National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

(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.

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 Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ABC100 Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair 2  
ABC104 Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
MTH011 Career Mathematics 3  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
WEL105 Collision Repair Welding 3  
Second Semester Credits
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1  
ABC115 Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning 2  
ABC116 Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning Applications 1  
ABC125 Basic Refinishing 2  
ABC129 Basic Refinishing Applications 3  
ABC127 Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Principles 2  
ABC128 Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Application 1  
ENL010 Communications 3  
Third Semester Credits
ABC209 Collision-Related Mechanical Principles 2  
ABC210 Collision-Related Mechanical Application 2  
ABC228 Repair Procedures Fundamentals 2  
ABC229 Repair Procedures Applications 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
OEC Open Elective / Certificate 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
ABC207 Structural Repair Procedures 2  
ABC208 Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory 4  
ABC226 Advanced Refinishing Theory 2  
ABC227 Advanced Refinishing Laboratory 4  
OEC Open Elective / Certificate 3  


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