Automotive Collision Technology- CURRICULUM AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

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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 repair shop using an extensive inventory of power tools and accessories such as:

  • Aluminum Repair Station and Equipment
  • Chief Impulse E/VHT Frame Rack
  • Pro Spot Squeeze Type Resistance Spot Welder
  • Car-O-Liner Bench Frame Rack
  • MIG/MAG Welders
  • USI ITALIA Paint Booths
  • Pulsed Spray Arc Aluminum Welders
  • Solvent Paint Mixing System
  • Pulsed Spray Arc Silicon Bronze Welders
  • Waterborne Paint Mixing System
  • Car-O-Liner Computerized Measuring System
  • DeVilbiss and Anest Iwata Paint Spraying Equipment
  • Chief Velocity Computerized Measuring System

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/programs/transportationtech/act/actfacts/.

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 Certification 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.
    CORE CURRICULUM  
      Credit Hours
ACT 110 Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 5
ACT 115 Refinishing Techniques 5
ACT 117 Specialized Non-Structural Applications 5
ACT 118 Specialized Paint Applications 5
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:    
ACT 200 Sheet Metal Fabrication (3)
SUB-TOTAL 36-39

 

    GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS  
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  
AMT 156 Automotive Electrical Systems 7
AMT 257 Mechanical Systems and Power Accessories 7
WLT 161 ACT Welding 2
SUB-TOTAL 16

 

    GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  
COM 125 Job Search Strategies 1
SUB-TOTAL 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.
       
    PROGRAM TOTAL 72-75

 

Class Descriptions

ACT  110  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, movable glass, and hardware.  5 credit hours.

ACT  115  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.  5 credit hours.

ACT  117   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.  Prerequisites:  ACT 110 and ACT 115 with a grade of “C” or better.  5 credit hours.

ACT  118      Specialized Paint Applications.  This course provides students with an understanding of waterborne paint processes and introduces theories and application of cycle time techniques.  Prerequisites:  ACT 110 and ACT 115 with a grade of “C” or better.  5 credit hours.

ACT  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.  Prerequisite:  WLT 128 or WLT 161 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

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.  Prerequisites:  ACT 117, ACT 118, and WLT 161 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

ACT  206          Vehicle Repair Blueprinting.  This course teaches students how to identify, analyze, plan, estimate, and repair structural damage to unibody and frame vehicles. Prerequisites:  ACT 117, ACT 118, and WLT 161 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

ACT  220     Body Repair and Painting.  This course is an independent study course designed to develop and enhance the special interests of certificate students.  Projects and topics will be individualized and will include research and application of theory.  Prerequisites:  ACT 205 and ACT 206 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

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.  Prerequisites:  ACT 205, ACT 206, and WLT 161 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

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.  Prerequisites:  ACT 205, ACT 206, and WLT 161 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

ACT  225    Collision Repair Internship.  This course will provide the student with a day-to-day knowledge of a working body shop.  The student must fill out the required forms from the instructor.  The instructor will visit with the student on the job to be sure that the requirements for the internship are being administered.  Prerequisites:  ACT 205 and ACT 206 with a grade of “C” or better.  8 credit hours.

ACT  299  Special Topics in Automotive Collision Technology.   Special Topics in Automotive Collision Technology (ACT) may include instruction on topics not covered in other ACT courses.  Topics covered in other ACT courses may also be covered in more depth in this special topics course.  Projects may be undertaken in any area related to the major program with credit hours determined by the level and amount of involvement.  The minimum involvement required for one credit is 30 contact hours.  The specific topic(s), objectives, plan of instruction, and evaluation criteria must be documented in the syllabus; approved by the Department/Division Chair; and filed in the Academic Records Office.  Students may complete more than one Special Topics course, provided that the credits earned in this manner do not exceed a total of four (4) credits.  1-4 credit hours.