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Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician

32-405-1 Technical Diploma (TD) 57 Credits Financial Aid Eligible Location*: Appleton

*Some general education courses may be available at multiple locations.

With this program, you’ll be ready for employment in a body shop, auto dealer shop, paint company or insurance company, among others. You’ll learn how to repair dents in vehicle bodies and will also repair plastic parts on vehicles. Your training includes the replacement of bolted-on parts such as doors, fenders and trunk lids. You’ll also learn about the structural repair of conventional frames and weld-on panels such as quarter panels and roofs. This program also covers vehicle paint preparation and paint techniques for spot repair and complete vehicle refinishing.

COURSE LIST

Occupational Specific (48 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Industry Trends Vehicle Repair
10-405-119
1
Familiarizes students with the auto collision repair industry. Students complete written and oral reports based on information obtained from trade publications, manuals and technical newsletters.
Prerequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180) OR Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Mech - HVAC
10-405-120
2
Provides the learner with the knowledge to locate, identify, inspect, test, and repair or replace both heating and cooling system components. Students also diagnose both heating and cooling systems for leaks, belt and pulley alignment, and safely identify, label, store, evacuate, recharge, replace, and recycle coolants and refrigerants in accordance with EPA regulations.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision-Drive Systems
10-405-122
2
Provides the learner with the knowledge to locate, identify, inspect, diagnose, and repair or replace collision damaged brake system, drive train, fuel, and emission system components.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Electric Sys-SRS
10-405-128
1
Explains that today's vehicles use multiple safety features to provide occupant protection during a collision. This course introduces learners to restraint and supplemental restraint systems operation, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Welding 1
10-405-144
2
Provides instruction in welding safety; introduction to the GMAW (MIG) welding process and equipment; and skills training in GMAW (MIG) welding on light gauge automotive steels in the flat, vertical and overhead positions. Students apply safe welding standards to a variety of industry applications on metals in a lab setting.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181) OR Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Welding 2
10-405-146
2
Provides instruction and skills training in oxy acetylene and plasma arc cutting, GMAW (MIG) welding on structural grade automotive steels in the flat, vertical and overhead positions. Students apply safe welding standards to a variety of industrial applications on metals in a lab setting. Squeeze type resistance spot welding (STRSW), welding aluminum and silicone bronze is also introduced to students in this course.
Prerequisite: Collision Repair Welding 1 (10-405-144)
Intro to Collision Repair
10-405-180
2
Focuses on developing the skills in professionalism, safety, and the use of basic hand and power tools and equipment in accordance with industry-accepted standards. Students are introduced to collision repair industry terms and definitions, as well as identifying and using collision repair information and procedures.
Intro to Automotive Refinishing
10-405-181
2
Provides the learner with safety considerations and environmental regulations and how they apply to surface coating application. Emphasis is on personal protection, types of equipment operation and maintenance, and spray gun set-up and transfer efficiencies. Learners are also introduced to buffing and polishing in this course.
Collision Repair Non Struct 1
10-405-182
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and process of removal, replacement and storage of interior and exterior trim, disarming/arming restraint systems and adjustment to moveable glass, lamps bumpers and moveable tops.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Non Struct 2
10-405-183
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills required to identify different types of vehicle construction, develop a repair plan, align bolted and moveable exterior panels while utilizing appropriate tools.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Non Struct 3
10-405-184
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of sheet metal characteristics, repair sequences, and the processes for straightening while maintaining corrosion.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Non Struct 4
10-405-185
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to utilize a damage report for the removal and application of sealers, undercoats, corrosion protection and various types of foams. Additionally, students will determine repair/replace choices, perform panel bonding and welding, and perform aluminum panel repair procedures.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Plastics and Composites
10-405-186
1
Explains that the use of plastics is commonplace on vehicle construction. Plastics are commonly damaged during a collision, and repairs to the plastic may be required. This course provides the learner with the knowledge, processes, and skills required to identify the type of plastic, the possible repair options, the repair techniques, and the refinishing options and techniques for various types of plastics.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Refinishing Surface Preparation
10-405-187
2
Teaches students to prepare surfaces to be refinished by utilizing cleaning, sanding, and masking techniques, while protecting non-refinish areas of the vehicle from overspray and component damage. Learners also develop existing finish defect and substrate assessment along with primer product choices.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Refinish and Topcoat Application
10-405-188
3
Covers locating and mixing automotive color formulas and procedures for applying automotive finishes, including spray gun operation and technique. Blending is also introduced in this course.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Refinishing, Tinting, & Blending
10-405-189
2
Covers procedures for applying automotive finishes, including advanced spray gun setup considerations and techniques and blending additives. Also included is an in-depth study and application of color movement, along with color assessment tools.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Refinishing-Advanced
10-405-190
3
Covers the application and blending of automotive multi-stage finishes, the use of waterborne refinishing materials, and improving efficiency during the refinishing process. Refinishing defect identification, diagnosis and repair is also covered, with emphasis on learning how to avoid defects while refinishing. Preparing a vehicle for customer pickup, including proper vehicle detailing, interior cleaning, engine compartment cleaning, exterior cleaning, polishing, and application of decals, stripes, and graphics, is also covered.
Corequisite: Intro to Auto Refinishing (10-405-181)
Collision Repair Structural 1
10-405-191
3
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to perform inspections of automotive structural components and determine the extent of damage.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Structural 2
10-405-192
3
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to utilize anchoring and pulling equipment for straightening, realigning, replacing and sectioning unibody structural components, sections and other vehicle outer panels. Additionally, students will utilize power and hand tools for cutting, welding, stress relieving and replacing corrosion protection.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Structural 3
10-405-193
2
Provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge to utilize anchoring and pulling equipment for straightening, realigning, replacing and sectioning frame structural components. Additionally, students will utilize power and hand tools for cutting, welding, stress relieving, replacing fixed glass and corrosion protection.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Estimating
10-405-194
1
Provides the opportunity for the learner to develop skills in auto body construction, model identification, damage analysis, parts sources, handwritten damage reports and computerized damage reports and shop management.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Collision Repair Customer Relations
10-405-195
1
Focuses on developing skills in professionalism, customer relations and service, and provides an overview of what collision repair businesses and insurance companies will expect from their employees in regards to customer retention. Students are introduced to phone answering skills, interpersonal communication skills, and preparing and presenting damage reports to the customer. Topics also covered include parts ordering and vehicle scheduling, dealing with customer complaints and problem-solving.
Corequisite: Intro to Collision Repair (10-405-180)
Steering & Suspension Systems
10-602-124
3
Focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment procedures.
Prereq: Bennett Mech Assess score >=27% or 10806175 Science Princ or active in Auto Collision; ACCPL Read >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Prg Prep; Coreq: Auto Service Fund 10602107 or Intro to Auto Refinishing 10405181 or Intro to Collision Repair 10405180
Electrical & Electronic Systems 1
10-602-125
2
Focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems. Learners apply Ohm's Law to basic electrical circuit diagnosis.
Prereq: Bennett Mech Assess score >=27% or 10806175 Science Princ or active in Auto Collision; ACCPL Read >= 47 OR ACT Read >= 15 OR Prg Prep; Coreq: Auto Service Fund 10602107 or Intro to Auto Refinishing 10405181 or Intro to Collision Repair 10405180

Occupational Supportive (9 Credits)

Course Title
Course Number
Credits
Microcomputer Applications
10-107-150
2
Designed for students with little or no hands-on computer experience. Presents the basic functions of the Windows operating system and how to use the word processing, spreadsheet and presentation functions of Microsoft Office software. Students will integrate various functions of several Microsoft packages.
Employability Strategies
10-890-103
1
Designed to ease the student's transition from school to the world of work. The strategies of getting a job and the interpersonal skills needed in keeping it are emphasized. Topics include the job search, employment correspondence, application for employment and job interviewing. These topics are enhanced by mock interviews, individualized job search planning and employment advising, and presentations from human resource personnel.
Communication, Applied
31-801-318
2
Focuses on technical vocabulary, business writing, job search strategies, interpersonal communication and oral presentation skills through individual and group activities. It is recommended that the student have basic computer skills, an ACCUPLACER Reading score of 54 or greater and an ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 83 or greater or completion of equivalent Program Prep courses. Personal/professional development students who have not taken the ACCUPLACER test need to consult with their instructor during the first class.
Math for the Trades
31-804-307
2
Focuses on the math skills needed for various trades. Topics include arithmetic fundamentals, percent and proportion applications, the metric system, conversions, practical geometry, measurement applications, signed numbers and formula evaluation. Micrometer, equation solving and standard rule measurement units are included as needed. Scientific calculator use is introduced as needed.
Human Relations
31-809-300
2
Explores practical applications of issues in psychology and human behavior that affect a person's daily life. The objective is to enhance the student's quality of life by developing an awareness of the connection between his/her personal life and work life. This course is intended for technical diploma students.

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