Auto Body Repair and Painting

Program Mission

The Auto Body Repair & Painting program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the auto body repair industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

The curriculum used for the program is published by the I-CAR Education Foundation and is based on the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) Auto Body Task List and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technician certification standards. Students completing the program will be prepared for employment in the Auto Body Repair and Painting industry and related areas. Classroom and laboratory work is off ered in a modern and well-equipped facility. The program is certified by NATEF.

Program Prerequisite or Co-requisite
  • ENG 19 and/or 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23.
  • MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 24/50/53.
  • Note: Respirator Use Clearance Also Required
Degrees That Can Be Earned
  • Associate in Science (AS)
  • Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Cost of Textbooks/Supplies
  • Tuition based on total credits taken.
  • Tools approximately for First Semester $1,500 – $2,000
  • Purchases of additional tools, textbooks, and mock up materials may be required each semester.
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Upon successful completion of the ABRP program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the skills and competencies necessary for a successful career in the auto body repair and painting industry and related areas.
  • Demonstrate the work habits and attitudes necessary to work in a highly competitive and rewarding field.
  • Display the basic skills necessary to become a lifelong learner in order to keep abreast of the latest technological changes in the auto body industry as measured by voluntary participation such as attendance in seminars, ASE Certifications and ICAR Training.

ABRP 62 - Metal Straightening Body Filler Techniques (2)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ENG 19 and /or ENG 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23; MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 24/50/53
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 63, 64, 65, 66, 67

Upon successful completion of ABRP 62, students will be able to:

  • Identify the necessary tools to straighten damaged sheet metal
  • Straighten a damaged metal panel close to original contours
  • Shrink metal back to original size and shape
  • Select the correct filler and tools needed to perform final metal finishing
  • Properly clean and prepare the repair area before applying plastic filler
  • Properly mix and apply plastic body filler to a properly prepared area
  • Understand how to use a variety of specialty fillers used in the auto body industry
  • Restore the original contour and shape of a straightened panel using plastic body filler

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 63 - Welding And Cutting Techniques (2)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ABRP 62
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 64, 65, 66, 67

Upon successful completion of ABRP 63, students will be able to:

  • Set up oxyacetylene equipment, demonstrate the types of flames, and run a bead with and without a filler rod
  • Set up oxyacetylene equipment and cut automotive sheet metal
  • Use the information provided to set up and use a plasma arc cutter

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 64 - Corrosion Repair Techniques (2)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ABRP 63
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 62, 65, 66, 67

Upon successful completion of ABRP 64, students will be able to:

  • Set up and tune squeeze-type resistance spot welders for use on automotive sheet metal.
  • Use the tools and instructions provided to produce quality successful squeeze-type resistance spot welds in automotive collision repair.

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 65 - Mig Welding (2)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ABRP 64
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 62, 63, 66, 67

Upon successful completion of ABRP 65, students will be able to:

  • Use the information provided to explain and demonstrate all applicable personal and shop safety steps, along with vehicle protection measures, to be followed when welding and cutting
  • Use the tools and instructions provide to properly set up a MIG welder for welding automotive sheet metal
  • Use the tools and instructions provided to run a test weld, and tune the welder for welds being made
  • Use the tools and instructions provided to clean, assemble, and complete a butt joint with backing in various welding positions and be able to visually inspect and destructive test the weld
  • Use the tools and instructions provided to complete a fillet weld lap joint and be able to visually inspect and destructively test the weld
  • Use the tools and instructions provided to complete a plug weld and be able to visually inspect and destructively test the weld

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 66 - Refinishing Safety And Vehicle Preparation (3)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ABRP 62
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 63, 64, 65, 67

Upon successful completion of ABRP 66, students will be able to:

  • Explain the need for regulations and safety devices involved with a refinishing department
  • Locate hazardous warning information for products used in refinishing
  • Select the proper personal protection equipment, inspect it, and demonstrate proper use
  • Identify the differences between a variety of automotive finish systems including dry time, chemical, make-up, and plant and body shop application
  • Identify the type and color of a finish, and plan a system for refinishing the vehicle
  • Select and apply the proper undercoat materials
  • Understand how to select sanding materials and equipment and how to sand a vehicle prior to and during the refinishing process
  • Prepare adjacent panels for blending
  • Mask a vehicle for spot repairs, panel repairs, or a complete refinish job, using a variety of masking materials

90 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 3.75 weeks

ABRP 67 - Detailing (1)

    Co-requisite: ABRP 62, 63, 64, 65, 66

Upon successful completion of ABRP 67, students will be able to:

  • Describe the processes and importance of proper detailing
  • Remove overspray and perform final finishing processes, including compounding and polishing, to improve the quality of the finish
  • Understand the importance of thoroughly cleaning the vehicle before and after repairs
  • Select and use proper cleaning products and tools to clean the vehicle exterior, including engine compartment, tire and wheels, and vinyl tops
  • Describe the various equipment and products used in interior detailing
  • Detail the interior of a vehicle, including cleaning and conditioning of upholstery, vinyl, plastic, and leather; remove stains and odors; and clean glass
  • Remove and install pinstripes, decals, and emblems
  • Understand how to select and use the proper tools and equipment for these procedures

30 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 1.25 weeks

ABRP 68 - Corrosion Protection Principles (1)

  • Prerequisite: ABRP 65
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 69, 70, 71, 72

Upon successful completion of ABRP 68, students will be able to:

  • Describe the process of corrosion and its effect on vehicles, and describe how corrosion protection is built into vehicles during the manufacturing process
  • Select and use various materials which are effective in restoring corrosion protection to collision damaged areas of vehicles
  • Plan and apply the correct corrosion protection treatment to enclosed interior surfaces
  • Plan and apply recommended protective treatments to weld areas and exposed seams
  • Plan and apply correct corrosion protective treatment to exposed interior surfaces during collision repairs
  • Plan and apply correct corrosion protective treatment to exposed exterior surfaces, trim, and accessories during collision repairs

30 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 1.25 weeks

ABRP 69 - Color Mixing And Matching (3)

  • Prerequisite: ABRP 66
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 68, 70, 71, 72

Upon successful completion of ABRP 69, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper vehicle preparation for the spraying environment
  • Describe the main functions of the spray environment
  • Describe how to inspect & verify acceptable cleanliness of filters
  • Identify & describe the function of each tool & equipment found in paint mixing area
  • Interpret paint formulas within an intermix system
  • Identify air supply equipment found in refinish shop
  • Describe the theory of operation of high & low pressure spray systems
  • Identify the main parts of a spray gun
  • Demonstrate how to adjust different types of spray guns
  • Explain the three dimensions color theory
  • Evaluate color formula
  • Evaluate & correct color for solid, metallic and tri-stage colors
  • Adjust the value and hue of solid & metallic colors
  • Differentiate between primers, surfacers & sealers
  • Apply sealers & primers
  • Differentiate between mixing ratios & measurements
  • Explain painter safety requirements

90 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 3.75 weeks

ABRP 70 - Paint Blending Techniques (3)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ABRP 69
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 68, 71, 72

Upon successful completion of ABRP 70, students will be able to:

  • Describe the theory of blending
  • Identify vehicle locations that are desirable for blending
  • Describe the preparation steps of refinish area that will be blended
  • Demonstrate masking techniques used during spot repairs & blending
  • Describe how to set up a blend repair
  • Demonstrate blending procedures for different types of finishes

90 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 3.75 weeks

ABRP 71 - Paint Application Problems (2)

  • Prerequisite or Co-requisite: ABRP 70
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 68, 69, 72

Upon successful completion of ABRP 71, students will be able to:

  • Describe the causes of paint film contamination during applications
  • Identify types of contamination that occur during the refinishing process
  • Describe the steps & procedures used to prevent contamination of the finish
  • Demonstrate how to correct defects
  • Identify causes of defect related to spraying techniques
  • Identify & prevent problems that occurs during drying & curing of finish
  • Identify & prevent problems related to preparing area for refinishing
  • Describe how to prevent & correct paint defects related to preparation
  • Identify paint film defects, causes & cures
  • Describe the types of surface defects in finish
  • Demonstrate how to correct & prevent surface defects

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 72 - Automotive Composite Repairs (3)

  • Co-requisite: ABRP 68, 69, 70, 71

Upon successful completion of ABRP 72, students will be able to:

  • Identify automotive different composite
  • Describe the factors on repair or replace decisions
  • Explain adhesive repair methods, tools & materials
  • Explain the procedures & steps for different plastic repairs
  • Identify SMC repair tools & materials
  • Describe one sided & two sided repair procedures
  • Identify SMC sectioning & replacing
  • Demonstrate retexturing plastic after repair
  • Demonstrate refinishing plastic after repair

90 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 3.75 weeks

ABRP 73 - Collision Prep And Panel Alignment (4)

  • Co-requisite: ABRP 74, 75, 76, 77

Upon successful completion of ABRP 73, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate safety related practices while performing collision repair work
  • Read and understand the operations listed on a damage report, than develop a plan to repair the vehicle
  • Properly wash a vehicle, apply wax and grease remover, and remove corrosion protection from the repair area
  • Apply masking materials, remove or protect adjacent panels and parts so needed repairs can be completed
  • Select and use the proper tools and equipment to remove, install, and align bolt-on panels
  • Select and use the proper tools and equipment needed for removing broken bolts and repairing damaged threads
  • Explain why proper panel alignment is important, and demonstrate the various methods that can be used to align panels
  • Remove, install, and align bumpers
  • Select the proper tools and equipment and follow the necessary safety procedures while removing, installing, and aligning hoods and deck lids
  • Select the proper tools and equipment and follow the necessary safety procedures while removing, installing, and aligning fenders and doors
  • Demonstrate the fundamental procedures to locate and repair air, water, and dust leaks related to panel alignment
  • Use trim removal tools to properly remove trim from a vehicle
  • Select and use the proper tools and equipment needed to remove and install interior door trim panels
  • Select and use the proper tools and equipment needed to remove and install door locks and handles
  • Select and use the proper tools and equipment needed to remove and install deck lid lock cylinders
  • Demonstrate fundamental procedures to properly remove and install exterior trim and moldings

120 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 5 weeks

ABRP 74 - Quarter Panel Replacement Techniques (2)

  • Prerequisite: ABRP 65
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 73, 75, 76, 77

Upon successful completion of ABRP 74, students will be able to:

  • Identify the different types of automotive glass
  • Identify both common and specialty tools used for automotive glass replacement
  • Identify fundamental adhesives and sealants used in the auto glass industry
  • Analyze quarter panel damage and determine whether sectioning or full panel replacement is required
  • Apply the principles and techniques of removing a damaged quarter panel
  • Apply principles of proper surface preparation before welding panel replacement
  • Apply principles and techniques of quarter panel alignment and installation

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 75 - Door Skin Alignment And Replacement (2)

  • Co-requisite: ABRP 73, 74, 76, 77

Upon successful completion of ABRP 75, students will be able to:

  • Remove and reinstall moveable door glass
  • Remove and install hinged auto glass parts
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental procedures in the removal and reinstallation of a sunroof
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental procedures, principles and techniques to straighten a damaged door frame
  • Apply the principles and techniques for removing and replacing a damaged welded door skin
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental procedures in removing and replacing a damaged bonded door skin

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 76 - Advanced Welding Methods (2)

  • Co-requisite: ABRP 73, 74, 75, 77

Upon successful completion of ABRP 76, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental procedures to properly set up and tune a MIG welder for use on automotive aluminum. Student will know how variables, such as wire types, wire speed, and shielding gases are different for aluminum compared to steel
  • Understand what qualifies as an acceptable bead on aluminum. Student will be able to perform a basic aluminum weld bead using a MIG welder
  • Demonstrate fundamental procedures to properly set up and tune a TIG welder for use on automotive aluminum
  • Understand what qualifies as an acceptable bead on aluminum. Student will be able to perform a basic aluminum weld bead using a TIG welder

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 77 - Estimating Vehicle Damage (2)

  • Co-requisite: ABRP 73, 74, 75, 76

Upon successful completion of ABRP 77, students will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental uses of the estimate in the collision repair business
  • Explain collision energy management and identify different types of damage
  • Identify and describe a 'general plan for repairs on a collision damaged vehicle
  • Explain a basic sequence for damage analysis. Student will be able to identify common industry part names and repair terms
  • Locate and explain basic information in a collision estimating guide

60 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 2.5 weeks

ABRP 78 - Collision Damage Analysis (3)

  • Co-requisite: ABRP 79, 80

Upon successful completion of ABRP 78, students will be able to:

  • Inspect a damaged vehicle and identify various types of damage
  • Interpret body dimension specification sheets and locate key reference points on a vehicle
  • Set up and use various, types of measuring systems
  • Use a tram gauge to measure vehicle length and width damage
  • Use centering gauges to determine vehicle centerline misalignment
  • Use a set a datum line gauges to identify height damage
  • Understand how a universal measuring system is used to identify collision damage
  • Understand how a dedicated fixture system is used to identify damage on a vehicle
  • Understand how a computerized measuring system is used to identify damage on a vehicle

90 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 3.75 weeks

ABRP 79 - Structural Straightening Techniques (3)

  • Prerequisite: ABRP 65
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 78, 80

Upon successful completion of ABRP 79, students will be able to:

  • Properly mount and anchor a vehicle to a pulling system
  • Select and set up different types of pulling equipment
  • Understand the proper techniques needed to be used when working with high strength steel in collision repairs
  • Understand hot and cold stress relief methods in the repair of collision damaged parts
  • Understand the techniques used to pull and straighten a front end damaged vehicle
  • Understand the techniques used to pull and straighten a rear end damaged vehicle
  • Understand the techniques used to pull and straighten a vehicle with side impact damage

90 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 3.75 weeks

ABRP 80 - Panel Replacement (6)

  • Prerequisite: ABRP 65
  • Co-requisite: ABRP 78, 79

Upon successful completion of ABRP 80, students will be able to:

  • Explain the repair procedures for full or partial panel replacement
  • Use the information provided to properly select various types of joints used in sectioning
  • Understand the techniques used to repair or replace a complete rail assembly
  • Understand the techniques used to repair or replace a rail section
  • Understand the techniques used to repair or replace a rocker panel
  • Understand the techniques used to section or completely replace an A-pillar
  • Understand the techniques used to section or completely replace a B-pillar
  • Understand the techniques used to repair and replace a floor pan and truck floor
  • Understand the techniques used to complete a full body section repair

180 hrs. total. 6 hrs. lect.; 18 hrs. lab. per week over 7.5 weeks

ABRP 093V - Cooperative Education (1-4)

  • Prerequisite: ENG 19 and/or ENG 21, OR ESL 13 & 14, OR Placement in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23; MATH 9, OR Placement in MATH 24/50/53
  • Instructor approval required
  • ABRP majors only

Upon successful completion of ABRP 093V, students will be able to:

  • Job Placement. The student will obtain a position with a company that is related to his/her major and perform a minimum of 75 hours per semester for each credit. This Learning Outcome will be assessed by:
    • Cooperative Education Student Application Form
    • Resume, Cover letter and list of potential employers
    • Cooperative Education Agreement
  • Personal Assessment. The student will demonstrate an understanding of personal skills with an awareness of the impact of abilities and skills on career development and academic achievement. This learning outcome will be assessed by:
    • Mid Term Report
    • Student Evaluation of Cooperative Education Experience
    • Learning Outcome Paper(s}
  • Job Performance. As part of a team, the student will perform all duties required at the cooperative education work site, demonstrating positive work habits and using appropriate procedures, tools and equipment, consistent with all applicable standards and OSHA regulations. This Learning Outcome will be assessed by:
    • Student Time Sheet
    • Employment Supervisor's Evaluation of Cooperative Education

5 hrs. work experience per week per credit

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills

General

Apply mechanical and design concepts to diagnose auto body damage and select appropriate repair processes.

Specific

  • Read and follow auto body technical specification sheets and work orders.
  • Analyze auto body damage to identify body parts needing to be replaced.
  • Measure auto body components for correct fit.
  • Measure and calculate correct amounts of chemicals and solvents for paint application and removal.
Sensory/Observation Skills

General

Make observations and assessments of auto body condition.

Specific

  • Inspect cosmetic panels and identify auto body irregularities.
  • Distinguish readings on paint scales.
  • Distinguish color variations.
Motor Skills

General

Possess sufficient physical strength, flexibility, and dexterity to do auto body and refinishing work.

Specific

  • Operate necessary tools and equipment.
  • Remove, repair, and replace damaged components and small parts.
  • Position and maneuver in confined spaces.
  • Work at varying heights.
  • Lift and transport equipment and materials as necessary.
Communication Skills

General

Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.

Specific

  • Obtain necessary information from oral and written sources.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Document work accurately.
Behavioral Skills

General

Behave appropriately and safely in a shared learning environment.

Specific

  • Work independently with periodic supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Exercise good judgement.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance

General

Function safely in an auto shop environment.

Specific

  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Various levels of noise, Heat, Sharp tools and materials, Electrical equipment, Chemicals and toxins, Dust and fumes, Machinery with moving parts, Moving objects and vehicles