Auto Collision Repair – PM

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NATEFThe 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.

The third and fourth quarters are used to teach students how to MIG weld (metal inert gas). Students will be taught how to weld vertically as well as horizontally. Students will learn the different types of welds used in industry such as plug, stitch, bead, lap joint and lap joint with backer. Students will have a chance to perform all of these welds in state of the art welding booths with Lincoln MIG welders. Second year students have the opportunity to enter the SKILLS USA competition held each year in Bangor at UTC (United Technology Center). Students who place in the top 3 in this contest receive college scholarships, as well as tools for industry. As in their first year course of study, students have a chance to earn their 2 hr. Maine Oxy torch safety certificate and their 10 hr. OSHA safety card.



  • 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 in the lab are ( 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¬†shop area.
  • Students WILL wear safety glasses AT ALL TIMES while in the shop area.
  • Students must pass all tool safety tests (100% score) before being allowed to use any given tools in the shop area.
  • Students must turn in all paperwork at the first of the year (signed by their parents/guardian) before participating in work in the shop.
  • Students must work in a mature manner in the shop. 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 11:30 am to 1:45 pm.


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

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Course ID: AC-PM