Automotive Collision Technician Degree

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Skilled automotive collision technicians may be employed in new car dealerships, independent auto collision shops, and industrial and government agency motor pools.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $8,955.56

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters

Graduates of this program may enter the trade with considerable practical skills gained through actual hands-on repair experience throughout the program.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

To receive a certificate or degree in an automotive program all courses must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

To remain in the program all students must have the required textbooks by the start of the third week of classes, required tools by the start of the second quarter and successfully complete ENG 094 and MAT 091 by the end of the third quarter.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone-project, diversity and computer-literacy requirements.

Program Requirements

Course # Course Name Credits
ACT 102 Fundamentals of Collision Repair 3
ACT 106 Body Shop Equipment 3
ACT 110 Welding, Heat & Cutting 4
ACT 115 Plastic/SMC Repair 4
ACT 120* Glass, Trim & Hardware 5
ACT 125 Introduction to Metal Straightening 3
ACT 132 Panel Replacement 6
ACT 133 Panel Repair 6
ACT 134CAP Auto Collision Major Repairs 5
ACT 140 Auto Systems Repair (Winter quarter only) 4
ACT 145 Collision Estimating 5
ACT 151 Refinish Equipment Preparation 6
ACT 154 Topcoat Refinishing 8
ACT 156 Pre-Prime Preparation 5
ACT 157 Post-Prime Preparation 5
ACT 166CAP Surface Imperfections/Exterior Trim 5
ACT 171CAP Plastic Refinishing 5
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher) 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
  Computer Literacy Requirement
(complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam)
3
  Total Credits for Completion 100

*Articulated courses with high schools for dual enrollment