The Auto Collision program is a 2 year course of study with the first year devoted to small dent repair and PAINT and REFINISH. The first quarter is focused on shop safety and tool safety. Students are then introduced to Paint and Refinish. In this first quarter of Paint and Refinish students will be given a vehicle panel (hood or fender) to refinish. These panels will be used throughout the first quarter for students to practice applying primers, sealers, basecoats and clearcoats.
In the second and third quarters students will use the PAINT and REFINISH skills they have learned and apply them to refinishing plastic bumpers with solid basecoats. They will move on to Metallics and Micas, learning how to properly apply metallic basecoats for an industry accepted finish. In the second quarter students will also begin working on live work from the community, performing repairs for actual customers. Students at this time will also learn how to color blend and tint to match basecoat.
The fourth quarter in this course of study is used to further sharpen students’ skills in Paint and Refinish, and begin to prepare students for the second year course of study by introducing them to Steering and Suspension and Welding Structural Steel.
In the second year of Auto Collision the first quarter is focused on shop and tool safety. Students will safety test out of the tools they will be using in the second year course of study. After testing out of the tools, students will be introduced to Thin Metal Welding. Students will begin this unit of study by focusing on the first modules of this ICAR/NATEF curriculum called THE PRINCIPLE OF SET UP. In this module students will identify the different components of a MIG welder, proper set up and adjustment, and start to perform their first MIG welds.
This will carry over into the second quarter where students will continue to perform various types of welds, such as OVERHEAD WELD, STITCH WELD, PLUG WELD and BUTT WELD. Students will demonstrate their ability to perform these welds to the instructor and will be graded through the use of an instructor developed rubric as well as rubrics provided in the I CAR curriculum.
The end of the 3rd quarter and into the fourth quarter students will be exposed to STEERING and SUSPENSION through the use of the ICAR/NATEF curriculum.
Throughout this second year in Auto Collision students will also be performing live work for the public.
The first year course of study is based on the ICAR/NATEF curriculum. At the beginning of the first quarter attention is focused on safety testing of tools to be used and getting students acclimated to the lab area. Students will then be given a hood or fender panel and will start the first of 5 refinishing modules, applying the knowledge they learn along the way to the panels they were assigned, Students will make a small dent in these panels, repair that dent, then begin the refinishing process. Students, through the use of the ICAR/NATEF modules, will learn the proper way to seal, basecoat and clearcoat these panels.
The first two quarters in the second year course of study for the Auto Collision program are devoted to Steering and Suspension and Thin Metal Welding. Students will learn the varied types of suspensions and how they differ from one another. Students will learn the different terms used in industry and what they mean, as well as how one might affect the other. Terms such as ASI (axis steering inclination), caster, camber and toe, will be studied in these modules.