Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology
Instructor: Mr. Michael Rodriguez
Transportation, Distribution & Logistics
This course is a two-year program where students learn various tasks and skills required for employment in the Auto Collision Industry.
In the 11th grade, students learn damage analysis and repair using various tools such as hammers, dollies, and stud welders. Students learn to properly identify damage and select the repair method best suited for the task at hand. Estimating is covered in detail and students learn the necessary critical information for properly writing an estimate. Students learn manual and electronic estimating using software such as Audatex and CCC One. Students also learn the basics of MIG Welding through the use of virtual technology, and applying it to physical exercises. Students learn to perform welds necessary to meet the requirements of the I-CAR WQST certification test. Students learn various plastic and adhesive repair techniques, which include cosmetic, two-sided repairs and tab repairs. Students take the Student ASE Non-Structural Damage Analysis and Repair certification test upon completion of the course.
The senior year introduces students to the refinishing process. Various equipment used in refinishing is covered, such as paint guns, safety items, and spray booths. Students learn the various chemicals that are utilized in a refinishing task; these include various primers, corrosion protection, reducers and base coats. Water-based and solvent-based paint products are discussed and the importance of such products. Students learn to mask a vehicle in preparation for refinishing utilizing various masking techniques and products. Students build upon prior knowledge to repair, prime and paint a vehicle. Customer service skills are enforced as students prepare for interaction with various types of customers. Part of the course is focused on career and finance management, where students learn resume writing, interview skills and qualities that employers look for in new employees.
i-Car (Industry Standard Certification)
SP2 (Safety Certification)