Mar 01, 2021  
2017-2018 SLCC General Catalog 

Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits minimum

Technical Specialties Division
Miller Campus
MATC 106
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-5365
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professors − Neal Grover
Assistant Professor - Hondo Espil

Program Description
This is a two-year composite program of automotive refinishing and collision repair. Students may only start every Fall semester in the major courses because of course prerequisites. Students enrolled in the program register for the same theory and laboratory classes, but the related education classes will be different from those offered in the auto refinishing and auto collision repair certificate programs. General Education and elective courses provide training in effective oral and written communication and human relations skills.

Career Opportunities
Auto collision repair and refinishing specialists receive excellent pay and job security. Students can take advantage of SLCC’s strong network in the auto repair industry for job placement and career enhancement.

Earnings in this field of technology are dependent upon a person’s work ethic and productivity. There are untold numbers of jobs available for anyone who completes the program.

Many jobs are not in the actual hands-on repair area. Jobs can range from sales of automotive repair products, including paint coatings, to insurance claims to shop manager. It is not uncommon for workers to earn $75,000 to over $100,000 annually. Because of the tremendous demand for trained technicians, beginning workers move rapidly up the ladder to higher paying positions.

Transfer/Articulation Information
Students who earn an AAS degree in Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing have the option to transfer into the Technology Management Bachelor Degree at Utah Valley University. UVU will accept up to 45 technical credits towards this degree.

Program Entry Requirements
The collision repair technician’s work requires fast job analysis and the ability to visualize what is needed to restore the damaged vehicle. Those interested in entering auto collision repair and refinishing should be in good physical condition, have good hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and have an appreciation and understanding of color.

Students may start the major courses during the Fall semester only. For information on getting started, please visit

Estimated Cost for Students

Tuition per semester:
Tools and Supplies: $800
Books: $250

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

1. Students will gain entry level employment skills in Non-Structural Collision Damage Repair.

ACR 1100  and ACR 1111 

1. I-CAR WKR 01 Worker Protection.
General shop safety and working with potentially hazardous materials found in the industry.
2. I-CAR FCR 01 Fundamentals of Collision Repair
3. I-CAR WCS 01 Welding and Cutting Steel
4. I-CAR DAM 01 Damage Analysis Program one. Vehicle ID, Estimating Systems, and Terminology.
5. I-CAR DAM 02 Damage Analysis Program two. Frontal Impact Analysis.
6. I-CAR DAM 03 Damage Analysis Program three. Mechanical Systems Analysis.
7. I-CAR DAM 04 Damage Analysis Program four. Restraints, Interior Glass, Side and Rear Impact Analysis.
8. I-CAR WCS 05 Oxy-acetylene/Plasma Arc Cutting
9. I-CAR GLA 01 Movable Glass and Hardware

1, 3, 4

2. Students will gain entry level employment skills in Structural Collision Damage Repair.

ACR 1200  and ACR 1211 

1. I-CAR Corrosion Protection Steel.
2. I-CAR Stationary Glass 01 Stationary Glass Service
3. I-CAR MEA 01 Measuring
4. I-CAR SSS 01 Structural Straightening Steel
5. I-CAR SPS 01. Steel Unibody Front and Rear Rails, Floors and Front Structures
6. I-CAR SPS 02 Steel Unibody A-, B-, C-, D-Pillars, and Rocker Panels
7. I-CAR SPS 03 Steel Full Frame Sectioning
8. I-CAR WCS 03 Automotive Steel GMAW (MIG) Welding Qualification Test

1, 3, 4

3. Students will gain entry level employment skills in Surface Preparation and application of undercoats.

AR 1100  and AR 1111 

1. I-CAR WKR 01 Worker Protection.
General shop safety and working with potentially hazardous materials found in the industry.
2. I-CAR REF 04 Detailing0.
3. I-CAR REF 01 Refinishing Equipment And VOC Regulations
4. I-CAR REF 02 Surface Preparation and Masking

1, 3, 4

4. Students will gain entry level employment in the Application of Topcoats.

AR 1200  and AR 1211 

Theory and lab courses in advanced refinishing procedures and techniques including color matching and multi-stage finishes.

1, 3, 4

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

  • Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

  • Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.

Life Sciences (LS)  3-4
Fine Arts (FA)  3-4
Humanities (HU)  3
Interdisciplinary (ID)  3
Physical Science (PS)  3
Social Science (SS)  3

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of the first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. It is the students’ responsibility to understand the requirements for their chosen program of study. It is highly recommended that the student meet with the Program Advisor prior to starting this program. The Program Advisor may be reached in Academic and Career Advising.

The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing courses are taught during the day.

It is possible to earn some laboratory credit through cooperative education if students are employed in a related job involving automotive mechanics. With prior approval of a teaching faculty member and faculty CO-OP coordinator for the Automotive Department, students would register for the regular laboratory course.

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