Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing Academy

Program Length:  4 semesters (18 Months), 1400 clock hours  Enrollment Banner.jpg

Program Site:       Ybor City Campus Workforce Training Center 

Class Time:           Monday - Friday,  8:00am - 1:30pm 

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Automotive Collision Repair and refinishing Overview

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 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. This program can apply toward the AS degree in industrial management.For tuition cost and fees, please see below.

After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to perform the following:

  • Demonstrate vehicle and industry knowledge, business management, and shop and occupational safety skills.
  • Prepare vehicles for repair and refinishing by applying creative techniques.
  • Creatively repair, replace and adjust outer body panels.
  • Perform welding operations that apply creativity and interpretation.
  • Evaluate and prepare surfaces for refinishing.
  • Select and apply appropriate polishing compounds and detail techniques.
  • Setup vehicle for measuring and pulling.
  • Calculate, measure and repair unibody vehicles.
  • Inspect and creatively repair frame type vehicle bodies.
  • Maintain and operate spray equipment.
  • Finish defects, causes and cures.
  • Prepare metal parts and panels for creative finishing.
  • Prepare and apply body fillers.
  • Perform miscellaneous repairs.
  • Repair fiberglass and plastic components.

The current Automotive Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Academy has already started. Students are not allowed to join a current Academy, but the next Academy will start August 24, 2016. The Automotive Collision Repair program runs for 4 semesters / 16 months, and classes meet Monday through Friday.  The cost of the program covers tuition, lab fees, materials, tools, tool box, books, and an ASE test. Please see the tuition and fee schedule below for an itemized breakdown of these costs. Prior to graduation, all students sit for one or more of the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Graduation is not dependent upon passing this test. The following is an approximation of the start and end times of the current Academy.  

  Auto Collision Schedule 2015-2016

Auto Collision Tuition & Fees 2015-2016

(20016-2017 Fees to be updated in July)

 Adjusted Auto Collision Fee ScheduleThe cost of the program includes tuition, lab fees, materials, tools, tool box, books, and an ASE test.  Tuition is due at the start of each semester.  Financial Aid is available to those who qualify: http://www.hccfl.edu/media/88300/2013-14%20fa%20checklist%20packet.pdf.   Career Source Tampa Bay may have additional grant funding for those who qualify https://www.careersourcetampabay.com/.

Please be advised that HCC is now scheduling mandatory meetings for admissions into the HCC’s Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Program. In order to be accepted into the 2016 Fall term class, you will need to complete the following steps ASAP due to limited class availability.

Steps to Admission 

1)   Have a current application on file with HCC.  Apply online at www.hccfl.edu

2)   Have all official transcripts on file with HCC.

3)   After you receive your student number in the mail, complete HCC’s online orientation @ http://orientation.hccfl.edu/.        

4)   Schedule your mandatory meeting with Mark Poling @ mpoling@hccfl.edu or 813-253-7000 ex 5422. Please include your program and session preference, your student number, times you would like to meet during business hours, or if you have any questions about the program. During the meeting with Mark Poling you will need to explain to him how you plan to pay for your tuition.  You will need to bring Mark Poling a $75 check or money order made payable to HCC for a drug screen and background check.  No felony convictions within the past 5 years from the date of applying to the program.

5)   Make sure to apply for Financial Aid as soon as possible! To do this, submit a free application for student aid (FAFSA) at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

*     Make sure to have all of your most recent tax documents if you have filed as an independent (single) person.

*     If you did not file and are a dependent, your parent might have to submit a FAFSA using their most recent tax documents.

*     Follow the step by step process on the FAFSA website to complete the application.

*     It will take two weeks for HCC to receive your financial aid paperwork. Once you receive an award letter from financial aid, please contact Ms. Jeanne Schurman, Financial Aid Manager, at 813-253-7000 ext. 4594, to make an appointment. The YBOR Training Center is located at  5610 E. Columbus Dr., Tampa, Fl, 33619.

6)   Based on your transcripts, you might have to take the TABE.  The program does not require a High School diploma or a GED, but the student will have to be at the 9th grade level by graduation (or have an industrial certification by graduation).   Call Dove Wimbish @ 813-253-7792 to schedule this free test.

An Open House is currently not scheduled.  When one is scheduled, students who have competed the above steps will be invited.  The Open House is mandatory.  It is an opportunity to tour the campus, see the classrooms, and talk to the faculty about the program. We also welcome individual visitors. Contact Steve Conti at sconti@hccfl.edu or (813) 253-7000, Option 8, extension 7589 for details.

 


Course Descriptions


Paint and Body Helper -- 250 Hours

The Paint and Body Helper course prepares students for entry into the Automotive Collision and Repair industry. Content emphasizes beginning skills and concepts as a recommended requisite. Students study vehicle and industry knowledge, business management, occupational safety, vehicle preparation, and outer body panels. 


Paint and Body Assistant -- 250 Hours

The Paint and Body Assistant course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in the Paint and Body Helper course for entry into the Automotive Collision and Repair industry. Content emphasizes beginning skills and concepts as a recommended requisite. Students study welding operations, surface evaluation and preparation, polishing and detail. techniques.


Auto Collision Estimator -- 100 Hours

The Auto Collision Estimator course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in the Paint and Body Assistant course for entry into the Automotive Collision and Repair industry. Content emphasizes beginning skills and concepts as a recommended requisite. Students study industry knowledge, business management, occupational safety, and vehicle preparation.


Frame and Body Repairman -- 150 Hours

The Frame and Body Repairman course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in the Auto Collision Estimator course for entry into the Automotive Collision and Repair industry. Content emphasizes beginning skills and concepts as a recommended requisite. Students study industry knowledge, business management, occupational safety, outer body panel adjustment, measuring, pulling, unibody vehicle repair, and frame repair.


Automotive Refinishing -- 325 Hours

The Automotive Refinishing course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in the Frame and Body Repairman course for entry into the Automotive Collision and Repair industry. Content emphasizes beginning skills and concepts as a recommended requisite. Students study industry knowledge, business management, occupational safety, surface evaluation and preparation, polishing, detail techniques, spray equipment, and finishing.


Auto Body Repairer -- 325 Hours

The Automobile Body Repairer course is designed to build on the skills and knowledge students learned in the Automotive Refinishing course for entry into the Automotive Collision and Repair industry. Content emphasizes beginning skills and concepts as a recommended requisite. Students study repair and refinishing techniques, outer body panel adjustment, welding operations, metal preparation, body fillers, miscellaneous repair techniques, fiberglass, and plastics.


For more information on the Florida Depart of Education 2015-16 Curriculum Frameworks, click here Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing (I470603)