National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Collision Repair Technician (CL)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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.

Transfer Procedures

This major is subject to the transfer standards established by the College (see ). Exceptions must be approved by the school dean.

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.


First SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ABC100Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair 2 
ABC104Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications 3 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
MTH011Career Mathematics 3 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
WEL105Collision Repair Welding 3 
Second SemesterCredits
AMT104Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1 
ABC115Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning 2 
ABC116Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning Applications 1 
ABC125Basic Refinishing 2 
ABC129Basic Refinishing Applications 3 
ABC127Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Principles 2 
ABC128Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Application 1 
ENL010Communications 3 
Third SemesterCredits
ABC209Collision-Related Mechanical Principles 2 
ABC210Collision-Related Mechanical Application 2 
ABC228Repair Procedures Fundamentals 2 
ABC229Repair Procedures Applications 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
OECOpen Elective / Certificate 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
ABC207Structural Repair Procedures 2 
ABC208Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory 4 
ABC226Advanced Refinishing Theory 2 
ABC227Advanced Refinishing Laboratory 4 
OECOpen Elective / Certificate 3 


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