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Automobile Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology

a CC student working in the auto refinishing lab

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

  • major dealerships
  • independent and specialty bodyshops
  • detailing shops
  • vehicle restoration
  • parts specialty shops

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

 

A student may exit this program after completing two semesters and receive an Automobile Collision Repair Technician or Automobile Refinishing Technician Certificate of Applied Science. For those wanting to attend four semesters, the college offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Applied Science in Automobile Collision Repair and Refinishing. Students planning to earn a certificate will replace required math credits with MATH 085 and English credits with ENGL 102.

 

PLAN OF STUDY

TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

 

Students in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. Tool Lists and alist of vendors, that have previously worked with our students, are available online or from the New Student Services office.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Collision and cosmetic repairs: minor sheet metal repair, welding of mild and high-strength steels, panel replacement, and measuring with laser and mechanical measuring systems
    • Removal and Replacement of sheet metal panels, glass, plastic body parts
    • Welding
    • Damage analysis and estimation
    • Electrical wiring for vehicles
  • Refinish (prep and painting): panel and overall refinishing using the latest techniques and equipment Safety
    • Tools and equipment used
    • Undercoats, types and applications, automotive plastic identification
    • Learn various causes and cures of surface defects
    • Paint blending and color matching
  • Develop and maintain occupationalrelationships
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers
  • Proficient in mathematicalskills necessary for technical field

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

 

Automotive Collision Repair Technician

 

CAREER CLOSEUP

Job Outlook and Pay Info

 

Median Wage (MT)*

$34,220


 Median Wage (US)*

$37,040


 Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010)

$21,052.33


Expected growth (MT)*

(projection through 2016)

9%


  Expected growth (US)*

(projection through 2018)

11%


 *Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau

  

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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL

  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills

 

PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION


Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.