Auto Collision Repair Program
Offers a curriculum focused on the repair and appearance of the interior and exterior of vehicles. Students learn how to assess, estimate, and repair using modern welding, sanding, masking and painting techniques using the same advanced equipment found in professional auto collision repair companies.
Prerequisites at the Time of Junior Year Enrollment
Minimum of 7 core credits (1.5 must be English), on track to graduate
Credits & Certifications Offered
High School Credit
- 3 CTE Year One
- 3 CTE Year Two
Ranken Technical College & State Technical College - College credit opportunities exist through credit for prior learning or credit by assessment.
*College credit and certification are not guaranteed. Their attainment is dependent on student performance in both the course and on external industry assessments. All certifications are through external agencies and the accommodations permitted will vary from assessment to assessment. Additionally, students must participate in the full two years of the program to be potentially eligible for all certifications listed.
- Automobile Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification in Nonstructural/Paint & Refinishing
- S/P2 Safety Certification
How Will My Time Be Spent?
Program Year Classroom Time Lab Time CTE Year One 26%-50% 26%-50% CTE Year Two 25% or less 76% or more
Tech is Real World Learning
Students in this program learn through the use of a variety of industry grade tools and equipment and texts. Their real world labs also require uniforms and personal protective equipment.
Tools & Equipment
- Personal protective equipment
- Hand tools
- Power tools
- Various chemicals and compounds
- Welding and cutting equipment
- Various plastics
- Sprayers and paints
- Auto Body Repair Technology - a college level text
- I-CAR Professional Development Program Education
- S/P2 Safety Training
- Work boots, work pants or jeans, and a tan work shirt
- Safety glasses must be worn at all times in the lab space
Essential Skills Needed for Success
Students learn the entry level skills necessary to prepare for post-secondary education and the highly competitive world of work. Traditionally, successful students have mastered the processing and/or physical skills listed below prior to enrollment.
Core Essential Skills
Understand and use basic math computations; including percentages, fractions, decimals, rulers and standard units of measurement
Have a basic working knowledge of hand and power tools
Have an awareness of personal safety in the shop, adhere to safety procedures and assume personal responsibility
Respecting the importance of accuracy as it relates to mechanisms of a vehicle
Follow and complete multi-step directions
Make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects
Tolerate working in an environment that includes high places, small spaces, loud noises, smells, extreme temperatures, and dirty environments
Able to climb, lift, and carry objects of 50 pounds or more
Able to stand over or lie under vehicles for extended periods of time
For a complete list of essential skills please review the Course Overview Guide.
Auto Collision Repair
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After graduating from South Tech High School in 1982, Mr. Ken Neuman went right to work at a body shop and has worked for 28 years as a professional repairman in the Auto Body industry. Mr. Neuman began working for South Tech in 2010.