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Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology Associate Degree

Program Code: 104051

Graduates of this program gain all of the technical training and career potential offered by the Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician technical diploma program - plus the opportunity to pursue a supervisory or management career in the collision repair industry. Typical careers include insurance adjuster/appraiser, collision center owner, collision center manager and manufacturer's representative. As a program graduate, you may also transfer credit to a four-year college to further your career options. This program is ASE Certified to National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Standards.

Follow Your Path

Some credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Auto Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician, 324051

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Employment Potential

Along with technical diploma employment opportunities, a graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas also:

Insurance Adjuster/Appraiser: Works closely with collision repair facilities to negotiate repair procedures and repair costs.

Collision Center Owner: Owns and operates their own collision repair facility. May have several employees working for them.

Collision Center Manager: Oversees all aspects of the collision center operation; including writing estimates, working with insurance companies, and managing employees.

Manufacturers Representative: Represents various manufacturers of paint and body supplies in either sales or as a technical representative.

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Tech-Ed Teacher
• Collision Repair and Refinishing Instructor
• Automotive Engineer
• Insurance Adjuster or Appraiser

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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.
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Additionally, admittance into the program will require an interview with the program Academic Advisor or Associate Dean.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
Green Bay
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
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. (Corequisite: 10-405-116 Intro to Collision Repair)
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: 10-405-116 Intro to Collision Repair; 10-405-102 Coll Repair Non Structural 1)
10-405-116
Intro to Collision Repair
3
10-405-116 INTRO TO COLLISION REPAIR ...this course introduces the learner to the collision repair industry. Topics discussed include professionalism, safety, industry terminology, and the use of basic hand and power tools and equipment. This course also allows the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of sheet metal characteristics and straightening techniques. Competencies of this course will be delivered using NWTC props.
10-405-118
Intro to Auto Refinishing
3
10-405-118 INTRO TO AUTO REFINISHING ...this course introduces the learner to automotive refinishing. Topics discussed include automotive paints, personal and shop safety, environmental regulations, refinishing equipment operation and maintenance, spray gun set-up and transfer efficiencies, and vehicle detailing. Competencies of this course will be delivered using NWTC props.
10-412-170
Transportation Welding 1
1
10-412-170 WELDING TRANSPORTATION 1 ...focuses on welding and cutting safety; develops skills in welding and cutting of metals used in the transportation trades. Methods of welding include gas metal arc welding (MIG) in the horizontal, vertical, and overhead positions. Methods of cutting include oxy-fuel and plasma arc cutting of metals. Students will learn to set up and maintain welding equipment and weld and cut a variety of types and thicknesses of materials commonly used in the transportation trades.
10-412-171
Transportation Welding 2
1
10-412-171 TRANSPORTATION WELDING 2 ...covers common techniques and procedures for SMAW, GMAW, and FCAW welding. Topics include welding metal from 3/16" to 3/4" thick, cutting metal with plasma and oxy-fuel, metal identification, selection of electrodes and American Welding Society symbols. Students will also develop skills in working with other. (Corequisite: 10-412-170, Intro to Transportation Welding)
10-804-134
Mathematical Reasoning
3
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA above 2.6 or satisfactory reading and math assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR the appropriate Corequisite/s: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep; 10-834-102, Fundamentals of Math)
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
SECOND SEMESTER
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. (Prerequisite: 10-405-118 Intro to Auto Refinishing)
10-405-119
Plastic & Composite Repair
2
10-405-119 PLASTIC & COMPOSITE REPAIR ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of identifying types of plastic used on vehicles, making repair or replace decisions, and repair techniques using plastic welding equipment and adhesives.
10-405-121
Collision Refinish Topcoat App
2
10-405-121 COLLISION REFINISH TOPCOAT APPLICATION ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of locating and mixing automotive color formulas, applying sealers, single-stage, and basecoat/clearcoat finishes, and optimizing transfer efficiency. (Prerequisite: 10-405-118, Intro to Auto Refinishing; Corequisite: 10-405-107, Collision Refinish Surface Prep)
10-405-123
Advanced Refinishing
2
10-405-123 ADVANCED REFINISHING ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of blending adjacent vehicle panels, blending methods for single stages and clearcoats, application and blending of automotive multi-stage finishes, refinishing defect identification, diagnosis, and repair. (Prerequisite: 10-405-118 Intro to Auto Refinishing; Corequisite: 10-405-107, Collision Refinish Surface Prep; 10-405-121, Collision Refinish Topcoat Application)
10-405-125
Intro to Collision Repair Appl
2
10-405-125 INTRO TO COLLISION REPAIR APPLICATIONS ...this course provides the learner the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge gained in all prior courses on "live" vehicle repair. Emphasis will be placed on vehicle protection, use of available repair information, organization during the repair process, and completing repairs to industry standard. (Prerequisite: 10-405-103, Collision Repair Non-structural 2; Corequisites: 10-405-119, Plastic & Composite Repair; 10-405-107, Collision Refinish Surface Prep; 10-405-121, Collision Refinish Topcoat Applications; 10-405-106, Collision Repair Welding)
10-405-144
Collision Repair Welding
2
10-405-144 COLLISION REPAIR WELDING ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of GMAW (MIG) welding steel for industry certification, GMAW (MIG) brazing, GMAW (MIG) welding aluminum, and squeeze type resistance spot welding (STRSW). (Prerequisite: 10-412-171 Transportation Welding 2)
10-412-153
Intro to Electrical Systems
1
10-412-153 INTRO TO ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS ...focus on the theory of electricity. This will include studying Ohms, Kirchoff's, and Newton's Laws and how they apply to the circuits on various electrical systems on a vehicle. Students will apply these theories to troubleshoot simple circuits.
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
THIRD SEMESTER
10-405-114
Collision Repair Estimating
1
10-405-114 COLLISION REPAIR ESTIMATING ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop skills in auto body construction, model identification, damage analysis, parts sources, handwritten damage reports, and computerized damage reports.
10-405-127
Collision Repair Application 1
3
10-405-127 COLLISION REPAIR APPLICATIONS 1 ...this course provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of performing light-level collision repairs on customer vehicles from start to finish. Emphasis will be placed on vehicle protection, use of available repair information, organization during the repair process, and completing repairs to industry standard. (Prerequisite: 10-405-125 Intro to Collision Repair Applications)
10-405-129
Refinishing Tinting & Blending
3
10-405-129 REFINISHING TINTING & BLENDING ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of advanced spray gun set-up considerations & techniques and using blending additives. Also included is an in-depth study of color theory, color movement, color evaluation, and color adjustment tools and techniques. Competencies of this course will be delivered through use of NWTC owned props, vehicles, and customer vehicles. (Prerequisite: 10-405-125 Intro to Collision Repair Applications)
10-405-136
Collision Repair Application 2
3
10-405-136 COLLISION REPAIR APPLICATIONS 2 ...this course provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of performing light to mid-level collision repairs on customer vehicles from start to finish. Emphasis will be placed on vehicle protection, use of available repair information, organization during the repair process, and completing repairs to industry standard. Learners will also be introduced to adhesive bonding techniques and aluminum exterior panel repair. (Corequisites: 10-405-127, Collision Repair Applications 1; 10-405-129, Refinishing Tinting & Blending)
10-405-137
Collision Related Elect/SRS
2
10-405-137 COLLISION RELATED ELECTRICAL/SRS ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop skills in electrical troubleshooting for vehicle systems related to collision repair; restraint and supplemental restraint systems operations, troubleshooting, diagnosis, and repair; collision-avoidance system operation, repair, and recalibration; and hybrid/electric vehicle safety. (Prerequisite: 10-412-153 Intro to Electrical Systems)
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-405-138
Collision Repair Application 3
3
10-405-138 COLLISION REPAIR APPLICATIONS 3 ...this course provides the learner the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge of performing light and mid-level collision repairs on customer vehicles from start to finish. Emphasis will be placed on vehicle protection, use of available repair information, organization during the repair process, and completing repairs to industry standard. Learners will also assist customers with vehicle estimates, scheduling repairs, and parts ordering. (Prerequisite: 10-405-136, Collision Repair Applications 2)
10-405-139
Collision Repair Application 4
3
10-405-139 COLLISION REPAIR APPLICATIONS 4 ...this course provides the learner the opportunity to strengthen the skills and knowledge of performing light and mid-level collision repairs on customer vehicles from start to finish. Emphasis will be placed on vehicle protection, use of available repair information, organization during the repair process, and completing repairs to industry standard along with completing repairs in the allotted time given per estimate. Learners will also assist customers with vehicle estimates, scheduling repairs, and parts ordering. (Corequisite: 10-405-138, Collision Repair Applications 3)
10-405-140
Collision Related Mechanic Sys
2
10-405-140 COLLISION RELATED MECHANICAL SYSTEMS ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of identifying, inspecting, and repairing or replacing both heating and cooling system components; evacuate, recharge, replace and recycle coolants and refrigerants in accordance with EPA regulations; identifying, inspecting, and repairing or replacing steering and suspension components related to collision repairs; and identifying, inspecting, and repairing or replacing brake system and fuel system components related to collision repairs. (Prerequisite: 10-405-137 Collision Related Electrical/SRS)
10-405-141
Intro to Structural Repairs
2
10-405-141 INTRODUCTION TO STRUCTURAL REPAIRS ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge, skills, process and understanding of damage analysis of automotive structural components; tools and pulling equipment for structural straightening; replacing and sectioning unibody structural components; and replacing and sectioning full-frame structural components. (Corequisite: 10-405-139, Collision Repair Applications 4)
10-405-142
Intro to Restore & Metal Fab
2
10-405-142 INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATION & METAL FABRICATION ...this course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge and skills and to restore late model vehicles. Emphasis will be placed on tear down of the vehicle, assessment of the parts, and organizing of the project. Learners will have the opportunity to fabricate damaged or missing body panels or parts. Competencies of this course will be delivered using NWTC props.
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
TOTAL CREDITS
65
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 autobody sheetmetal.
• Repair plastic and composite body parts.
• Repair and replace stationary glass.
• Repair damaged automobile and light truck frames.
• Refinish automobile body parts.
• Explore custom painting.
• 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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