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Automotive Collision Technology

The Automotive Collision Technology program of State Technical College of Missouri prepares students to pursue opportunities in many related careers including auto body repair, automotive painting, and collision damage estimating.  The Automotive Collision Technology program is accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).

Enrollment in the Automotive Collision Technology program is limited and students are selected for this program on a competitive basis. Contact the Office of Admissions for the specific application requirements and deadline.

Students may complete a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree or choose to pursue a one-year technical certificate in the area of Refinishing & Non-Structural Repair.  Upon successful completion of the One-Year Certificate in Refinishing & Non-Structural Repair, students may choose to pursue an additional One-Year Certificate in Structural & Mechanical Repair. Students benefit from intensive hands-on experience repairing a variety of damaged vehicles in a well-equipped auto collision repiar shop using an extensive inventory of power tools and accessories such as:

Aluminum Repair Station and Equipment

Pro Spot Squeeze Type Resistance Spot Welder

MIG/MAG Welders

Pulsed Spray Arc Aluminum Welders

Pulsed Spray Arc Silicon Bronze Welders

Car-O-Liner Computerized Measuring System

Chief Velocity Computerized Measuring System

Chief Impulse E/VHT Frame Rack

Car-O-Liner Bench Frame Rack

USI ITALIA Paint Booths

Solvent Paint Mixing System

Waterborne Paint Mixing System

DeVilbiss and Anest Iwata Paint Spraying Equipment

During the Automotive Collision Technology program, students have the opportunity to earn I-CAR Pro-Level 1 & 2 Non-structural Technician, Pro-Level 1 & 2 Refinishing Technician, Pro-Level 1 Structural Technician, and I-CAR MIG Steel Welding certifications.

Courses in electronic safety systems, repair blueprinting, and shop management ensure that graduates can advance and specialize in the field.

Students who graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology may pursue a second Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Collision Technology.

It is a graduation requirement of the Automotive Collision Technology (ACT) program for students to earn a grade of “C” or better in all “Core Curriculum” and “Program Requirements” courses.

To view program outcome data, visit https://www.statetechmo.edu/automotive-collision-program-facts/.

Program Mission

The mission of the Automotive Collision Technology program is to prepare students with the higher education, technical and interpersonal skills needed for employment in the challenging and highly technical career of Automotive Collision Technology in line with Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician and I-CAR certifications.

Program Goals
The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:

  • Knowledge and skills necessary to repair, replace, and estimate structural and non-structural damages and apply needed processes.
  • Electrical knowledge and skills needed to repair and maintain safety devices related to automotive industry. 
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Oral and written communication skills.

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

Classification of Instructional Programs - 47.0603


Core Curriculum

Credit Hours
ACT 111 Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 6
ACT 116 Refinishing Techniques 6
ACT 119 Specialized Non-Structural Applications 6
ACT 120 Specialized Paint Applications 6
ACT 205 Structural Damage Analysis 4
ACT 206 Vehicle Repair Blueprinting 4
ACT 233 Repair Applications I 4
ACT 234 Repair Applications II 4
Optional:
AMT 200 Sheet Metal Fabrication 3
SUB-TOTAL 40-43

General Education Requirements

Refer to the General Education Requirements and General Education Courses in the College Catalog.

Credit Hours
General Education Requirements 19
May Not Include:
ASC 104 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I 4
ASC 106 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II 4
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
SUB-TOTAL 19

Program Requirements

Credit Hours
AMT 157 Automotive Electrical Systems 5
AMT 268 Mechanical Systems and Power Accessories 5
WLT 161 ACT Welding 2
SUB-TOTAL 12

Graduation Requirements

Credit Hours
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1

It is a graduation requirement of the Automotive Collision Technology (ACT) program for students to earn a grade of "C" or better in all "Core Curriculum" and "Program Requirements" courses.

SUB-TOTAL 1
PROGRAM TOTAL 72-75

Refinishing & Non-Structural Repair Certificate - One-Year (C1)

Classification of Instructional Programs - 47.0603


Core Curriculum

Credit Hours
ACT 111 Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 6
ACT 116 Refinishing Techniques 6
ACT 119 Specialized Non-Structural Applications 6
ACT 120 Specialized Paint Applications 6
SUB-TOTAL 24

General Education Requirements

Refer to the General Education Requirements and General Education Courses in the College Catalog.

Credit Hours
Must Include:

Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication

3

Three credit hours from Area 5. Technical Literacy

3
May Not Include:
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
SUB-TOTAL 6

Program Requirements

Credit Hours
AMT 157 Automotive Electrical Systems 5
MAT 051 Introductory Algebra 4
WLT 161 ACT Welding 2
SUB-TOTAL 11

Graduation Requirements

Credit Hours
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1

It is a graduation requirement of the Automotive Collision Technology (ACT) program for students to earn a grade of "C" or better in all "Core Curriculum" and "Program Requirements" courses.

SUB-TOTAL 1
PROGRAM TOTAL 42

Structural & Mechanical Repair Certificate - One-Year (C1)

Classification of Instructional Programs - 47.0603


Core Curriculum

Credit Hours
ACT 205 Structural Damage Analysis 4
ACT 206 Vehicle Repair Blueprinting 4
ACT 233 Repair Applications I 4
ACT 234 Repair Applications II 4
SUB-TOTAL 16

General Education Requirements

Refer to the General Education Requirements and General Education Courses in the College Catalog.

Credit Hours
Must Include:

Three credit hours from Area 1. Oral & Written Communication

3

Three credit hours from Area 5. Technical Literacy

3
May Not Include:
NST 101 Network Fundamentals 3
SUB-TOTAL 6

Program Requirements

Credit Hours
AMT 268 Mechanical Systems and Power Accessories 5
MAT 051 Introductory Algebra 4
WLT 161 ACT Welding 2
SUB-TOTAL 11

Graduation Requirements

Credit Hours
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1

It is a graduation requirement of the Automotive Collision Technology (ACT) program for students to earn a grade of "C" or better in all "Core Curriculum" and "Program Requirements" courses.

SUB-TOTAL 1
PROGRAM TOTAL 34

Courses

ACT 111: Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair

This course teaches students how to identify, analyze, and repair non-structural damage to vehicles including personal safety practices, preparation, panel replacement, and alignment. Students also work with trim, metal straightening and repair methods, moveable glass, and hardware.

Credit Hours: 6

ACT 116: Refinishing Techniques

This course is an introduction to automotive finishes. Topics include preparing the equipment, the surface for refinishing, paint, and refinish materials; applying the finish; solving paint application problems; tinting and blending; color theory; and applying applicable safety and environmental practices.

Credit Hours: 6

ACT 119: Specialized Non-Structural Applications

This course covers specialized collision repair application processes including but not limited to aluminum repair and the uses of adhesives and foams in vehicle construction.

Requisites:
Prerequisite ACT 111 minimum grade C
and
Prerequisite ACT 116 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 6

ACT 120: Specialized Paint Applications

This course provides students with an understanding of waterborne paint processes and introduces theories and application of cycle time techniques.

Requisites:
Prerequisite ACT 111 minimum grade C
and
Prerequisite ACT 116 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 6

ACT 205: Structural Damage Analysis

This course teaches students to identify, analyze, and repair structural damage of vehicle bodies and vehicle body components. Welding methods are also covered.

Requisites:
Prerequisite ACT 119 minimum grade C
Prerequisite ACT 120 minimum grade C
and
Prerequisite WLT 161 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

ACT 206: Vehicle Repair Blueprinting

This course teaches students how to identify, analyze, plan, estimate, and repair structural damage to unibody and frame vehicles.

Requisites:
Prerequisite ACT 119 minimum grade C
Prerequisite ACT 120 minimum grade C
and
Prerequisite WLT 161 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

ACT 233: Repair Applications I

This course includes the review and application of non-structural auto collision repair procedures covered in previous courses. Emphasis is given to applying industry specifications to the analysis and repair of actual and simulated auto collision work. An introduction to alternative fuel vehicles is also included.

Requisites:
Prerequisite ACT 205 minimum grade C
Prerequisite ACT 206 minimum grade C
and
Prerequisite WLT 161 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

ACT 234: Repair Applications II

This course includes the review and application of structural auto collision repair procedures covered in previous courses. Emphasis is given to applying industry specifications to the analysis and repair of actual and simulated auto collision work. Advanced aluminum repair techniques are also included.

Requisites:
Prerequisite ACT 205 minimum grade C
Prerequisite ACT 206 minimum grade C
and
Prerequisite WLT 161 minimum grade C

Credit Hours: 4

AMT 157: Automotive Electrical Systems

This course teaches the construction, operation and servicing of the electrical, air conditioning, and safety systems of the automobile as applied to collision repair. Battery, starting and generating systems, and power accessories are also covered.

Credit Hours: 5

AMT 200: Sheet Metal Fabrication

This course teaches the skills and use of equipment needed to perform sheet metal fabrication of components related to performance and vintage vehicles.

Credit Hours: 3

AMT 268: Mechanical Systems and Power Accessories

This course teaches the theory, application, and servicing of automobile mechanical systems as applied to collision repair. Emphasis is placed on brake, suspension, steering systems.

Credit Hours: 5

WLT 161: ACT Welding

This course teaches the metal work skills needed in the automotive collision repair industry. Students learn to perform gas metal arc welding (GMAW) on auto body steel and use an oxy-fuel torch to cut and shrink metal while completing I-CAR certification projects.

Credit Hours: 2

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