Automotive Collision Repair, Certificate of Technology

Program Information

Are you a car lover or gearhead? Does nothing get your motor going like a beautiful vehicle? If so, San Jacinto College’s Auto Collision Repair program may be your dream come true. As collision repair shops are typically backlogged with vehicles needing the attention of skilled technicians, you can help fill the void by entering this rapidly growing field. At San Jacinto College, you will gain the skills to become a body or frame technician or a painter or enter related fields such as insurance and estimation, paint retail, and new and used parts. If you have a love for art and automobiles, combine them in our advanced courses. We’ll train you to enter the exciting, flashy world of custom bodywork, custom paint and airbrush, and more!

The San Jacinto College Auto Collision Repair program:

  • Gives students the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to repair and refinish collision-damaged automobiles following nationally recognized training standards;
  • Trains students in custom painting, layout and design, air brush, metal fabricating, and many other exciting skills used in the world of custom bike, truck, and car building;
  • Offers labs based on the highest industry standards and is a member of the Inter-industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) Industry Training Alliance; and
  • Is taught by instructors who are I-CAR certified and maintain many other training certificates to ensure students are getting the most current repair procedures.

Additional Information

At San Jacinto College, students may also choose to specialize in auto painting, auto repair assistant, auto collision repair management, and auto non-collision repair technology.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from the Auto Collision Repair program pursue careers as:

  • Painters;
  • Body technicians;
  • Frame technicians;
  • New and used car make ready technicians;
  • Paint retail technicians;
  • Parts technicians: new, aftermarket, and used;
  • Insurance estimators;
  • Collision office employees; and
  • Custom body work/custom paint/air brushers.

Earning Potential

Automotive Body and Related Repairers: $43,6361

For more information, students may contact 281-998-6350, x7452 or email Tiffany.Burton@sjcd.edu.

Campus

North Campus

Plan of Study

North Campus
4ABCR-CR

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
ABDR 1307 Collision Repair Welding 3
ABDR 1519 Basic Metal Repair 5
ABDR 1431 Basic Refinishing 4
ABDR 1303 Vehicle Design and Structural Analysis 3
 Credits15
Second Term
ABDR 2541 Major Collision Repair and Panel Replacement 5
ABDR 1441 Structural Analysis and Damage Report I 4
ABDR 2353 Color Analysis and Paint Matching 3
ABDR 1315 Vehicle Trim and Hardware 3
 Credits15
Third Term
ABDR 1449 Automotive Plastic and Sheet Molding Compound Repair 4
ABDR 2502 Auto Body Mechanical and Electrical Service 5
ABDR 2380
Cooperative Education - Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology
or Front and Rear Wheel Alignment
3
 Credits12
 Total Credits42

Capstone Experience: ABDR 2380 Cooperative Education - Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology or ABDR 1323 Front and Rear Wheel Alignment