Collision Repair Technology (CR)

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 collision repair shop management, as well as the theory and skills of metal and plastic repair, MIG and plastic welding, unibody straightening, multi-component paint systems, estimating, and hazardous-material handling. Basic and advanced collision repair skills are stressed, coupled with an understanding of business principles.

Career Opportunities

Independent collision repair shop owner/operator, assistant collision repair manager, service equipment representative, insurance estimator, skilled jobs involving paint application in manufacturing or service industries, dealer service specialist.

Recommended High School Subjects

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

Special Equipment Needs

See the Tool List on the Collision Repair Technology major web page.

Remediation Strategies

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

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • apply industry standards in refinishing, plastic repair, structural repair, non-structural repair, and estimating.
  • 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, and collision-related business letters.
  • secure employment as a collision repair technician or manager in a collision-related business or complete a four-year degree.


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  
ABC110 Collision Estimating 3  
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3  
ABC125 Basic Refinishing 2  
ABC129 Basic Refinishing Applications 3  
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1  
Second Semester Credits
ABC115 Fundamentals of Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning 2  
ABC116 Electrical/Electronic and Air Conditioning Applications 1  
ABC127 Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Principles 2  
ABC128 Chassis Alignment, Steering and Suspension Application 1  
WEL105 Collision Repair Welding 3  
SAF110 Occupational Health and Safety 2  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1  
Third Semester Credits
ABC209 Collision-Related Mechanical Principles 2  
ABC210 Collision-Related Mechanical Application 2  
ABC207 Structural Repair Procedures 2  
ABC208 Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory 4  
ABC Collision Repair Elective 3  
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
Fourth Semester Credits
ABC226 Advanced Refinishing Theory 2  
ABC227 Advanced Refinishing Laboratory 4  
ABC228 Repair Procedures Fundamentals 2  
ABC229 Repair Procedures Applications 3  
ABC345 Collision Repair Operations 3  Writing Enriched Requirement
HUM Humanities Elective 3  
SSE Social Science Elective 3  
ART Art Elective 3  
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3  
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3  
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3  


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