Auto Collision Repair – AM

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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 second quarter is used to sharpen students’ skills in the lab area by initiating live work out in the shop. Community members bring their vehicles in for the students to repair. This gives the students a feel for working with actual customers.

Third quarter focuses on deeper understanding of the paint/refinish process. Students will learn how to refinish plastic bumper covers, the differences between refinishing raw plastic v.s primed, and the methods used to determine which type of bumper they are dealing with. Students will also be blending colors on assigned panels as well as tinting and mixing paint.

Fourth quarter is spent primarily on live work for community customers. They will learn the fundamentals of thin metal welding which will be useful in setting up students for the start of the second year course of study.

Students will receive their OXY/ACETYLENE 2hr safety certificate in this year and their OSHA 10 hr safety card.

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  • Students should have high school level math and reading skills.
  • Students should have an interest in the Auto Collision field.
  • Students should be self motivated.
  • Students should have good communication skills.
  • Students should be able to work together with others.


  • Students in the Auto Collision class are required to work as a team.
  • Students are required to cover the cost of their 10hr OSHA certification (cost 20.00). Students must also bring a headset or earbuds for this certification.
  • Students are required  to wear proper dress while out in the lab area (shorts, open toe shoes, etc. will not be permitted).
  • Students must pass the safety exam at the beginning of the year in order to work in the lab area.
  • Students WILL wear safety glasses AT ALL TIMES while in the lab area.
  • Students must pass all tool safety requirements.
  • Students must turn in all paperwork at the first of the year ( signed by their parents/guardian) before participating in work in the lab.
  • Students must work in a mature manner in the lab. Any horseplay will endanger the welfare of other students and is grounds for dismissal from the program.



Gilman Russell

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This course meets Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, and Fri from 8:00 am to 10:15 am.


This course is held at WCTC in room Auto Collision Repair.

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Course ID: AC-AM