The associate of applied science (AAS) degree in auto body repair prepares students to master the fundamentals of repairing and refinishing damaged vehicles and their components. Classroom knowledge is applied through hands-on learning in the technologically advanced shop.
Students learn about damage analysis, cost estimation, welding, metal body panel repair and replacement, cutting and repairing fiberglass body parts, auto glass, and body trim repair. Students also learn how to mix and apply paint to vehicles and parts during classroom and laboratory experiences in the shop’s modern paint booth.
In addition to field specific technical knowledge, students also gain a foundation in business and work experience. Auto body repair instructor Todd Vacek said, “Today’s auto body technician must have good communication skills, have math skills and realize that today’s cars are more complex than they used to be. It means it’s more than a skilled trade, more like art, because working body filler is about sculpting.”
Auto Body Repair certificate
This program provides instruction in the repair and refinishing of damaged vehicle bodies and components of automobiles and light trucks. Students will learn damage analysis, cost estimation, welding, cutting and repairing fiberglass body parts, auto glass and body trim repair procedures, techniques for the refinishing of repaired surfaces, and how to mix and apply the proper paint to the repaired component of the vehicle. This certificate will not have the required Workplace Experience Course nor the electrical systems course found in the AAS degree.