National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

(Effective Fall 2018)

Students learn to apply advanced collision repair techniques and principles in diagnosing damage and prescribing corrective work. The major emphasizes the theory and skills of metal and plastic repair, MIG welding, unibody straightening, hazardous material handling, and modern paint systems.

Career Opportunities

Collision repair technician in a dealership, independent collision repair shop, fleet operation or self-employment.

Recommended High School Subjects

Three years of English, one year of algebra, and one year of science.

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Collision Repair Technician web page.

Remediation Strategies

Deficient students may start the program. The order of remediation will be math, reading, English.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate competency, to industry standards in refinishing, plastic repair, structural repair, and non-structural repair.
  • apply the principles of critical thinking, quantitative and qualitative logic, analysis and synthesis of actual comprehensive problems of the types occurring in the collision repair industry.
  • write clear, concise, and accurate repair orders, technical reports.
  • secure employment as a collision repair technician or in a related field.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
FYE101 First Year Experience 1 .50 1.50 S REQ
ABC100 Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair 2 2 M REQ
ABC104 Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications 3 9 M REQ
ABC125 Basic Refinishing 2 2 M REQ
ABC129 Basic Refinishing Applications 3 9 M REQ
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1 1 M REQ
MTH011 Career Mathematics 3 2.50 1.50 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Second Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ABC115 Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning 2 2 M REQ
ABC116 Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning Applications 1 3 M REQ
ABC127 Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Principles 2 2 M REQ
ABC128 Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Application 1 3 M REQ
WEL105 Collision Repair Welding 3 2 3 M REQ
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2 2 M REQ
ENL010 Communications 3 3 S REQ
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 17
Third Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ABC209 Collision-Related Mechanical Principles 2 2 M REQ
ABC210 Collision-Related Mechanical Application 2 6 M REQ
ABC207 Structural Repair Procedures 2 2 M REQ
ABC208 Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory 4 12 M REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
TOTAL CREDITS 13
Fourth Semester Credits Notes Lecture Lab/Clinical M/S Type
ABC226 Advanced Refinishing Theory 2 2 M REQ
ABC227 Advanced Refinishing Laboratory 4 12 M REQ
ABC228 Repair Procedures Fundamentals 2 2 M REQ
ABC229 Repair Procedures Applications 3 9 M REQ
OEA Open Elective 3   S OEA
TOTAL CREDITS 14

Accreditation

Accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).