Offered at the Levelland Campus
The Automotive Collision Repair program is designed to prepare qualified graduates for entry-level employment in the collision repair industry. The program provides students with skills necessary for employment as an automotive body/frame and refinishing technician. Students successfully completing the curriculum described below will meet all requirements for the Associate of Applied Science degree.
Body and frame skills consists of vehicle structural design, measuring systems, manufacturer specifications, vehicle control points, build tolerance, metallurgy, steering and suspension, automotive electrical service and repair, writing through and accurate damage reports. Refinishing skills consists of surface preparation, refinish materials, compressed air equipment maintenance and repair, HVLP refinishing equipment maintenance, repair and gun adjustments, color and texture matching through manufacturer variance program, refinish and blend techniques, tinting colors, polishing, compounding, masking for spot, panel and overall refinishing, laying out graphics, pin-striping and basic air brush techniques.
To qualify for the A.A.S. degree, students are required to successfully complete a capstone experience in the final semester of the program, which consists of a comprehensive lab project and comprehensive written exam.
TSI waived Certificate of Proficiency options are also provided as program options.
The Automotive Collision Repair program prepares students to enter an occupation where industrial safety is a critical competency and will require all students to successfully complete a program specific safety examination prior to participating in laboratory activities. Safety examination includes written and practical “hands-on” preparation, demonstration, and safe operation of occupational processes and equipment.
Program advisor is Bob Hotaling, assistant professor of automotive collision repair technology.
Associate of Applied Science Degree