Automotive Collision Repair Technology, Associate of Applied Science
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.
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.
Students graduating from the auto collision repair technology program pursue careers as:
- 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.
Automotive Body and Related Repairers median salary: $41,4961
Source: texaswages.com, Gulf Coast region, 2018
For more information, students may contact 281-998-6150, x7242 or email Gail.Mason@sjcd.edu.
Collision repair is a skilled craft, which involves repairing collision-damaged motor vehicles through straightening frames, removing dents, welding torn metal, replacing damaged parts, spot repairing, and overall refinishing. Emphasis is placed on repairing late-model vehicles.
Plan of Study
|ABDR 1519||Basic Metal Repair||5|
|ABDR 1307||Collision Repair Welding||3|
|ABDR 1431||Basic Refinishing||4|
|ABDR 1303||Vehicle Design and Structural Analysis||3|
|ABDR 2541||Major Collision Repair and Panel Replacement||5|
|ABDR 2353||Color Analysis and Paint Matching||3|
|ABDR 1315||Vehicle Trim and Hardware||3|
|ABDR 1441||Structural Analysis and Damage Report I||4|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences or Government/Political Science or American History||3|
|ENGL 1301||Composition I||3|
|ABDR 1449||Automotive Plastic and Sheet Molding Compound Repair||4|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Speech Communication|
|Business and Professional Speech|
or MATH 1314
|Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) (or higher)
or College Algebra
or ABDR 1323
|Cooperative Education - Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology
or Front and Rear Wheel Alignment
|Language, Philosophy, and Culture (Humanities) or Creative Arts (Fine Arts)||3|
|ABDR 2502||Auto Body Mechanical and Electrical Service||5|
or ENGL 1302
|Technical and Business Writing
or Composition II