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:
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/.
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.
The goals of the program are to provide the opportunity for students to develop:
|ACT||110||Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair||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|
|ACT||200||Sheet Metal Fabrication||(3)|
|GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS|
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|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|
|AMT||156||Automotive Electrical Systems||7|
|AMT||257||Mechanical Systems and Power Accessories||7|
|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.|
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.