• Automotive Collision Technology

     

    COURSE DESCRIPTION

    Using new technologies such as laser beams, computers

    and hydraulics, students learn how to perform many activities

    from repairing small dents to rebuilding the bodies of wrecked

    or damaged vehicles. Students are taught the types of

    materials used in filler compounds, the colors and chemical

    make-up of paints used to refinish, welding and cutting

    procedures, design and installation of trim, cost estimation and

    preparation for finish work. There is extensive training in metal,

    fiberglass and plastics repair, metal straightening, auto

    refinishing, spray painting and glass installation. This program

    has received national certification by NATEF.
     

    SUCCESS PROFILE

    This field requires good manual dexterity, good general

    health, a reasonable amount of physical strength and the ability

    to work cooperatively and communicate with others.

    Mechanical aptitude, ability to accurately discriminate colors,

    patience to perform very detailed work, and the ability to

    perform repetitive work (i.e. grinding and sanding). Students

    should also have a solid background in basic computer

    keyboarding, basic math and principles of geometric figures.
     

    MAJOR UNITS OF INSTRUCTION

    ·         Introduction to Automotive Collision Technology

    ·         Metal Welding and Cutting

    ·         Panel Repair

    ·         Paint and Refinishing

    ·         Exterior and Interior Trim

    ·         Mechanical Services

    ·         Frame-Body and Unibody Construction and Repair

    ·         State Safety Inspection

    ·         Automotive Collision Project
     

    POTENTIAL CAREERS

    ·         “C” Class Technician

    ·         New Car Service Person

    ·         Reconditioner

    ·         Collision Technician

    ·         Refinisher/Painter

    ·         Frame Straightener

    ·         Windshield/Glass Installer

    ·         Parts Supplier

    ·         Insurance Adjuster/Collision Estimator

    ·         Sheet Metal Technician

    ·         Body Shop Proprietor

    ·         Body Designer
     

    EMPLOYMENT AREAS

    ·         Auto Body Repair Shops

    ·         Car Dealerships

    ·         Parts Industry

    ·         Private Industry (maintaining fleets of cars and trucks)

    ·         Insurance Companies
     

    CERTIFICATION AVAILABLE

    ·         Pennsylvania State Inspection

    ·         Automotive Service Excellence Certifications