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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair

ABC100

Analysis of basic principles and industry best practices, including issues of human and environmental safety. Theory/overview of removing, repairing, replacing, and adjusting outer body panels; straightening and roughing out of damaged steel panels and preparing them for body filler; and repairing aluminum panels. Study of proper replacement of corrosion protection to the repaired panels and adjustment of panels for proper fit. Introductory theory of cutting and welding of steel. Group interaction/activities; application of assessment tools. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): ABC104. Fall Only.

Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications

ABC104

Application of theory, techniques, principles, and industry best practices, including issues of human and environmental safety. Applied skills include removing, repairing, replacing, and adjusting outer body panels; straightening and roughing out damaged steel panels and preparing them for body filler; repairing aluminum panels for proper replacement of corrosion protection; and adjusting panels for proper fit. Group interaction/activities; application of assessment tools. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Corequisite(s): ABC100. Fall Only.

Collision Estimating

ABC110

Introductory theory and application of collision estimating. Industry's best practices for preparing estimates and supplements using reference manuals. Skill development in preparing computer-generated estimates and supplements. Traditional and computer-assisted methodologies for determining the reparability and cost involved in labor, parts, and materials. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) Fall Only.

Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning

ABC115

Study of the operating principles of automotive air conditioning and automotive electrical and electronic systems. Emphasis on diagnosing common malfunctions and servicing these components. Discussion includes the technician's responsibility regarding environmentally hazardous materials and the federal laws and regulations governing them. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): ABC116. Spring Only.

Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning Applications

ABC116

Application of theory, techniques, principles, and industry best practices for servicing automotive air conditioning and automotive electrical and electronic systems. Emphasis on diagnosing common malfunctions and servicing these components. Discussion includes the technician's responsibility regarding environmentally hazardous materials and the federal laws and regulations governing them. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): ABC115. Spring Only.

Basic Refinishing

ABC125

Theoretical aspects of automotive refinishing. Technical overview of safety practices (personal and environmental), surface preparation, application techniques, selection/application of undercoatings for long-term durability, and equipment use. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): ABC129.

Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Principles

ABC127

Study of chassis realignment for vehicles that have been involved in collisions. Theory and application of damage analysis and realignment to restore vehicles to their pre-accident condition. Operating principles behind steering and suspension, rack and pinion, steering gears, and conventional steering systems. Theoretical operation and repair principles for power steering, steering geometry, wheel alignment, and static and dynamic wheel balancing. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): ABC128. Spring Only.

Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Application

ABC128

Application of theory, techniques, principles, and industry best practices for chassis realignment of vehicles that have been involved in collisions. Applied skills include damage analysis and realignment to restore vehicles to their pre-accident condition. Examination of operating principles behind steering and suspension, rack and pinion, steering gears, and conventional steering systems. Application of repair principles for power steering, steering geometry, wheel alignment, and static and dynamic wheel balancing. 1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Lab) Corequisite(s): ABC127. Spring Only.

Basic Refinishing Applications

ABC129

Demonstration and application of techniques used for refinishing vehicles. Emphasis on vehicle refinishing, personal and environmental safety, and techniques needed to accomplish an undetectable repair. Analysis of defects that commonly occur in collision refinishing. Skills developed include surface preparation, spray application techniques, equipment operation and maintenance, and proper application of undercoatings for long-term durability. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Corequisite(s): ABC125.

International Automotive Studies

ABC160

Study of a selected international automobile manufacturer facilities. The selected site visit will focus on the manufacturing, assembly, and repair processes, as well as how the automobile has impacted the surrounding culture. Designed as a two-course sequence, ABC160 is the lecture component of preparation/exploration, to be followed with ABC161 (lab), which includes travel to the selected destination. 1 Credit (1 Lecture) As needed.

International Automotive Field Experience

ABC161

Study abroad to a selected international automobile manufacturer facility. The selected site visit will focus on the manufacturing, assembly, and repair processes, as well as how the automobile has impacted the surrounding culture. Designed as a two-course sequence, ABC161 is the lab component of travel to the selected site, taken after ABC160 (lecture of preparation/exploration). 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ABC160. As needed.

Auto Graphics

ABC181

Introduction to automotive graphics, custom painting, pinstriping, candy, lettering, and texturing as well as the equipment, materials, and tools needed. Discussion/practice: techniques, designing, aesthetics, history, and origin of automotive and motorcycle specialty painting. Course work includes designing, developing, and producing a custom paint project. 3 Credits (2 Lecture - 3 Lab) (ART)

Automotive Aero-enhancements

ABC182

Introduction to the equipment, materials, techniques, and tools used to create custom composite parts. Discussion/practice: techniques, design, historical origins, and emerging trends as related to the aesthetics of automotive aero-enhancement. Course work includes designing, developing, and producing a custom aero-enhanced part. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab)

Structural Repair Procedures

ABC207

Theoretical study of structural collision damage and repair. Emphasis on the proper procedures for measuring, analyzing, and repairing damage to unibody and body-over-frame vehicles. Study and development of repair plans with emphasis on restoring vehicles to pre-accident condition using manufacturer and industry recommendations. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104. Corequisite(s): ABC208. Fall Only.

Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory

ABC208

Application of theory and techniques used in structural collision damage repair. Applied skills include measuring and analyzing damaged unibody and body-over-frame vehicles, repairing damaged and misaligned vehicles, replacing parts of a vehicle that inspection shows may be unsafe for repair, and restoring corrosion protection. Emphasis on developing and implementing repair plans to restore vehicles to pre-accident condition using manufacturer and industry recommendations. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 12 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104. Corequisite(s): ABC207. Fall Only.

Collision-Related Mechanical Principles

ABC209

Theoretical study of techniques used to repair mechanical faults that occur as a result of collision. Emphasis on the removal and replacement of damaged mechanical components within the braking, cooling, drive train, fuel, intake, and exhaust systems. Study of the procedures for restoring restraints to proper and safe working order following a collision. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104 and ABC115 and ABC116. Corequisite(s): ABC210. Fall Only.

Collision-Related Mechanical Application

ABC210

Application of theory, techniques, principles and industry best practices used to repair mechanical faults that occur as a result of collision. Emphasis on the removal and replacement of damaged mechanical components within the braking, cooling, drive train, fuel, intake, and exhaust systems. Study and application of the procedures for restoring restraints to proper and safe working order following a collision. 2 Credits (0 Lecture - 6 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104 and ABC115 and ABC116. Corequisite(s): ABC209. Fall Only.

Automotive Restoration and Modification

ABC220

Advanced-level study and skill development needed to restore a vehicle to original equipment manufacturer's (OEM) specifications. Course work blends today's technologies in durability and preservation with era-specific authenticity from the 1900s through present day. The modification portion of the course covers the history of designs, styles, and trends ranging from the 1950s to present day. Vehicle alteration processes correlate to era-specific vehicles. Additional topics include the modifications parameters for safe highway use under Pennsylvania inspection codes. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 6 Lab)

Advanced Refinishing Theory

ABC226

Theoretical study of advanced automotive refinishing. Topics include proper selection of single-stage topcoats, base coats, clear coats, and multi-coat finishes. Skills developed include the ability to identify and explain the repair procedures for defects that commonly occur in collision refinishing. Safety is emphasized. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ABC125 and ABC129 or ABC125 and ABC126. Corequisite(s): ABC227. Spring Only.

Advanced Refinishing Laboratory

ABC227

Application of theory and techniques used in advanced refinishing of vehicles following repair. Applied skills include the proper selection and application of single-stage topcoats, base coats, clear coats, and multi-coat finishes as well as identification and repair of defects that commonly occur in collision refinishing. Safety is emphasized. 4 Credits (0 Lecture - 12 Lab) Corequisite(s): ABC226. Spring Only.

Repair Procedures Fundamentals

ABC228

Theoretical study of vehicle repair procedures: body panel repair using hammer and dolly; heat and cold shrinking; proper mixing, application, shaping, and finish sanding of body filler (including forming and smoothing of filled areas); fixed and moveable glass repair; removal/replacement of interior components and parts; and scratch/nick repair. Overview of identification and repair procedures (both welding and bonding) for plastic parts. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104. Corequisite(s): ABC229. Spring Only.

Repair Procedures Applications

ABC229

Application of theory, techniques, principles and industry best practice of vehicle repair procedures: body panel repair using hammer and dolly; heat and cold shrinking; proper mixing, application, shaping, and finish sanding of body filler (including forming and smoothing of filled areas); fixed and moveable glass repair; removal/replacement of interior components and parts; and scratch/nick repair. Overview of identification and repair procedures (both welding and bonding) for plastic parts. 3 Credits (0 Lecture - 9 Lab) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104. Corequisite(s): ABC228. Spring Only.

Collision Repair Operations

ABC345

Principles of collision repair shop operations. Emphasis on procedures, methods, and operations specific to the collision repair industry, with attention to the industry's emerging trends. Course work includes developing an operational manual, which serves to assess the student's ability to assimilate and apply knowledge gained from previous courses. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ABC100 and ABC104 and ABC110 and ABC115 and ABC116 and ABC125 and ABC127 and ABC128 and ABC129 and ENL111. (Writing Enriched) Spring Only.

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