Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician
57-credit Technical Diploma
Automotive collision repair and refinishing specialists work with both cosmetic and serious structural and engine damage. Their work is dynamic and challenging and provides great opportunities for a fast-paced, high-tech career. In this program, develop skills in metal finishing, plastic and composite repair, bolted and welded panel replacement, painting techniques, frame straightening, rust repair and unibody welding processes at WCTC's cutting-edge Collision Technology Center. This center has state-of-the-art frame and bench repair systems, universal and laser dimension and measuring equipment, high-tech down draft prep stations/spray booths and a centralized vacuum system.
- Prepare for jobs such as auto body technician, repair collision technician, paint specialist, or frame and unibody repair specialist.
- Internship experiences provide technical, hands-on learning in real-world settings.
- Earn an I-CAR industry certification (gold points) as a built-in part of the program.
- Become Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified.
- Meet National Automotive Technical Education Foundation (NATEF) standards.
- Review gainful employment information.
- Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
- Salary Range: $19,000-$27,000
- Average Salary: $22,447
- Median Salary: $21,823
- Average Entry-Level Salary: $18,500
- Average Hourly Wage: $10.80
- Three-year Average Salary: $28,707
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)
View course descriptions of all required courses
View course descriptions of all required courses
405-121 Auto Collision Fundamentals
This course will introduce the student to the auto collision industry. The student will examine available occupations, ASE Certifications, I-CAR Certification, pay rates, and job expectations. The student will be taught basic hand tool usage, safety requirements, and correct use of lifting equipment.
405-126 Collision Panel Repair & Prep
Gain an understanding of sheet metal panel straightening techniques. Learn how to apply polyester body fillers and perform correct sanding techniques. Learn the correct use of hand and air tools to straighten panels and prepare surfaces for refinishing. Get introduced to spray gun use through primer and sealer applications and the correct preparations for the application of topcoats.
405-135 Collision Repair Electronics
Obtain the skills required to apply the fundamentals of automotive electronics. This includes applications of the principles of Ohm?s law, circuit requirements, current flow, voltage symbols and reading vehicle schematics. Instruction will include computer modules and other electronic control devices, test meters and use of diagnostic scan tools relating to collision damaged vehicles. Personal safety will be stressed related to working with low- and high-voltage electrical devices.
442-160 Auto Collision Welding
Students will learn and apply safe and correct welding skills typically used in auto collision applications.
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair antilock brake, vehicle stability enhancement, and electronic steering and suspension systems.
Approved Substitutes: 602-170 ASEP Automotive Brakes
804-304 Industrial Math I
Explore the topics of applied arithmetic and algebra. Study concepts related to measurement, fractions, decimals, percents, ratio and proportion, signed numbers, formula substitution, solutions to equations, tapers and gears. Calculate the areas and volumes of common geometric shapes.
405-115 Collision Panel Replace/Align
Apply straightening and welding skills along with procedures for restoring corrosion protection. Learn the importance of fastener selection, panel replacement and alignment procedures including interior and exterior trim components.
405-116 Structural Analysis
Learn about different body and frame configurations. Techniques to use universal measuring data and measuring systems to correctly determine the extent of collision damage will be utilized.
405-123 Auto Collision Estimating
Learn how to correctly prepare an estimate for a collision-damaged vehicle. Identify all component parts on the vehicle so as to use the correct terminology when producing an estimate.
405-131 Plastics/Composite Repair
Develop techniques to identify the different types of plastics. Plastic welding and composite repair will also be covered.
602-324 Suspension and Alignment
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment procedures.
Approved Substitutes: 602-130 ASEP Align/Suspension/Steering
801-311 Communication in the Workplace
Expand level of awareness and skill in interpersonal communications, both oral and written, while focusing on securing and maintaining a job. Develop competencies in the area of listening, sending, and employability skills.
102-100 Contemporary Business
Develop a basic understanding of the principles and terminology used in the business world, and gain insight into the fields of marketing, business management, data processing, and accounting.
405-117 I-CAR Certification
After taking nine I-CAR foundational courses, and upon successful completion of the I-CAR assessments, get an opportunity to earn I-CAR Gold Points. A combination of instructor led, self-paced, and independent student study formats will be used. Learn how to prepare for ASE certification examinations.
405-130 Auto Finishing & Detailing
Build upon refinishing skills previously learned by demonstrating correct use of spray gun application techniques and appropriate use and selection of materials necessary to apply refinish products to industry standards. Additionally, identify and correct paint defects and learn procedures to detail vehicles to customer ready condition. Demonstrate these skills during refinishing, paint mixing and detailing operations while repairing damaged ?live-work? vehicles.
405-132 Advanced Structural Repair
Building upon previous skills, learn to replace welded steel panels, structural members such as rails, rockers and pillars, and use hydraulic equipment while applying corrective forces to unibody and full- frame vehicles with structural damage.
809-345 Basic Workplace Psychology
Develop the skills needed for building positive relationships with others by taking part in unique workplace scenarios and exploring psychological concepts.
405-118 Auto Collision Internship
Take part in a supervised employment period of planned, guided learning to obtain real-world, hands-on experience in the collision repair field. Competencies learned in the classroom/lab will be applied and reinforced at the workplace. NOTE: Since this internship is considered employment, potential employers may reserve the right to perform individual background checks and/or drug screens.
405-119 Collision Estimating-Advanced
Building on previously obtained skills, develop proficiency in the preparation of electronic estimates including the downloading of estimate files and digital photographs of damaged vehicles. Learn how the estimate generates parts lists, repair orders and technician-specialty repair assignments. Insurance industry processing of totaled vehicles and how it relates to the collision repair industry will be discussed.
405-127 Auto Color Adjustment
Build on previous refinishing skills by applying knowledge of color movement theory, correct color selection and mixing techniques along with spray gun selection and set-up to solve color miss-match
442-161 Adv Auto Collision Welding
This course will build on previous skills attained during the 442-160 Auto Collision Welding course. The majority of the class will be spent on MIG/spool-gun techniques, and aluminum welding to I-CAR standards while preparing for the I-CAR MIG welding certification test. In addition, students will gain further skills in the TIG welding process.
602-396 Automotive HVAC
This automotive course focuses on developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair climate control systems including heating, cooling and air distribution. Upon successful completion of the Mobile Refrigerant Handling Unit (ATCP-136), a state certificate will be issued.
Approved Substitutes: 602-150 ASEP Auto Temperature Control
Block Schedules for Spring 2015
Credit Transfer Opportunities
WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.
High School Transfer Opportunities
WCTC Credits Awarded
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Four Year College Transfer Opportunities
There are currently no college credit agreements for Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Tech. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
UW-System Credit Transfer
If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.
Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.
Meet your Instructor
- Technical Diploma, Waukesha County Technical College
- Wayne State University
- General Motors Instructor Training