Academic Catalog

Automotive Collision Technician AAT Degree

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 5 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
Successful completion of Introduction to Automotive or equivalent.

Skilled automotive collision technicians may be employed in new car dealerships, independent auto collision shops, and industrial and government agency motor pools.

Graduates of this program may enter the trade with considerable practical skills gained through actual hands-on repair experience throughout the program.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, quantitative reasoning and social sciences that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills.

To receive a certificate or degree in an automotive program all courses must be completed with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

To remain in the program all students must have the required textbooks by the start of the third week of classes, required tools by the start of the second quarter and successfully complete ENG 094 and MAT 091 by the end of the third quarter.

Students pursuing an AAT degree must complete all college degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone-project, diversity and computer-literacy requirements.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
IAUT 102Introduction to Automotive Trades3
IAUT 104Introduction to Automotive Electrical4
IAUT 115Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes5
IAUT 130Automotive HVAC2
IAUT 139Basic Automotive Welding5
ACT 102Fundamentals of Collision Repair3
ACT 106Body Shop Equipment3
ACT 110Welding, Heating & Cutting4
ACT 115Plastics/SMC Repair4
ACT 120Glass, Trim & Hardware5
ACT 125Introduction to Metal Straightening3
ACT 132Panel Replacement6
ACT 133Panel Repair6
ACT 134CAPAuto Collision Major Repair5
ACT 141Auto Body Aluminum Repair4
ACT 145Collision Estimating5
ACT 151Refinish Equipment Preparation6
ACT 154Topcoat Refinishing8
ACT 156Pre-Prime Preparation5
ACT 157Post-Prime Preparation5
ACT 166CAPSurface Imperfections/Exterior Trim5
ACT 171Plastic Refinishing5
English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking5
Any 100-Level Math Class5
General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)5
Computer Literacy Requirements3
 Technical Credits119

Introduction to Automotive Trades

Item #
IAUT 102
Total Credits
3

This course is an introduction to the automotive industry. Students will learn about the industry, automobile safety, pollution and hygiene, basic hand tools, fasteners and resume preparation.

Co-requisites
IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Introduction to Automotive Electrical

Item #
IAUT 104
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to automotive electrical systems. Students will learn electrical theory, basic electrical testing equipment and procedures and proper wire splicing and repairs.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Introduction to Automotive Steering, Suspension & Brakes

Item #
IAUT 115
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive steering, suspension and braking systems. Students will learn the basic theory of these systems, how to put a vehicle on a lift and perform inspections, and how to perform a four-wheel alignment.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 130, IAUT 139.
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Automotive HVAC

Item #
IAUT 130
Total Credits
2

Students will learn auto HVAC system diagnosis and proper service techniques.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 139.
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Basic Automotive Welding

Item #
IAUT 139
Total Credits
5

This course is an introduction to automotive welding. Includes basic welding using Oxy-Fuel, MIG and other processes used in automotive repair.

Co-requisites
IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130.
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Fundamentals of Collision Repair

Item #
ACT 102
Total Credits
3

Explores career safety, industry certifications, vehicle construction and an overview of the career field.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Body Shop Equipment

Item #
ACT 106
Total Credits
3

Covers operating hand tools, power tools and shop equipment. Explores air systems and their design and function.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

Welding, Heating & Cutting

Item #
ACT 110
Total Credits
4

Covers the skills of welding, heating and cutting as they relate to the collision industry. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Plastics/SMC Repair

Item #
ACT 115
Total Credits
4

Explores plastic, fiberglass and SMC repairs as they relate to the collision industry.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Glass, Trim & Hardware

Item #
ACT 120
Total Credits
5

Covers the practical skills used to repair and replace door locks and windows and to repair water leaks on car and truck bodies, interior parts and door skin. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Introduction to Metal Straightening

Item #
ACT 125
Total Credits
3

Introduces basic body-panel straightening techniques.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Panel Replacement

Item #
ACT 132
Total Credits
6

Covers the fundamentals of replacing hoods, bumpers, fenders, grilles, lids and other bolted-on panels. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Panel Repair

Item #
ACT 133
Total Credits
6

Covers metal-straightening fundamentals, including proper tool usage; application of fillers; and sanding for proper size, shape and texture.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

Auto Collision Major Repair

Item #
ACT 134CAP
Total Credits
5

Introduces vehicle damage measuring systems, straightening auto body structure and replacing structural components. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Auto Body Aluminum Repair

Item #
ACT 141
Total Credits
4

This course is an introduction to aluminum body repair.

Prerequisites
ACT 102-125.
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Collision Estimating

Item #
ACT 145
Total Credits
5

Covers collision damage estimating, reviewing work orders and acquiring work skills for job success. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

Refinish Equipment Preparation

Item #
ACT 151
Total Credits
6

Covers paint-shop equipment and painting fundamentals.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Topcoat Refinishing

Item #
ACT 154
Total Credits
8

Covers color matching, final masking, surface cleaning and topcoat finishing. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
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Pre-Prime Preparation

Item #
ACT 156
Total Credits
5

Explores corrosion protections and vehicle refinish preparation. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

Post-Prime Preparation

Item #
ACT 157
Total Credits
5

Explores final preparations, blocking and final sanding for application of topcoat. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

Surface Imperfections/Exterior Trim

Item #
ACT 166CAP
Total Credits
5

Covers paint-application problem solving, final detailing, decals and trimming.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

Plastic Refinishing

Item #
ACT 171
Total Credits
5

Covers paint-shop equipment and painting fundamentals as they relate to plastics.

Prerequisites
Successful completion of IAUT 102, IAUT 104, IAUT 115, IAUT 130, IAUT and 139.
CLOSE

English Composition (or higher) or Public Speaking

Total Credits
5
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Any 100-Level Math Class

Total Credits
5
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General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class)

Total Credits
5
CLOSE

Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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