Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Academy

1400 clock hours: 18 months to complete
Get state-of-the-art training to become a qualified technician in the auto body repair industry. Topics include estimating, automotive painting, nonstructural and structural repair, welding and cutting, plastic repair, refinishing, and mechanical and electrical repair. Classes are held during the day from 8:00am until 1:30pm, Monday through Friday. This program can apply toward the AS degree in industrial management.

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Classes meet Monday through Friday, 7:30am until 1:00pm (Full-Time).  We currently do not offer an evening or a part-time option.    

Course Description


100 Hours
This course will introduce students to different methods of damage appraisal and estimating cost of repairs. Creating a computerized or hand-written estimate will give the repair shop, vehicle owner, and the repair technician an accurate damage report calculating all parts, labor, and cost of materials needed for a quality repair.


150 Hours
This is an introductory course dealing with basic auto body repairs, sheet metal replacement, and alignment. Students will learn to remove and replace doors, bumpers, fenders, hoods, and align each to a proper fit. Students will also learn to repair dents and prepare surface for body fillers and primers.


100 Hours
This course covers topics related to auto body welding such as mig steel and aluminum welding, oxyacetylene welding, heating, cutting, and proper use of a plasma cutter spot welding and brazing. Students will also learn to identify different types of metals as well as making adjustments on welding equipment to proper heat settings.


150 Hours
This course covers a more advanced auto collision repair. Students will learn various methods of frame and unibody straightening, full of partial panel replacement, as well as anchoring vehicles to frame equipment and assembling measuring systems. Students will also learn proper corrosion protection and rust-proofing methods to ensure a long lasting repair.


100 Hours
This course is an introduction to the various plastics used in vehicles today. The students will learn to identify the different plastics and rubbers needing repair and will make repair and replacement decisions. Students will select methods of repairing, either by plastic welding or appropriate adhesion bonding procedures. Students will also learn the different surface preparation required for painting rubber bumpers or plastic parts to ensure a quality finish.


300 Hours
This course covers topics related to safety and environmental issues, understanding automotive finishes, preparing vehicles for paint as well as proper paint application, color tinting, and panel blending. It also involves troubleshooting and solving paint application problems and defects. Students will also learn proper buffing and polishing procedures.


100 Hours
This course will address the basic repairs to mechanical and electrical components damaged by a collision impact including evacuating air conditioning systems and checking for leaks, replacing radiators and cooling systems, diagnosing and servicing front and rear suspensions, and repairing or replacing wiring, electrical switches, and motors. Students will also learn proper procedure in dealing with vehicle safety equipment such as seatbelts and air bags to ensure proper installation.


400 Hours
This internship program will allow students to enter a real shop environment and experience the complete repair process from start to finish. It will also give students extensive hands on opportunities that will enhance skill levels as well as increase motivation and self esteem.