Dec 05, 2022  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 64 credits minimum

Program Website
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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.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Supplies: $800

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

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

General Education Requirements

Complete all General Education courses. Refer to Notes for program specific requirements and recommendations.


Program General Education Notes


Quantitative Studies (QS): IND 1120

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Gain entry level employment skills in Non-Structural Collision Damage Repair. [1,3,4]

    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

  • Gain entry level employment skills in Structural Collision Damage Repair. [1,3,4]

    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

  • Gain entry level employment skills in Surface Preparation and application of undercoats. [1,3,4]

    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

  • Gain entry level employment in the Application of Topcoats.  Theory and lab courses in advanced refinishing procedures and techniques including color matching and multi-stage finishes. [1,3,4]