Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Eduardo Rosado
Department Head

203-578-8724

Eduardo.Rosado@ct.gov

James Lilienthal
Instructor

203-578-8727
James.Lilienthal@ct.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Technical High School System's Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Grade 10

3 Credits
Basic Collision Repair

Grade 11

3 Credits
Collision Component Repair

Grade 12

3 Credits
Advanced Collision Repair

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing (CR110) (3 credits)
All Grade 9 students go through the Exploratory Program. Students deciding to enter the field of Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing will be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students are introduced to a variety of collision repair and refinishing practices, such as metal cutting, straightening and welding. Bolt-on replacement panel installation and panel alignment is introduced and practiced. Students are instructed in hand tools and their use, abrasives and their applications and fastener identification. Students are introduced to refinishing techniques and are guided through planned activities and projects to determine skill and ability. Students learn of the extensive variety of careers available within the collision, repair and refinishing industry. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Basic Collision Repair (CR210) (3 credits)
In Grade 10, students examine the many types of contemporary vehicle construction. Repair strategies are formulated based on vehicle construction to provide safe, quality, permanent repairs. Students are instructed in and practice repair procedures for minor damage on actual vehicle parts. Fastener applications are examined. Cutting, welding and shaping of various metals are taught and practiced along with panel straightening. Appropriate use of body filler application, shaping and finishing is taught and demonstrated. Students practice body filler application and finishing on actual vehicle parts. Compressed air systems and the components are investigated. The many processes of painting and refinishing are introduced and demonstrated with primers, base coats and finish coats. Masking is introduced and practiced. Students continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Collision Component Repair (CR310) (3 credits)
In Grade 11, instruction in painting and refinishing is expanded. Complete vehicle refinishing is introduced and practiced with advanced masking. Students apply multistage coatings. Plastic component repair and advanced abrasives are covered. Fixed and movable glass replacement is taught and practiced as is computer estimating. The students will perform in-school auto repair work for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Advanced Collision Repair (CR410) (3 credits)
In Grade 12, perimeter, box and unibody frame measurement and damage determination and repair are taught, demonstrated and practiced. Frame measuring and measuring systems are introduced and practiced. Students diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Weld-on and bonded panel installation is demonstrated and practiced. Collision shop business management and customer service are introduced and discussed. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. The students will perform in-school auto repair for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Each senior will take several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exams, an industry recognized assessmentTechnology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Students’ at all four grade levels will be exposed to training materials and assessments from I-CAR (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair). I-CAR is the industry recognized association that delivers continuing education to collision repair professionals in the field. Students will earn real I-CAR credentials that will demonstrate the skills they have acquired in their Collision Repair program at a Connecticut technical high school

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or a four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as collision repair technicians in independent collision repair facilities or new/used vehicle dealerships. Damage estimating and vehicle appraisal are fields in which many graduates find employment. Additional employment in manufacturing or production facilities requiring painted or coated finished products is also a viable employment option.

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