Collision Repair Technology

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 Program Description

The Collision Repair Technology program (formerly Auto Body Technology) provides students with the opportunity to develop and implement the skills that are necessary for employment in the collision and refinishing industry. CWI is a fixed training site for the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR®) and the curriculum follows industry-wide training standards developed by I-CAR. All Collision Repair Technology (CRT) instructors are industry professionals and are considered experts in their field. 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 who complete all CRT courses will be eligible to earn their I-CAR certificates in ProLevel 1 Non-Structural Repair and ProLevel 1 Refinishing.

Prior to registering in CRT 115, students must attend a program orientation. This will be an informative session to let prospective students know what is required in the Collision Repair 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 industry as a technician. (Do not purchase tools before speaking with an Collision Repair Technology instructor or department 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. Students are offered entry into the program at the beginning of the fall semester.

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