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 which include auto body repair, auto body painting, auto body estimating (shop supervisor), and collision damage estimating (insurance).  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 body shop using an extensive inventory of power tools and accessories.

The Automotive Collision Technology program contributes to the green economy by teaching students to repair vehicles that may otherwise be discarded.  The program uses waterborne paint technology to reduce the program’s carbon footprint.  Most parts used in the program are used or recycled assemblies.  Solvents and other chemicals are recycled to help reduce water, air, and soil contamination.

Courses in electrical systems, shop metal, 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 I-CAR Training and Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Master Technician Certification.

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 101 Basic Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 2
ACT 102 Basic Refinishing Techniques 2
ACT 103 Advanced Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair 2
ACT 104 Advanced Refinishing Techniques 2
ACT 107 Auto Plastic Repair 3
ACT 108 Tinting and Blending 3
ACT 205 Structural Analysis I 4
ACT 206 Structural Analysis II 4
ACT 223 Non-Structural Repair Applications 7
ACT 224 Structural Repair Applications 7
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  
WLT 151 ACT Welding 3
AMT 154 Automotive Electrical Systems 6
AMT 267 Mechanical Systems and Power Accessories 6
SUB-TOTAL 15

 

    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 71-74

 

Class Descriptions

ACT  101  Basic Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair.  This course is an introduction to identifying, analyzing, and repairing 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.  2 credit hours.

ACT  102  Basic Refinishing Techniques.  This course is an introduction to automotive finishes.  Topics include preparing the equipment, the surface for refinishing, and the paint and refinish materials; applying the finish; solving paint application problems; and application of the safety and environmental practices needed in the refinishing process.  2 credit hours.

ACT  103  Advanced Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair.  This course is a continuation of identifying, analyzing, and repairing non-structural damage to vehicles, including personal safety practices, preparation, panel replacement, and alignment.  Students continue to work with trim, metal straightening and repair methods, moveable glass, and hardware.  Prerequisites:  ACT 101 and ACT 102 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

ACT  104  Advanced Refinishing Techniques.  In this course students continue to learn and work with automotive finishes.  Topics include preparing the equipment, the surface for refinishing, and the paint and refinish materials; applying the finish; solving paint application problems; and application of the safety and environmental practices needed in the refinishing process.  Prerequisites:  ACT 101 and ACT 102 with a grade of “C” or better.  2 credit hours.

ACT  107          Auto Plastic Repair.  This course covers the identification and repair process of plastic materials currently used in automotive vehicles.  Prerequisites:  ACT 103 and ACT 104 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

 ACT  108       Tinting and Blending.  This course provides students with an understanding of how light sources, pigments, and application affect color changes in the refinishing/blending process.  Students will have the opportunity to apply the proper steps and techniques in a lab environment.  Prerequisites:  ACT 103 and ACT 104 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 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 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  3 credit hours.

ACT  205        Structural Analysis I.  Identifying, analyzing, and repairing structural damage of vehicle bodies and vehicle body components.  Prerequisites:  ACT 107, ACT 108, and WLT 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  4 credit hours.

 ACT  206     Structural Analysis II.  Identifying, analyzing, and repairing underbody structural damage to unibody and frame vehicles. Prerequisites:  ACT 107, ACT 108, and WLT 151 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  223              Non-Structural Repair Applications.  Theory/application of auto body non-structural systems.  Emphasis is given to live and simulated work analysis and repair procedures according to industry specifications.  Complete refinishing and color matching.  Blending techniques are also included.  Safety is stressed.  Prerequisites:  ACT 205, ACT 206, and WLT 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  7 credit hours.

ACT  224   Structural Repair Applications.  Theory/application repair of auto body structural systems.  Emphasis is given to live and simulated work analysis and repair procedures, according to industry specifications.  Complete refinishing and color matching.  Blending techniques are also included.  Safety is stressed.  Prerequisites:  ACT 205, ACT 206, and WLT 151 with a grade of “C” or better.  7 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.