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Program Requirements

Auto Collision Repair & Refinish Technician

Technical Diploma  |  31-405-1

Start Dates: August

Effective: August 2024

First Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

404-337Automotive Electricity 12Program studentA course of study designed to provide the student with the skills needed to understand electrical fundamentals, including electrical/electronic terminology, electrical components, circuits, measurements, and Ohm's Law relationships. Classroom instruction and hands-on training are provided on how to use electrical wiring diagrams, component locators, and basic testing using industry standard tools to identify and isolate 'open', 'short' and 'high resistance' faults in automotive electrical system circuits. Automotive electrical circuits are studied with related lab work involving locating/replacing circuit components, wire & terminal repair using industry-approved techniques; battery diagnosis, testing & replacement; and electrical cooling fan diagnosis.

405-301Introduction to Auto Collision1Program studentThis course is designed to prepare students for entry into the Auto Collision Program. Emphasis will be placed on lab safety. Program orientation, and customer vehicle processes.

405-355Auto Body Basics51st 8 Weeks | Program student; 405-301 and 405-382 and 442-315 or concurrentThis course will give students the opportunity to acquire skills in basic metal finishing techniques, body panel repair techniques, plastic filler application, and surface preparation.

405-356Nonstructural Repair52nd 8 Weeks | Program student; 405-355 or concurrentStudents will develop skills in repair of minor and major dent repair, nonstructural.

405-382Paint Technology2Program studentAutomotive refinishing basics includes history of automotive refinishes, paint shop equipment, safety, undercoats, solvents, top coats, problems and solutions. Color matching and blending includes color theory, appearance factors, types of finishes, preparation for painting, equipment and painting area, color testing, color blending and detailing using introductory I-CAR course materials.

442-315Welding for Auto Collision2Program or pre-program studentThe purpose of this course is to help the students acquire basic welding skills on light gauge metals and other materials used in the automobile industry by using oxyacetylene welding, Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW), Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC), and oxy-Fuel Cutting (OFC). It is a hands-on self-paced learning environment to learn basic welding skills and safe welding practices. May get into course with instructor approval if you are not a program or pre-program student.


Second Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

405-357Refinishing51st 8 Weeks | 405-356Students will complete paint jobs, spot repair, color blending, sanding techniques and taping.

405-358Structural Repair52nd 8 Weeks | 405-357 or concurrentStudents will determine types and levels of damage to Unibody and frame vehicles. Skill in measuring needed repairs will be developed.

405-370Auto Collision Internship1Program studentThis course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to experience skills and knowledge obtained in their program course work. A training plan is created for each student in conjunction with the training site and the CVTC Auto Collision program. This course is designed to help the student, instructor, and site supervisor to focus on major outcomes of the training and general readiness for employment in their chosen field. This course work will be completed during the winter term between the first and second semesters of the Auto Collision program.

405-375Estimating & Structural Repair2Instructor Approval | Program student; 405-356 and 405-382Terms, abbreviations, and vehicle identification necessary for estimating collision damage will be learned. Emphasis will be placed on following estimating procedures along with development of damage estimate writing skills. Students will acquire the knowledge necessary to conduct an inspection and perform damage analysis, both structural and non-structural.

801-357Applied Written/Job Seek Comm1This course emphasizes the importance of effective workplace writing and the practical components of job-seeking skills. Students will acquire practical, business-related skills through reading, writing, revising, and grammar exercises. Additionally, they will polish a resume, practice their interview skills, explore a company's background, assess and refine their personal career goals, and establish a purpose for writing in their career field.

804-360Math for Technical Trades2Math for Technical Trades is an applied technical math course. The course includes arithmetic, measurement calculation, formula manipulation, basic geometry, right triangle trigonometry, and interpretation of visual displays of data, with an emphasis on contextualized technical applications.


Third Semester

Course #Course TitleCreditsPrerequisites/Comments

405-352Advanced Collision Repair5Program student; 405-358 or concurrentStudents will learn the techniques associated with mechanical repair or replacement of mechanical components related to collision. Restoration/customizing are not available as a part of this course.

405-381Auto Collision Mechanical2Offered summer only | Program studentThis is an eight-week theory and lab course offered only in the summer. Designed to promote skills in repairing mechanical damage caused by collision. Diagnosis and repair or replacement of steering and suspension parts, brakes, and drive axles. Practical hands-on work to learn removal and replacement of mechanical parts, cooling system, and air conditioning components. Basic wheel alignment, auto body air conditioning, and auto body electrical will be studied.


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Minimum Program Credits Required: 40

2.0 Minimum Program Cumulative GPA Required for Graduation
If a student does not enroll in any courses at CVTC for two or more consecutive semesters, the student will be required to reapply with Admissions. Students must abide by any changes in admission requirements and degree requirements.

Updated: 5/26/2023 12:54 p.m.  |  Printed: 5/29/2024 3:37 a.m.

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