belts and hoses.
Custom Painting and Color Matching: (12th)
Students will learn the fundamental and advanced level techniques for refinishing both damaged and undamaged automobiles. These skills will include color theory, color matching, tinting, multi-stage finishes, let down panels and basic methods of custom paint work.
J. Custom Auto Body Modifications: (12th)
Students will learn the fundamental and advanced level techniques for repairing both damaged and undamaged automobiles. These skills will include custom sheet metal fabrication, advanced fiberglass and plastics repairs, introduction to body modifications and suspensions
K. Advanced Welding and Plastic Repair: (12th)
Students will have the opportunity to take this advanced course in welding and plastic repair. This course will teach students the fundamental and advanced level techniques for repairing today's high tech automobiles. Students will work with aluminum, sheet molded compounds, plastics, and high strength steels throughout this course.
L. Auto Collision Repair Business: (12th)
Students will learn the fundamentals to run an auto collision repair facility. These skills will include advanced damage estimating, dealing with customers, employer-employee relations, dealing with insurance companies, and more. This course will focus on the business end of the repair industry.
M. Auto Collision Repair School to Work (12th)
Students in good standing may be eligible to participate in a school to work experience in the Auto Collision Repair Technology field. Students must provide their own transportation to and from the job site. This experience is in lieu of their normally scheduled ACRT program and is coordinated through the School to Work Coordinator.