The ever-increasing numbers of vehicles on the highways, coupled with the high cost of original purchase and replacement, have created a demand for trained collision repair technicians. This demand is currently exceeding the supply, and future indications are that this trend will continue. A student may exit this program after completing two semesters and receive an Automobile Collision Repair Technician or Automobile Refinishing Technician Certificate of Applied Science. Graduates in our Automobile Repair and Refinishing program may find career opportunities with auto repair shops, auto parts stores, windshield repair shops and other automotive related businesses. See our website at www.msubillings.edu/careers for graduate data.
Automobile Collision Repair Technicians perform structural and cosmetic repairs on automobiles with unitized body construction in preparation for refinishing. Responsibilities include minor sheet metal repair, welding of mild and high-strength steels, panel replacement, and measuring with laser and mechanical measuring systems.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Perform demonstrations with basic tools in body damage repair situations, according to lectures and demonstrations shown.
- Perform welding operations using resistance and metal inert gas equipment.
- Disassemble multiple vehicle panels including hood, fenders, doors and bumpers, reassemble and align according to manufacturers’ recommendations.
- Identify and diagnose door hardware malfunctions, including latches, lock assemblies and window regulators.
- Apply gasket and adhesive methods to remove and replace stationary automobile glass
|ABDY 101||Introduction to Estimating||2|
|ABDY 110||Intro to Collision Repair||4|
|ABDY 120||Non-Structral Collision Repair||6|
|ABDY 201||Advanced Estimating||1|
|ABDY 220||Structural Collision Repair||6|
|COMX 106||Comm in a Dynamic Workplace||3|
|M 111||Technical Mathematics||3|
|TRID 140||Auto Sheet Mtl Strct MIG Wldng||2|
|TRID 152||Vehicle Htg, Vent & AC||3|
|WRIT 104||Workplace Communications||3|
|Total Minimum Credits||33|
Students should check the course descriptions for required prerequisites.