Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

Thousands of vehicles are involved in collisions every day. Many of these cars and trucks need to be properly restored to pre-accident condition. This is the job of the automotive collision repair technician. You can learn the skills necessary to get started in this exciting and rewarding career at Northeast. The National Automotive Technician’s Education Foundation (NATEF) certified, Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program at Northeast offers training in all aspects of automotive collision repair, based on ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) standards.  Upon successful completion of the program, students will possess the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to excel in the workplace or as a solid foundation toward a post-secondary degree. The Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program at Northeast has articulation agreements with area technical colleges for those students who wish to further their training after graduation. Student safety is a priority in the Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing program. Shop facilities and training conform to OSHA standards and all students in the program receive the OSHA certified 10 Hour General Industry safety course.   FACILITIES:  GFS Water-borne and SprayBake Downdraft spray booths, Survivair fresh-air supplied respirator system, PPG computerized paint mixing system, Chief E-Z Liner frame machine, Chief universal frame measuring system, ADP ShopLink and Mitchell computerized auto damage estimating systems, heat inductor adhesive removal tool, mig and aluminum welders, Eagle II dent removal machine, plasma and oxy-acetylene cutting equipment.

 Sample Job Titles:  

  • Automotive Body and Related Repairers
  • Insurance Appraisers
  • Auto Damage Estimator/Appraiser Claims Adjuster
  • Field Inspector/Appraiser
  • Painter/Refinisher Technician
  • Glass Technician

Technical and Higher Education Majors:

  • Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians
  • Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician
  • Restoration, Frame Repair

Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing graduates have been employed at these local businesses:

  •  Lannan Chevrolet, Woburn, MA European Auto Body, Revere, MA
  •  Woburn Imported Cars, Woburn, MA Expert Auto Body, Wakefield, MA
  •  Krazy Custom Cycles, Wilmington, MA Nickole Auto Body, Saugus, MA
  •  Precision Auto, Wakefield, MA Mahoney’s Auto Body, Woburn, MA
  •  Today’s Auto Collision Repair Center, Chelsea & Malden, MA

Certification and Career Advancement:   Certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), although voluntary, is the pervasive industry credential for non entry-level automotive body repairers. This is especially true in large, urban areas. Repairers may take up to four ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Exams. Repairers who pass at least one exam and have 2 years of hands-on work experience earn ASE certification. The completion of a post-secondary program in automotive body repair may be substituted for 1 year of work experience. Those who pass all four exams become ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technicians. Automotive body repairers must retake the examination at least every 5 years to retain their certification. Many vehicle manufacturers and paint manufacturers also have product certification programs that can advance a repairers career.

CONNECTIONS TO WORK AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Industry Affiliations:  SKILLS USA, National Automotive Technicans Education Foundation (NATEF)

Industry Certifications available in High School:

OSHA 10 hour General Industry Certification

Mobile Air Conditioning (MACS) Refrigerant Certification

I-CAR Platinum Individual Recognition Certification

College Credits toward post-secondary certifications/degrees can be earned through Articulation Agreements with:

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) :   Tuition Credit

 New England Institute of Technology (NEIT):  Tuition Credit for the following courses:

TT105 Intro. to Transportation Technology – 2 cr.
AUB118 Welding for Collision Repair – 2 cr.
AUB101 Fundmtls. Auto Body Metal Repair – 3 cr.
AUB103 Fundmtls. Auto Body Metal Repair Lab – 2 cr.
AUB137  Fundmtls Parts and Refinishing Equip – 2 cr.
AUB138 Fund Parts and Refinishing Equip. Lab – 2 cr.

PREPARATION FOR MASSACHUSETTS EXAMINATION TO BECOME LICENSED AUTO DAMAGE APPRAISER: COURSE AVAILABLE THROUGH NE ADULT EDUCATION PROGRAM: must be at least 18 years old with 2 years work experience in field.

AUTOMOTIVE COLLISION REPAIR & REFINISHING:  COURSE OF STUDY 

GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #ABX 1.4 CREDITS During grade 9 exploratory, students will receive instruction in auto body shop safety and basic auto body repair techniques. Course content introduces students to vehicle construction, minor dent repair, masking, automotive detailing and basic airbrushing skills.

GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #ABXF-16 4 CREDITS​ During grade 9 shop, course content will include content on the safe and proper use of all hand and power tools used in the collision repair industry. Students will be introduced to basic automotive welding, and automotive refinishing procedures.

GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #AB2 20 CREDITS During grade 10 shop, students will receive instruction on vehicle construction and nomenclature, computer estimating, sheet metal repair, advanced automotive welding, water-borne and solvent-based paint mixing, surface preparation and refinishing, non-structural body repair and plastic welding.

GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE #AB2R 5 CREDITS This course provides students with the theory necessary to understand the basic repair and refinishing techniques used in the collision repair and refinishing industry. Coursework is designed to address NATEF objectives. Students receive instruction in tool use and safety, vehicle construction and shop equipment procedures. Students will also attain their OSHA 10 hour general safety card as part of their instruction. Instructional delivery includes presentations, reading and writing assignments, classroom demonstrations, self-paced computer instruction and visual media presentations. Reading, writing and math assignments related to the collision repair industry are also integrated with the academic frameworks.

GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE #AB3 25 CREDITS During grade 11 shop, course content will focus on more advanced non-structural and structural damage while students hone their skills on live work and project vehicles. Instruction will include: damage analysis and measuring, body panel preparation, panel alignment, auto glass removal and installation and proper refinishing techniques.

GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #AB3R 5 CREDITS This course provides students with the theory necessary to understand the basic repair and refinishing techniques at an advanced level of instruction used in the collision repair and refinishing industry. Instruction builds on coursework from the previous year and is designed to address NATEF objectives. Students receive instruction in automotive refinishing and equipment use and application, dent repair techniques and equipment and MIG welding. Instructional delivery includes presentations, reading and writing assignments, classroom demonstrations, self-paced computer instruction and visual media presentations. Reading, writing and math assignments related to the collision repair industry are also integrated with the academic frameworks. Introduction to the Jr./Sr. Project graduation requirement is also a component of their related instruction.

GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #AB4 25 CREDITS During grade 12 shop, course content will include removing and replacing structural panels, identifying, measuring and straightening frame and unibody damage and diagnosing mechanical and electrical component problems. Instruction will also emphasize the development of desirable employability skills.

GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #AB4R 5 CREDITS This course provides students with the theory necessary to understand the basic repair and refinishing techniques at an advanced level of instruction used in the collision repair and refinishing industry. Instruction builds on coursework from the previous year and is designed to address NATEF objectives. Students receive instruction in frame damage analysis, computer estimating and mechanical and electrical components. Instructional delivery includes presentations, reading and writing assignments, classroom demonstrations, self-paced computer instruction and visual media presentations. Reading, writing and math assignments related to the collision repair industry are also integrated into the curriculum as evidenced by continuation and completion of the Jr./Sr. Project graduation requirement.

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