Program Description The Automotive Collision Technology program provides training in all eight instructional areas certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, an evaluation board of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Certification is based on compliance with standards developed by the automotive industry. All BSC instructors have achieved Master ASE certification expertise. Automotive Technology is a limited enrollment, 11-month program that prepares graduates for entry-level jobs. A class of 18 students is enrolled in August. A $100 deposit is required upon acceptance and applies toward tuition.
Students are trained in metal finishing, frame straightening, welding, painting and glass replacement using modern, specialized equipment (GENESIS frame measuring system) in a spacious, well-lighted, air-filtered shop. Besides shop work, students spend part of each day studying basic theories, materials and shop management. Classes meet 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays.
Preparation Technicians need good reading and basic mathematics and computer skills for studying technical manuals. Knowledge of automobile parts manuals and equipment is also necessary. High school courses in math and welding are useful.
Program Requirements Students who complete the curriculum requirements earn a Program Certificate (44 credits). Additional coursework may lead to a Program Diploma (60 credits) or Associate in Applied Science degree (60 credits). Required minimum placement scores: ACT Composite - 14 or higher COMPASS Reading - 69 or higher
Students must have a specified tool set and toolbox, two pair of purchased coveralls, books, padlock, and sturdy leather shoes. For a complete list, go to Estimated Costs.
Career Opportunities There are countless opportunities in the automotive collision technology industry. Employment is available throughout the country with good wages and high demand for well-trained technicians.
Career Possibilities: Automobile Collision Technician, Insurance Adjuster, Paint Representative, Automotive Supply Salesman,Glass Installer, Frame Technician, and Body Shop Owner.
Additional Information Awareness of these technical standards may help students determine suitability for this career.
INDUSTRY TECHNICAL STANDARDS
Must have the ability to perform close accurate work, communicate effectively with others, present information in a clear, concise manner and follow verbal and written instructions.
Requires good finger dexterity, good color vision and hearing, and ability to speak.
Requires continuous walking, frequent standing, bending, stooping, climbing stairs and ladders,kneeling, lifting and carrying up to 50 pounds.
Reaching above and below shoulder level, and occasional sitting, crawling, lifting 50 pounds fromknee to shoulder high, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
Requires continuous use of tools and occasional use of foot controls.
Continuous use of respirators or fresh air systems is required.
Continuously exposed to noise, frequently exposed to dirt, dust, fumes, chemicals, and extreme heat and cold, and occasionally exposed to vibration, poorventilation, and confined areas.