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About the Auto Body Paint and Collision Technology Certificate

Catalog Year: 2016-2017 (view other years)
Minimum credits required:  19
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Gainful Employment Data

The Auto Body Paint and Collision Technology certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the auto body and collision industry.  The program addresses all areas of basic auto body repair and refinishing including: frame and body repair, painting, special effects and graphic design, and upholstery.


Program-Specific Requirements

Course Course Title Hours
AUT105 Intro to Auto Body Repair

AUT 105. Introduction to Auto Body Repair (4). Basic fabrication and primer application. Emphasis on nonstructural body repair, filling, sanding, primers, and spraying techniques. Two lecture. Four lab.

1. Safety
2. Tools
3. Plastic and fiberglass repair
4. Nonstructural body repair
5. Fillers
6. Sandpaper/sanding techniques
7. Primers
8. De-trim
9. Spraying application

1. Apply shop safety practices for any auto body working environment. (1)
2. Use common tools of the auto body repair industry. (2)
3. Fabricate and shape plastic and fiberglass components for panel repair. (3)
4. Fabricate metal components to repair nonstructural body damage. (4)
5. Identify fillers and determine application to a given repair. (5)
6. Repair a panel using fillers. (5)
7. Identify, select and use the most effective abrasive for a given situation. (6)
8. Measure and mix primer. (7)
9. Remove and replace all exterior trim (8)
10. Spray a panel or vehicle with primer. (9)

AUT106 Auto/Motorcycle Custom Paint

AUT 106. Automotive/Motorcycle Custom Painting (3). Automotive paint finishing using professional techniques and equipment. Includes color selection, mixing, masking, sanding, spraying, maintaining a spray booth, and post-paint care. Prerequisite: AUT 105 (May be taken concurrently) or AUT 107 (May be taken concurrently). One lecture. Four lab.

1. Spray gun set-up
2. Final and color sanding
3. Masking
4. Final surface cleaning
5. Paint measuring and mixing
6. Paint
7. Post-paint care
8. Spray booth

1. Set-up the proper spray gun for the paint to be applied. (1)
2. Cut and buff the top coat. (2)
3. Mask the vehicle. (3)
4. Clean vehicle surface prior to applying paint. (4)
5. Measure proper amounts of tint for desired color and mix paint. (5)
6. Paint a prepared surfaced. (6)
7. Apply post-paint care to vehicle and equipment. (7)
8. Inspect and maintain a spray booth. (8)

AUT107 Autographics/Airbrushing

AUT 107. Autographics/Airbrushing (3). Basic theory and fundamentals of automotive/motorcycle airbrushing. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Specialty tools
2. Undercoat identification
3. Mixing paint
4. Airbrushes
5. Taping
6. Using stencils
7. Applying paint

1. Use specialty tools to complete painting task. (1)
2. Inspect and identify undercoating for compatibility. (2)
3. Mix urethane paints including metal-flakes, pearls, and candies. (3)
4. Apply graphics. (4)
5. Select and apply specialty tape. (5)
6. Use selective stencils to create desired effects. (6)
7. Spray paint using specialized techniques. (7)

AUT110 Advanced Airbrushing Technique

AUT 110. Advanced Airbrushing Techniques (3). Advanced airbrushing techniques including airbrushing with pearls, metal flakes, candies, transparents, and translucents. Special faux effects including portraits and real fire. Prerequisite: AUT 107. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Advanced airbrushing techniques
2. Pearl paint
3. Candie paint
4. Metal flakes
5. Transparents and translucents
6. Faux finishing
7. Top Coats

1. Use an airbrush for specific needs. (1)
2. Apply pearl paints. (2)
3. Apply candie paints. (3)
4. Apply metal flakes. (4)
5. Apply transparents and translucents. (5)
6. Create real fire special visual effects. (6)
7. Apply a top coat (clear) finish. (7)

AUT111 Auto Body Weld/Collisn Repair

AUT 111. Auto Body Welding and Collision Repair (3). Removal, replacement, and repair of body panels, door skins, fender patch, rocker panels, floor components, mechanical components, and quarter panels. Includes structural damage repair. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Sheet metal safety
2. Sheet metal types
3. Welding applications
4. Specialty hand tools
5. Frame straightening
6. Mechanical components

1. Apply shop safety practices to sheet metal work environments. (1)
2. Identify sheet metals. (2)
3. Remove and replace welded body panels. (3)
4. Weld sheet metal. (3)
5. Determine and use tools for specific applications. (4)
6. Pull a frame straight. (5)
7. Replace mechanical components. (6)

AUT275 Basic Automotive Upholstery

AUT 275. Basic Automotive Upholstery (3). Introduction to automotive and motorcycle upholstery. Includes power sewing machines, tools, and new coverings for bucket, bench and motorcycle seats. One lecture. Four lab.

1. Shop environments and safety principles
2. Special industry tools
3. Fabrics
4. Seat removal
5. Cover removal
6. Measure and layout cut list
7. Cutting material
8. Sewing material
9. Framework
10. Frame covering
11. Fabricated seating

1. Work in an upholstery shop environment. (1)
2. Use specialty tools. (2)
3. Select fabric for specific projects. (3)
4. Estimate fabric yardage. (3)
5. Remove seating using appropriate tools. (4)
6. Remove covering from frame. (5)
7. Develop a cut list. (6)
8. Cut and sew fabric. (7,8)
9. Repair and re-cover a seat frame. (9,10)
10. Install fabricated seating. (11)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Auto Body Paint and Collision Technology Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Apply shop safety practices to an auto body work environment.  (AUT 105) 
  2. Use tools specific to the auto body, paint, and collision repair industry.  (AUT 105)   
  3. Repair a panel using plastic filler. (AUT 105)
  4. Measure, mix, and spray primer. (AUT 105)
  5. Choose and set-up a spray gun for the paint being applied.  (AUT 106)
  6. Measure and mix tints to achieve a desired color.  (AUT 106)
  7. Paint a vehicle.  (AUT 106)
  8. Airbrush graphics on a panel or vehicle. (AUT 107)
  9. Paint auto bodies using special effects.  (AUT 110)
  10. Remove, replace, and weld a body panel.  (AUT 111)
  11. Straighten a frame.  (AUT 111)
  12. Measure and cut fabric.  (AUT 275)
  13. Re-upholster a seat.  (AUT 275)