National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF)

Collision Repair Technology (CR)

(Effective Fall 2011)

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.

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:

  • 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 SemesterCredits
FYE101First Year Experience 1 
ABC100Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair 2 
ABC104Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications 3 
ABC110Collision Estimating 3 
MTH124Technical Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
MTH180College Algebra and Trigonometry I 3 
SAF110Occupational Health and Safety 2 
WEL105Collision Repair Welding 3 
FITFitness and Lifetime Sports Elective 1 
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 
CSC124Information, Technology, and Society 3 
ENL111English Composition I 3 
Third SemesterCredits
ABC209Collision-Related Mechanical Principles 2 
ABC210Collision-Related Mechanical Application 2 
ABC228Repair Procedures Fundamentals 2 
ABC229Repair Procedures Applications 3 
ENL121English Composition II 3 
ENL201Technical and Professional Communication 3 
ABCCollision Repair Elective 3 
SCIScience Elective 3 
Fourth SemesterCredits
ABC207Structural Repair Procedures 2 
ABC208Structural Repair Procedures Laboratory 4 
ABC226Advanced Refinishing Theory 2 
ABC227Advanced Refinishing Laboratory 4 
ABC345Collision Repair Operations 3 Writing Enriched Requirement
HUMHumanities Elective 3 
SSESocial Science Elective 3 
ARTArt Elective 3 
FORForeign Language Elective 3 
AAEApplied Arts Elective 3 
IFEInternational Field Experience Elective 3 


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