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

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in English, math, and reading. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

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.

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
ABC110 Collision Estimating 3 2 3 M REQ
MTH124 Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
or
MTH180 College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 3 S REQ
ABC125 Basic Refinishing 2 2 M REQ
ABC129 Basic Refinishing Applications 3 9 M REQ
AMT104 Hybrid Electric Vehicle 1 1 M REQ
TOTAL CREDITS 18
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
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3 3 S REQ
ENL111 English Composition I 3 3 S REQ
FIT Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1   S FIT
TOTAL CREDITS 18
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
ABC Collision Repair Elective 3   S ABC
ENL201 Technical and Professional Communication 3 3 S REQ
SCI Science Elective 3   S SCI
TOTAL CREDITS 19
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
ABC345 Collision Repair Operations 3 Writing Enriched Requirement 3 M REQ
HUM Humanities Elective 3   S HUM
or
SSE Social Science Elective 3   S SSE
or
ART Art Elective 3   S ART
or
FOR Foreign Language Elective 3   S FOR
or
AAE Applied Arts Elective 3   S AAE
or
IFE International Field Experience Elective 3   S IFE
TOTAL CREDITS 17

Accreditation

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