Course Objective:

    Students will obtain education and skills for employment in collision repair. Current technology and Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) standards are implemented in this demanding trade.
     Course Description:

    Through theory and related hands-on classroom instruction, students in this program will learn the latest techniques in five major topics. Upon completion, students will take the Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) certification exam, the Martin Senour Paint certification exam, along with Lords Fusor Adhesives certification exam. NATEF.

     Course Topics:

    Structural analysis and damage repair

    Non-structural analysis and damage repair

    Mechanical and electrical components

    Plastics and adhesives

    Painting and refinishing
    Required Supplies:

    Safety glasses

    Safety work boots

    Shop uniform 



    Collision Repair & Refinishing--A Foundation Course for Technicians;  Alfred Thomas:Michael Lund; ©2009.

    Cooperating Companies:

    Anvil Associates

    Datoms, Inc.

    Custom Auto & Performance

    Hamlin’s Auto Body – Bridgeville, PA

    Martin Senour Paints


    Spray Masters

    Wagner’s Auto Body & Collision – North Strabane, PA

     Specialized Shop Equipment:

    Chief EZ Liner SZIM with chief velocity computerized laser measuring system

    Devilbiss System 2000 downdraft, heated, bake spray booth with waterborne drying system

    Martin Senour paint mixing system with waterborne

    SATA fresh air respirators with SATA spray guns and equipment

     Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.) in one or more of the five major categories offered

    National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation – (NATEF)                                                                         


    Martin Senour Paints certification

    Lords Fusor Adhesives 

    Articulation Agreements:

    Pennsylvania College of Technology – Automotive Technology Program/Automotive Service Technician

    Thaddeus Stevens College – Collision Repair Technology 

    Post-Secondary Training Options:

    Belmont Technical College

    Baran Institute of Technology

    Ohio Technical College

    Pennsylvania State University

    Rosedale Technical Institute

    Thaddeus Stevens College


    Potential Careers:

    Collision Technician



    Gas and MIG Welder

    Frame Straightener

    Paint Representative

    Windshield Glass Installer

    Parts Supplier

    Insurance Adjuster  

    Owner – Operator

    Collision Repair Technology Skills:

    Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

    Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.

    Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.

    Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

    Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

    Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

    Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.

    Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. 

    Wages and Employment Trends:

    Median Wages (2009)                                       $18.26 hourly, $37,980 annually

    Employment (2008)                                             166,000 employees

    Projected Growth (2008-2018)                        Little or no change (-2% to 2%)

    Projected Need (2008-2018)                             43,800 additional employees