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2008-2010 Catalog 
2008-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Trades: Autobody Repair, A.A.S.

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Degree: Associate in Applied Science
HEGIS Code: 5306.0
Curriculum Code: 0453
Campus Location: South
Engineering & Technologies Division

Pre-Admission Recommendations: Math I, 1 year Science (Chemistry or Physics)
Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences: Geometry, Chemistry
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Autobody Repair Shops, Auto Insurance Estimating Centers

Program Description

The Automotive Trades/Autobody Repair curriculum prepares students for employment in the automotive industry. Students may study full- or part-time for an Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S.) day or part-time evening.

The curriculum includes the study of theory as well as practical applications of theory. Students enrolling full-or part-time in the A.A.S. program take their laboratory work in a fully equipped, up-to-date facility at the South Campus.

To be admitted to the program, a student needs to follow the application procedures described in this catalog. Each student must have his/her own basic tool kit and will be admitted to laboratory classes only upon satisfying minimum tool requirements. The approximate cost of the tools is $1,000-$1,200. A list of the necessary tools will be available to the students during the first week of classes.

Graduates of the Autobody Repair program will be eligible for advanced degree training and positions as body technicians, painting technicians, body shop managers, collision estimators and auto appraisers. Graduates will also be eligible for I-CAR Gold Points.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Automotive Trades/Autobody Repair, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate appropriate methods of estimating and developing repair orders/invoices
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrate universal measuring devices, as well as dedicated fixtures
  • Demonstrate proper use of tools
  • Properly use various welding technique
  • Demonstrate different methods of frame straightening
  • Demonstrate the application of multiple painting procedures
  • Interpret manufacturer’s specifications and perform prescribed procedures from manuals for diagnosis and repair of charging, starting, electrical, and accessory systems; struts, torsion bars, leaf and coil spring suspension systems; air conditioning and heating systems; brake systems and hydraulics, including automatic braking systems


Total Degree Credits: 65.0

First Year, Fall Semester

First Year, Spring Semester

Second Year, Fall Semester

Second Year, Spring Semester


This is a recommended sequence. Students should consult their academic adviser prior to registering.

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