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Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 324051

The high-tech vehicles on today's roadways call for highly-skilled vehicle repair and refinish technicians. The Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician technical diploma program prepares students to repair and refinish damaged bodies and parts of automobiles and light trucks. Emphasis is on technical training for repairing and replacing vehicle panels and automotive glass; analyzing and straightening frame and unibody damage; welding, diagnosing electronics; repairing plastics and composite materials; and refinishing. Typical careers include auto collision repair technician, auto collision refinishing technician, frame and alignment technician, unibody repair specialist, and trim and glass installer. This program is ASE Certified to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Standards.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from this technical diploma apply toward the following associate degree(s):
• Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology, 104051

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Employment Potential

A graduate of the program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Auto Collision Repair Technician: Repairs damaged bodies of cars and light trucks; removes damaged panels and welds in new ones; removes and replaces accessories, glass, electrical parts, and interior trim; repairs or replaces plastic or composite parts; and straightens dents in sheet metal panels to restore the vehicle to pre-accident condition.

Auto Collision Refinishing Technician: Completes the refinishing phase of all repairs on cars, trucks, and fleet vehicles; does all stages of priming, sanding and sealing prior to the paint application; determines the type and color of paint to do the refinishing; is familiar with mixing, tinting, and shading; as well as the application of color for matching; and buffs, polishes, stripes, and details vehicle to complete the repair job.

Structural Repair Technician: Repairs unitized and full-frame vehicles by analyzing, measuring, and pulling the structure to the proper dimensions and replaces structural parts that are not repairable using proper structural part replacement techniques to return the vehicle to factory specifications.

Collision Mechanical Technician: Removes, re-installs, repairs and replaces heating and cooling brake, fuel, drivetrain, and steering and suspension components relative to collision damage; diagnose and correct vehicle wheel alignment.

Trim and Glass Installer: Removes, replaces, or repairs all types of glass or glass-related problems on vehicles.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• High school background in mathematics, science, and technology education.
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65, Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 60. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
AUTO COLLISION REFINISHING FIRST SERIES
10-405-101
Intro to Auto Refinishing
2
10-405-101 INTRODUCTION TO AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING ...industry career opportunities and certifications, refinishing safety and environmental regulations, automotive paints, and paint application equipment. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-106
Plastics & Composites
1
10-405-106 PLASTICS AND COMPOSITES ...identifying types of plastic used on vehicles, making repair or replace decisions, repair techniques using plastic welding equipment and adhesives, and refinishing techniques and materials. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-107
Coll Refinish Surface Prep
2
10-405-107 COLLISION REFINISHING SURFACE PREPARATIONS ...planning the refinishing process including substrate identification, paint and rust removal, panel cleaning, selecting proper sandpaper, sanding techniques, vehicle protection, masking techniques, selecting and applying the correct undercoats, and corrosion protection products and usage. (Corequisite: 10-405-101 Introduction to Automotive Refinishing) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-108
Collision Refinish Topcoat App
3
10-405-108 COLLISION REFINISHING TOPCOAT APPLICATION ...locating and mixing automotive color formulas, applying sealers, single-stage, and basecoat/clearcoat finishes, optimizing transfer efficiency, and blending adjacent vehicle panels. (Corequisites: 10-405-101, Intro to Auto Refinishing; 10-405-107, Coll Refinish Surface Prep) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-804-107
College Mathematics
3
10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. . (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER CREDITS 13
AUTO COLLISION REFINISHING SECOND SERIES
10-405-109
Refinishing Tinting & Blending
2
10-405-109 REFINISHING TINTING AND BLENDING ...advanced spray gun setup considerations & techniques, using blending additives. Also included is an in-depth study of color theory, color movement, color evaluation, and color adjustment tools and techniques. (Prerequisites: 10-405-101, Intro to Auto Refinishing; 10-405-107, Coll Refinish Surface Prep; 10-405-108, Collision Refinish Topcoat App) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-405-110
Collision Refinishing-Advanced
3
10-405-110 COLLISION REFINISHING - ADVANCED ...application and blending of automotive multistage finishes, and use of waterborne refinishing materials. Refinishing defect identification, diagnosis, and repair is also covered with emphasis placed on learning how to avoid defects while refinishing. (Prerequisites: 10-405-101, Intro to Auto Refinishing; 10-405-107, Coll Refinish Surface Prep; 10-405-108, Coll Refinish Topcoat Appl; Corequisite: 10-405-109, Refinishing Tinting & Blending) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-405-147
Auto Refinish Prod Emissions
1
10-405-147 AUTO REFINISHING, PRODUCTIVITY & EMISSIONS ...confined damage repair techniques, improving cycle time during refinishing, EPA requirements for refinishing technicians, and reducing VOC emissions during the refinishing process. (Corequisites: 10-405-109 Coll Refinish Tint and Blend; 10-405-110 Coll Refinishing Advanced) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-405-148
Auto Refinish Custom
1
10-405-148 AUTO REFINISHING, CUSTOM FINISHES & GRAPHICS ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding of using airbrushes, mixing and applying specialty refinish coatings such as candies, flakes, and marbilizers, custom design techniques, and application of adhesive style striping and graphics. An introduction to applying painted pinstripes will also be included. (Corequisites: 10-405-109 Coll Refinish Tint and Blend; 10-405-110 Coll Refinishing Advanced; 10-405-147 Auto Refinish Prod Emissions) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-809-166
Intro to Ethics: Theory & App
3
10-809-166 INTRO TO ETHICS: THEORY & APP...basic understanding of theoretical foundations of ethical thought; analyze/compare relevant issues using diverse ethical perspectives; critically evaluate individual, social/professional standards of behavior--applying a systematic decision-making process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-197
Contemporary Amer Society
3
10-809-197 CONTEMPORARY AMER SOCIETY...the major social institutions within the American society: government, family, education, religion, and economic system. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
31-801-385
Communicating-Writing
1
31-801-385 COMMUNICATING-WRITING ...writing techniques, memos, letters, descriptions, instructions, and the job-seeking process. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER CREDITS 14
AUTO COLLISION REPAIR FIRST SERIES
10-405-100
Intro to Collision Repair
2
10-405-100 INTRODUCTION TO COLLISION REPAIR ...industry professionalism, career opportunities and certifications, personal and shop safety, collision repair industry terms and definitions, sheet metal characteristics and analysis, use of basic hand and power tools, identifying and using collision repair information and procedures, and basic repair procedures for minor collision damage. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-102
Collision Repair Non Struct 1
2
10-405-102 COLLISION REPAIR NON STRUCTURAL 1 ...removal, replacement, and storage of interior and exterior trim, disarming/arming restraint systems, adjustment to movable glass, lamps, bumpers and movable tops, and wind noise/water leak diagnosis and repair. (Prerequisite: 10-405-100 Intro to Collision Repair) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-103
Collision Repair Non Struct 2
2
10-405-103 COLLISION REPAIR NON STRUCTURAL 2 ...identifying different types of vehicle construction, nonstructural part identification, damage analysis and developing a repair plan, time management, and replacing and aligning bolted and moveable exterior panels utilizing the appropriate tools. (Corequisites: 10-405-100 Intro to Collision Repair; 10-405-102 Coll Repair Non Structural 1) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-104
Collision Repair Non Struct 3
2
10-405-104 COLLISION REPAIR NON STRUCTURAL 3 ...repair sequences and processes for straightening more complex types of collision damage to nonstructural vehicle panels utilizing the appropriate tools. (Corequisites: 10-405-100 Intro to Collision Repair; 10-405-102, Coll Repair Non Structural 1; 10-405-103, Collision Repair Non Structural 2) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-105
Collision Repair Non Struct 4
2
10-405-105 COLLISION REPAIR NON STRUCTURAL 4 ...removal and application of sealers, undercoats, corrosion protection and various types of foams, replacing non structural vehicle panels using panel bonding and welding, and repairing aluminum exterior panels. (Corequisites: 10-405-100, Intro to Collision Repair; 10-405-102, Collision Repair Non Struct 1; 10-405-103 Collision Repair Non Struct 2; 10-405-104, Collision Repair Non Struct 3) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-114
Collision Repair Estimating
1
10-405-114 COLLISION REPAIR ESTIMATING ...vehicle construction, model identification, damage analysis, parts sources, handwritten damage reports, computerized damage reports, and shop management. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-120
Collision Repair Mech - HVAC
2
10-405-120 COLLISION REPAIR MECHANICAL HVAC ...locating, identifying, inspecting, testing and repairing or replacing both heating and cooling system components. Students also diagnose both heating and cooling systems for leaks, belt and pulley alignment and safely identify, label, store, evacuate, recharge, replace and recycle coolants and refrigerants in accordance with EPA regulations. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology and/or Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-128
Collision Repair Elec Sys-SRS
1
10-405-128 COLLISION REPAIR ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS SRS ...operation, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair of restraint and supplemental restraint systems. (Corequisite: 10-602-125, Electrical and Electronic Systems) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-405-144
Collision Repair Welding 1
2
10-405-144 COLLISION REPAIR WELDING 1 ...welding safety; introduction to the GMAW (MIG) welding process and equipment; and skills training in GMAW (MIG) welding on light gauge automotive steels. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-602-125
Electrical&Electronic Systems1
2
10-602-125 ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS 1...develop the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair electrical and electronic systems. Learners apply Ohm's Law to basic electrical circuit diagnosis. (Prerequisites: Accepted into the Automotive Technology/Technician program or Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology/Technician program; Corequisite: 10-602-107, Automotive Service Fundamentals or 10-405-100, Introduction to Collision Repair) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
SEMESTER CREDITS 18
AUTO COLLISION REPAIR SECOND SERIES
10-405-111
Collision Repair Structural 1
3
10-405-111 COLLISION REPAIR STRUCTURAL 1 ...understanding collision forces, performing inspections of automotive structural components, and determine the extent of structural damage using measuring equipment. (Prerequisites: 10-405-100, Intro to Collision Repair; 10-405-102, Collision Repair Non Struct 1; 10-405-103 Collision Repair Non Struct 2; 10-405-104, Collision Repair Non Struct 3; 10-405-105, Collision Repair Non Struct 4) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-405-112
Collision Repair Structural 2
3
10-405-112 COLLISION REPAIR STRUCTURAL 2 ...utilizing anchoring and pulling equipment for straightening, realigning, replacing and sectioning unibody structural components, sections, and other vehicle outer panels. Additionally students will utilize power and hand tools for cutting, welding, stress relieving, replacing corrosion protection, and stationary glass replacement. (Prerequisites: Completion of Auto Collision Repair First Series courses; Corequisites: 10-405-146, Collision Repair Welding 2; 10-405-111, Collision Repair Structural 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-405-113
Collision Repair Structural 3
2
10-405-113 COLLISION REPAIR STRUCTURAL 3 ...utilizing, anchoring and pulling equipment for straightening, realigning, replacing and sectioning full-frame structural components. Additionally students will utilize power and hand tools for cutting, welding, stress relieving, corrosion protection, and stationary glass replacement. (Prerequisites: Completion of 1st semester courses; Corequisite: 10-405-146 Collision Repair Welding 2; 10-405-111 Collision Repair Structural 1; 10-405-112 Coll Repair Structural 2) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-405-122
Collision-Drive Systems
2
10-405-122 COLLISION REPAIR BRAKES, DRIVE TRAIN AND FUEL ...locating, identifying, inspecting, diagnosing, repairing or replacing collision damaged brake system, drive train, fuel, and emission system components. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology and/or Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technician program) Course Typically Offered: J-Session
10-405-146
Collision Repair Welding 2
2
10-405-146 COLLISION REPAIR WELDING 2 ...oxy acetylene and plasma arc cutting, GMAW (MIG) welding on structural grade automotive steels. Squeeze type resistance spot welding (STRSW), welding aluminum, and silicone bronze is also introduced to students in this course. (Prerequisite: 10-405-144 Collision Repair Welding 1) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-602-124
Steering & Suspension Systems
3
10-602-124 STEERING AND SUSPENSION SYSTEMS ...developing the skills needed to diagnose, service and repair steering and suspension systems including wheel alignment procedures. (Corequisite: 10-602-107, Automotive Service Fundamentals or 10-405-100, Introduction to Collision Repair) Course Typically Offered: Varies by NWTC campus
SEMESTER CREDITS 15
TOTAL CREDITS
60
Curriculum Note
The credit for 10-890-101, College 101, is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Straighten damaged auto body sheet metal.
• Repair plastic and composite body parts.
• Refinish automobile body parts.
• Repair and replace stationary glass.
• Repair damaged automobile and light truck frames.
• Repair unibody structural damage.
• Estimate collision damage repair costs.
• Demonstrate Auto Collision welding procedures.
• Repair manual and passive restraint systems.
• Diagnose problems in automotive electrical, electronic, and mechanical systems.
• Repair steering and suspension systems.
• Qualify for Automotive Service Excellence Autobody and Paint Certification Exam.

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Accreditation

• NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Certified Program
• I-CAR Automotive Steel GMA (MIG) Welding Qualification Test Administrators.
• I-CAR Industry Training Alliance Member
• National Glass Association (NGA) continuing education provider.

Associations

• National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence
• Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association
• Bay Auto Body Association
• National Auto Body Congress
• Collision Repair Instructors Network

Industry Credentials

All NWTC Auto Collision programs are ASE Certified to NATEF (National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation) Standards. Additionally, all instructional staff in the NWTC Auto Collision Programs are at a minimum, Master, ASE Certified Technicians.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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