Auto Body TechnologyExplore MoreAbout This Program
The Auto Body Technology program provides students with the opportunity to develop and implement the skills that are necessary for employment in the collision and refinishing industry. The Auto Body instructors are industry professionals and are considered experts in their area of expertise. First-year training includes theory and lab. Instructional topics will include welding, minor repair, polishing, priming, panel replacement, plastic-bumper repair, estimating, and structural and non-structural repair. Second-year training includes theory and lab. Instructional topics will include refinishing and related equipment, blending, color matching, primers, detailing, custom painting, estimating, and structural and non-structural repair. Students are offered entry into the program at the beginning of the fall semester.
Prior to registering in ATBD 110, students must attend a program orientation. This will be an informative session to let prospective students know what is required in the Auto Body Technology program. This program requires students to have a specific set of tools. Students will be required to purchase their own tools, which will be used in the program and during employment within the Auto Body industry as a technician. (Do not purchase tools before speaking with an Auto Body Technology instructor or Program Chair.) All students in this program must submit to a drug or alcohol test at the beginning of the program at their own expense. Random testing may occur during the school year. See program web page or Department Chair for additional information regarding this policy. A current and valid driver’s license and a motor vehicle record check (for the purposes of evaluating insurability) will be required for participation and enrollment within the program.
Note: Registrations for Auto Body Technology courses are restricted to students within the major.
Degrees and Certificates
- Auto Body Technology - Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)
- Auto Body Technology - Advanced Technical Certificate (ATC)
- Auto Body Technology - Intermediate Technical Certificate (ITC)
- Auto Body Technology - Basic Technical Certificate 1 (BTC)
- Auto Body Technology - Basic Technical Certificate 2 (BTC)
Auto Body Technology (ATBD)
ATBD 110 Introduction to Collision Repair Safety
(2 Credits, Fall)
The orientation and application of tool safety, shop practices, and shop equipment theories. Industry needs and standards will be addressed. Students will gain knowledge of proper use of equipment, tools, and safety that meet or exceed industry standards. PREREQ: Program orientation, Auto Body major, completion of Units 1-2 (or placement into Unit 3 or higher) of MATH 095, and completion of or placement into ENGL 101+ (ENGL 100 & ENGL 101) or ENGL 101. COREQ: ATBD 115 and ATBD 125.
ATBD 115 Welding for Collision Repair
(4 Credits, Fall)
This course is an introduction to welding mild steel and automotive sheet metals for collision repair. Students will perform basic welding processes and techniques including the application of mild steel, wire feed welding, automotive sheet metals, basic oxyacetylene, MIG welding, and plasma air arc cutting. Students will gain knowledge of proper use of equipment, tools, and safety that meet or exceed industry standards. PREREQ: Program orientation, Auto Body major, completion of Units 1-2 (or placement into Unit 3 or higher) of MATH 095, and completion of or placement into ENGL 101+ (ENGL 100 & ENGL 101). COREQ: ATBD 110 and ATBD 125.
ATBD 125 Basic Collision Repair
(8 Credits, Fall)
Basic theory in metal finishing and minor body repair. This includes straightening and This course covers the practical application and basic theory of metal finishing and minor body repair including straightening and prepping sheet metals, removal and installation of necessary trim and hardware to facilitate repair procedures, proper use of plastic fillers, abrasives, sanding techniques, and air tools. Students will learn detailing and polishing fundamentals including that of pre-wash, paint defect identification, exterior polishing, interior renovation, environmental hazards, and proper use of detailing equipment. Students will gain knowledge of general safety and health practices, including the use of chemicals, detailing products, and personal protection equipment that meets or exceeds industry standards. PREREQ: Program orientation, Auto Body major, completion of Units 1-2 (or placement into Unit 3 or higher) of MATH 095, and completion of or placement into ENGL 101+ (ENGL 100 & ENGL 101). COREQ: ATBD 110 and ATBD 115.
ATBD 135 Estimating for Collision Repair
(5 Credits, Spring)
This course covers the estimating process, from hand written to electronic estimating, basic measuring systems, computerized measuring systems, and estimating collision damage and painted surfaces. Students will learn to accurately identify vehicle make and model, options, and trim packages, as well as how to assess damage and determine the repair techniques and processes that will be required. Students will also learn how to set up, measure, and read a body dimension sheet; and to put together a repair plan and parts list. PREREQ: ATBD 110, ATBD 115, and ATBD 125. COREQ: ATBD 145.
ATBD 145 Intermediate Collision Repair
(9 Credits, Spring)
This course provides an understanding of primer guns and their functions, primers and undercoats, basic sanding techniques, and preparation of a variety of surfaces for collision damage repair. Students will use learned skills in the repair of minor collision damage, frame bench repair techniques, panel replacement, and plastic repair. PREREQ: ATBD 110, ATBD 115, and ATBD 125. COREQ: ATBD 135.
ATBD 215 Refinishing for Collision Repair
(7 Credits, Fall)
This course is designed to provide the learner the opportunity to identify tools, components, safety practices, and processes used in the advanced levels of collision repair. Students who successfully complete this course will possess advanced knowledge of prep and painting and be able to produce industry level results in the following areas: painting, color matching, blending, color sanding, polishing, and shading. PREREQ: ATBD 135 and ATBD 145. COREQ: ATBD 235.
ATBD 235 Advanced Collision Repair and Refinishing
(7 Credits, Fall)
This course is designed to provide the learner the opportunity to identify tools, components, safety practices, and processes used in the advanced levels of collision repair and refinishing. The successful completer will apply their newly developed skills in the areas of collision damage repair, welding or gluing of panel replacement, uni-body collision repair, automotive electrical systems and diagnosis, custom refinishing, and advanced refinishing techniques. PREREQ: ATBD 135 and ATBD 145. COREQ: ATBD 215.