Auto Body Collision Technology

A challenging career using both technical and artistic skills.


Auto Body Sheet Metal Repair & Replacement - Certificate

1) 1000 level (minimum) General Education courses required unless specified

Auto Body Sheet Metal Repair and Replacement - 29 credit Certificate
Gainful Employment Information

2 crs
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
4 cr
Introduction to Transportation Careers
Intro to Transportation Careers covers departmental procedures and practices as well expectations of the students in the programs. Safety, environmental concerns, and simulated Right to Know training are a significant part of the course. Basic tools, tool usage, basic power tools, and care of them are included. Threaded fasteners, drive types, torquing, thread compounds, cutting methods, gluing, and adhesives are covered from a generic point and not vehicle specific. (Prerequisites: none) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
Auto Body Welding 1
Auto Body Welding 1 focuses on welding of thin gauge sheet metal utilized for the outer body panels of vehicles. Welding will be performed in the flat, vertical, and overhead the purpose of heating and cutting operations. (Prerequisite or concurrent: ABCT1115) (2 credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
Auto Body Disassembly/Reassembly
Vehicle repairs require correct disassembly, damage assessment, and reassembly procedures to complement structural, body, and refinishing procedures. The need to document conditions prior to repair as well as at the completion of repairs is required as part of vehicle work files. Vehicles that have repairs performed need to be cleaned and detailed prior to delivery to the owner at the completion of repairs and the skills and techniques to do this are included in the course. (Prerequisite or concurrent: ABCT1115) (2 credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
Refinishing 1
Introductions to refinishing products, equipment, terminology, safety, corrosion protection, and product application are part of this course. The main focus will be the stages of refinishing that deal with repaired areas, bare metal, and the back side of these areas or panels. Primer surfacer work will focus on getting repaired areas leveled and free of imperfections through block sanding techniques. This course will prepare panels and build knowledge needed for Refinishing 2 which is top coat applications. This course is highly suggested prior to taking refinishing 2 but is not required. (Prerequisite or concurrent: ABCT1115) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Sheet Metal Repair and Replacement
Outer body panel repairs and replacement procedures will be included in this course. Straightening techniques will focus on contour correction for use of body filler materials which are also part of the course. Paintless dent removal will be covered in theory and participants will be able to attempt to use the techniques. Body fillers will be completed so as to be prepared for application of primer surfacers. Body panel replacement procedures will be introduced and practice opportunities provided for adjustable sheet metal including doors, hoods, deck lids, hatches, slider doors and fenders. Welded on body panels including roof skins, quarter panels, and door skins will also be included. (Prerequisite or concurrent: ABCT1115, ABCT1125) (5 credits: 1 lecture/4 lab)

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5 cr
Plastics and Composites Repair
The plastics and composites repair course provides opportunity to learn the identification of plastic and composite types and locations used on late model vehicles. Once identified repair methods available for each are presented with hands-on assignments using a variety of methods and materials available in the collision repair industry. Repairs are completed to the point of refinishing readiness. This course utilizes many resources located at various web based sights so that knowledge of future plastics and repair methods can be learned after completion of the course. (Prerequisite or concurrent: ABCT1115) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
Production Lab 1
This lab allows student to work with skills learned in earlier courses dealing with body repairs on customer vehicle projects. Skill development and refinement is focused on with the idea of moving toward decision making on repair methods and quality control of one's own body repairs. This includes disassembly/reassembly, metal straightening and finishing, body panel adjustments, and detailing of vehicles for customer delivery. Students will utilize references and Standard Operating Procedures (S.O.P.'s) to make decisions and confirm with instructor(s) so as to gain confidence with processes. (Prerequisite: ABCT1115 and 10 additional ABCT credits) (4 credits: 0 lecture/4 Lab)

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4 cr
Auto Body Welding 2
The second welding course in the auto body program delivers information and hands-on practice of advanced welding methods for collision repairs. The MIG welding procedures will focus on structural parts and full frame welding procedures. Resistance spot welding techniques for late model collision repair are covered as well as silicon bronze welding using wire feed welders. Plasma arc cutting and induction heating procedures are included in the course. (Prerequisites: ABCT1115, ABCT1125, ABCT1165 (Prerequisite or concurrent: ABCT1345) (2 credits: 0 lecture/2 lab)

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2 cr
Structural Repair
This structural course focuses on preparing vehicles for structural straightening and parts replacement. Vehicle anchoring systems are used to hold the vehicle for pulling procedures and are set-up following specifications and measuring system data. Measuring is a major emphasis in structural repairs and developing of repair plans as well as documentation of the repair process. With pulling and parts replacement completed corrosion protection and restoration is applied. Wheel alignment is a final step in the structural repair process to ensure drivability. Structural glass replacement concerns are addressed during the course as well. (Prerequisites or concurrent: ABCT1115, ABCT1125, ABCT1145, ABCT1165, ABCT1325) (3 credits: 0 lecture/3 lab)

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3 cr
27 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 29

Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$5,788
Minimum Tool Cost:$2,050
Estimated Total:$8,288


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