Automotive Collision Technology

Today's automobile is designed and engineered at a higher level of technology than ever before. This produces a high demand for trained repair technicians who can meet the increased technical challenges. This program prepares students for employment in automotive dealership service centers, independent repair shops, and specialty or customized shops. The Collision repair technician field is rapidly changing and relies more and more on advanced knowledge-particularly in the refinishing, frame repairs and electronics areas. As a well-trained technician with current skills, you can expect rapid employment and a steady rising income. In addition, this program includes preparation for the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certification.

Course Offerings

Auto Collision 10

Course Numbers: 11103 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Auto Collision 10: In this course, students will engage in hands-on training in collision repair materials and their applications; metal straightening fundamentals; plastic and composite repairs; surface preparation; refinish fundamentals; color matching; refinishing defect; analysis and repair; introduction to custom painting, decal, and trim; removal and replacement.


Auto Collision 11

Course Numbers: 11104 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Auto Collision 11: In this course, students will engage in hands-on training in welding cutting and heating applications; automotive vehicle construction; panel replacement (bolt on); door service; glass removal and installation procedures; structural repair equipment preparation and set up; structural part repair and replacement procedures; and corrosion protection materials and applicatons. Students will also study mechanical repairs and estimating repair costs as well as shop ownership; management; finance; and entrepreneurship.


Auto Collision 12

Course Numbers: 11105 (4.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Auto Collision 12: In this course, students will engage in hands-on training on shop management; identification and measurement of structural damage; structural repair and alignment; interior repairs; restraint system service and precautions; suspension geometry alignment; electrical and electronic component service and replacement; troubleshooting and maintenance; and business technology. Students will explore job acquisition skills, including resume and cover letter writing and completing job applications.


Auto Collision 9

Course Numbers: 11102 (1.50)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Auto Collision 9: In this course, students will engage in hands-on training in general safety and safety equipment (personal and shop); safety rules, guidelines, practices, and regulations; and OSHA and Right to Know regulations. Students will also utilize hand tools; collision repair specialty tools; power tools and equipment. Students will study measurement, including standard; metric; distance; linear; liquid measurements; tolerances; and allowances and will learn to decipher service information; standards and specifications; manufacturer procedures and repair recommendations; sequential order; data collections; values; comparisons; and analysis. Students will also explore technology applications, including software, computers, and scanners.


RT-Auto Coll 10

Course Numbers: 11007 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Auto Collision Grade 10: In this course, students will engage in theory and training of collision repair materials and their applications; metal straightening fundamentals; plastic and composite repairs; surface preparation; refinish fundamentals; color matching; refinish defect, analysis, and repair; custom painting; decal and trim; removal and replacement. Students will also complete reading, writing, and math assignments related to the automotive collision repair industry.


RT-Auto Coll 11

Course Numbers: 11008 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Auto Collision Grade 11: In this course, student will engage in theory and training of welding, cutting, and heating applications; automotive vehicle construction; panel replacement door service; glass removal and installation procedures; structural repair; equipment preparation and set up; structural part repair and replacement procedures; corrosion protection materials and applications. Students will also engage in mechanical repairs; estimating repair costs; shop ownership; management; finance; and entrepreneurship. Students will also complete reading, writing, and math assignments related to the automotive collision repair industry.


RT-Auto Coll 12

Course Numbers: 11009 (1.00)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Auto Collision Grade 12: In this course, students will engage in the theory and training in job acquisition skills, including resume and cover letter writing and job application forms; interview practice and techniques;job success skills; entrepreneurship; identification and measurement of structural damage; structural repair and alignment; interior repairs; restraint system service and precautions; suspension geometry and alignment; electrical and electronic component service and replacement; troubleshooting and maintenance; and business technology. Students will also complete reading, writing, and math assignments related to the automotive collision repair industry.


RT-Auto Coll 9

Course Numbers: 11006 (0.25)(C)

Type: High School
Area: Career Vocational Tech (74)

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Related Theory Auto Collision Grade 9: In this course, students will engage in the study of the operation and management of a collision repair facility; the repair process; employment opportunities; career paths; and introduction to customer service. Students will also prepare for hands-on experience in the collision repair shop by exploring general safety; safety equipment (personal and shop); safety rules, guidelines, practices, and regulations; OSHA and Right-to-Know regulations; hand tools; collision repair specialty and power tools; measurement; use of technology; marketing; and personal finance. Students will complete reading, writing, and math assignments related to the automobile collision repair industry.


Cooperative Education and Internship Opportunities

All eligible students have the opportunity to participate in Cooperative Education and Internship experiences at a variety of approved learning sites across the city in their junior and/or senior year.  While the requirements and specific opportunities vary from school to school, and program to program, the structured combination of classroom based education and practical work experience provides students with the skills necessary to comfortably navigate the world of work.  Some of the internship and cooperative education opportunities students have experienced include the following partnership/s:

  • Foley’s Collision Center
  • Harr Toyota Auto Body
  • Kilcoyne Auto Body
  • Waldron Auto Body
  • Worcester Truck Body

Career Opportunities

  • Collision Repair Technician
  • Damage Appraiser
  • Parts Department Paint Refinishing Technician
  • Body Shop Manager
  • Instructor
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