Automotive Collision Technician Associate of Applied Technology Degree

CIP Code

47.0603

Skilled automotive collision technicians may be employed in new car dealerships, independent auto collision shops, and industrial and government agency motor pools.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning, and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

General Degree Requirements

Students in Automotive Technician, Ford MLR, or Automotive Collision Technician programs must pass all program classes with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in order to enroll in the next quarter program courses shown on the degree or certificate education plan. To remain in the program, all students must have the required textbooks by the start of the third week of classes and the required tools by the start of the second quarter. To receive a certificate or degree in an automotive program, all courses must be completed with a “C” (2.0) GPA or higher.

Students pursuing an AAT degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer-literacy requirements.

Students entering the Automotive Collision Technician degree from the Ford Maintenance & Light Repair Technician program will not be required to repeat equivalent courses upon entering the Automotive Collision Technician degree program. They will be required to take IAUT 140 Basic Automotive Welding.

Program Length

This program is approximately five quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.

Admission Dates

Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Program Outcomes

• Perform high–quality repairs based on diagnosis of collision damage.

• Apply professional automobile painting and refinishing skills.

• Create collision repair estimates with computer software.

• Use industry standards at all times in the shop.

• Perform correction of finish imperfections/defects to industry standards.

• Use vehicle detailing skills post-repair to return to pre-accident condition.

• Perform repairs on damaged panels with industry approved techniques.

• Apply manufacturer guidelines when making repairs.

Completion Requirements

Prerequisite(s)

Successful completion of ENG 094 or meet appropriate placement and be concurrently enrolled in MAT 092 or meet appropriate placement while enrolled in IAUT. Successful completion of Introduction to Automotive or Ford Maintenance & Light Repair Technician certificate, or equivalent with a “C+” (2.3) in each IAUT and FAUT class in order to register for first quarter classes in Automotive Technician or Automotive Collision Technician programs. A valid driver’s license is required.

Introduction To Automotive List

IAUT 104Introduction to Automotive Electrical

4

IAUT 105Introduction to Automotive Trades

4

IAUT 115Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes

5

IAUT 130Automotive HVAC

2

IAUT 140Basic Automotive Welding

4

Total Credit Hours:19

Program Course List

ACT 102Fundamentals of Collision Repair

3

ACT 106Body Shop Equipment

3

ACT 110Welding, Heating, & Cutting

4

ACT 115Plastics/SMC Repair

4

ACT 120Glass, Trim, & Hardware

5

ACT 125Introduction to Metal Straightening

3

ACT 132Panel Replacement

6

ACT 133Panel Repair

6

ACT 134CAPAuto Collision Major Repair

5

ACT 141Auto Body Aluminum Repair

4

ACT 145Collision Estimating

5

ACT 151Refinish Equipment Preparation

6

ACT 154Topcoat Refinishing

8

ACT 156Pre-Prime Preparation

5

ACT 157Post-Prime Preparation

5

ACT 166CAPSurface Imperfections/Exterior Trim

5

ACT 171Plastic Refinishing

5

 

ENGL& 101English Composition I

5

Or

CMST& 220Public Speaking

5

 

Any 100-Level Math Class

5

 

PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology

5

Or

SOC& 101DIVIntroduction to Sociology

5

Or

PSY 112DIVPsychology of the Workplace

5

 

Computer Literacy Requirement

3

COLL 102College Success for All

3

Total Credit Hours:122

NOTE: 

Computer Literacy Requirement: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam.

ACT 120: Articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment.