The Collision Repair program is designed to develop knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the collision repair industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn the proper use of tools and equipment, automobile design, drive train systems, front wheel suspension, metal straightening techniques, repair of plastic body panels, repair and replacement of moveable and stationary glass, MIG welding and body panel replacement, measuring and straightening of unibody and conventional frames, paint refinishing and color matching, final detailing and basic mechanical repairs that relate to collision work. Students will learn removal and installation of electrically operated components and repair such as windows, dash equipment, seats, and radios. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the program’s Collision Repair Club.
Job opportunities are abundant throughout the nation. Upon graduation, the students are considered advanced apprentices. There are many opportunities for employment in collision repair and other businesses, especially with the expanding technology and growth. Work may be found in auto repair shops, paint shops, dealership service centers, RV shops, and boat manufacturers.
Typically work is inside shops. Collision repair workers are often unsupervised; therefore, employers stress good work habits, especially time spent in task. Those who are conscientious and able to work quickly will earn the best wages.
This program has physical requirements that may affect the student’s ability to perform in the collision repair field. These requirements can be found at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics website and O-Net On Line. Necessary aptitudes include the ability to visualize two and three dimensional objects and color, manual dexterity, average hand-eye coordination, ability to work in a noisy environment, ability to use math in estimating and calculating materials, and good physical condition.
The average beginning wage in this area is approximately $10.00 to $15.00 per hour, but rises depending on the level of training. An average rate for experienced workers is $23.50 per hour. Larger metropolitan areas pay higher wages.
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