Connecticut Technical High School System's Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing
Basic Collision Repair
Collision Component Repair
Advanced Collision Repair
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing (CR110) (3 credits)
All Grade 9 students go through the Exploratory Program. Students deciding to enter the field of Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing will be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students are introduced to a variety of collision repair and refinishing practices, such as metal cutting, straightening and welding. Bolt-on replacement panel installation and panel alignment is introduced and practiced. Students are instructed in hand tools and their use, abrasives and their applications and fastener identification. Students are introduced to refinishing techniques and are guided through planned activities and projects to determine skill and ability. Students learn of the extensive variety of careers available within the collision, repair and refinishing industry. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Basic Collision Repair (CR210) (3 credits)
In Grade 10, students examine the many types of contemporary vehicle construction. Repair strategies are formulated based on vehicle construction to provide safe, quality, permanent repairs. Students are instructed in and practice repair procedures for minor damage on actual vehicle parts. Fastener applications are examined. Cutting, welding and shaping of various metals are taught and practiced along with panel straightening. Appropriate use of body filler application, shaping and finishing is taught and demonstrated. Students practice body filler application and finishing on actual vehicle parts. Compressed air systems and the components are investigated. The many processes of painting and refinishing are introduced and demonstrated with primers, base coats and finish coats. Masking is introduced and practiced. Students continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Collision Component Repair (CR310) (3 credits)
In Grade 11, instruction in painting and refinishing is expanded. Complete vehicle refinishing is introduced and practiced with advanced masking. Students apply multistage coatings. Plastic component repair and advanced abrasives are covered. Fixed and movable glass replacement is taught and practiced as is computer estimating. The students will perform in-school auto repair work for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Advanced Collision Repair (CR410) (3 credits)
In Grade 12, perimeter, box and unibody frame measurement and damage determination and repair are taught, demonstrated and practiced. Frame measuring and measuring systems are introduced and practiced. Students diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Weld-on and bonded panel installation is demonstrated and practiced. Collision shop business management and customer service are introduced and discussed. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. The students will perform in-school auto repair for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Each senior will take several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exams, an industry recognized assessment. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Students’ at all four grade levels will be exposed to training materials and assessments from I-CAR (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair). I-CAR is the industry recognized association that delivers continuing education to collision repair professionals in the field. Students will earn real I-CAR credentials that will demonstrate the skills they have acquired in their Collision Repair program at a Connecticut technical high school
Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or a four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as collision repair technicians in independent collision repair facilities or new/used vehicle dealerships. Damage estimating and vehicle appraisal are fields in which many graduates find employment. Additional employment in manufacturing or production facilities requiring painted or coated finished products is also a viable employment option.
If you enjoy painting and detailing performance machines, or restoring damaged vehicles, the Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology program at Lincoln Tech can help turn your passion into a career. At the 315,000-square foot campus in East Windsor, CT, students are given the tools and equipment to learn the fundamental skills of collision repair. Our ASE-certified instructors bring real-world auto body experience to Lincoln Tech's auto body school to help connect the technical instruction in the classroom to the hands-on training in the garage. Our goal is to prepare students to become knowledgeable and skilled professionals for the collision repair field.
Remove damaged vehicle sections and install replacement parts using MIG and TIG welding.
Inspect equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors, defects, or other problems.
Sand, prime, and paint repaired surfaces with paint spray guns and motorized sanders.
Use manufacturers’ analytical software to estimate collision damage and measurement..
Work on special project cars that really let you put your skills and artistic talent to work!
Diagnose, fix, and install brakes, suspension, and air conditioning systems.
Remove upholstery, accessories, electrical window-and-seat operating equipment, and trim to gain access to vehicle bodies and fenders.
I-CAR, the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair, is a non-profit provider of collision repair training standards as defined by the industry. Lincoln Tech’s Collision Repair Technology program integrates the teaching of I-CAR standards into the training program and encourages students to become an I-CAR certified technician upon graduation.
Fast Facts for Automotive Body Repairers in Connecticut
Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Danbury, Waterbury and Norwich
Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport
Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Bridgeport, Hartford and New Haven
Salaries for Automotive Body Repairers in Connecticut
Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Hartford, Danbury and Bridgeport
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