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Automotive Collision and Refinishing

The successful completion of the two-year Automotive Collision and Refinishing Technician program enables graduates to enter the field with the necessary skills and knowledge to succeed in the rapidly growing automotive collision and refinishing industry. Through lecture, demonstration, and student participation in actual repair of damaged vehicles, students gain a thorough understanding of modern automobiles, repair methods, and the equipment needed to restore damaged vehicles to original manufactures specifications. Project cars are generally less than ten years old.

Upon completion of the Automotive Collision and Refinishing program, students will have the necessary entry level skills and knowledge to be able to:

  1. Understand the characteristics of metal, and understand and apply the principles of metal correction to damaged sheet metal components.
  2. Identify automobile parts and systems, and understand their operation, including supplemental restraint systems.
  3. Understand operation and set up of various types frame and unibody straightening equipment.
  4. Understand and perform frame and unibody measuring using both manual and computerized measuring systems.
  5. Restore damaged frames and unibodies to factory specifications using the latest pulling systems.
  6. Perform structural sectioning of unibody components, using I-CAR approved procedures.
  7. Remove, replace and align sheet metal parts, suspension components, and replace automotive glass.
  8. Understand maintenance, adjustment and operation of HVLP paint guns, and application of a wide variety of automotive refinish materials.
  9. Understand and perform color matching of automotive refinishing materials, interior and exterior surface preparation, and corrosion protection.
  10. Understand and participate in both complete refinishing of automobiles, along with all aspects of spot repair and panel refinishing utilizing the latest refinish materials and equipment.
  11. Understand and perform compounding and polishing operations on both new and old automotive finishes.
  12. Understand and perform interior and exterior detailing of automobiles.
  13. Estimate repair cost related to collision damage.
  14. Understand and service automotive electrical systems.
  15. Perform structural and non-structural welds with wire feed welders to industry standards.
  16. Understand basic shop operations.
  17. Understand hazardous waste management.
  18. Understand and demonstrate shop safety practices.

Career Opportunities:

There is a growing demand for skilled collision and refinishing technicians throughout Spokane and the surrounding area, as well as rest of the nation. Collision repair facility positions include minor collision repair technicians, heavy collision repair technicians; refinish technicians, estimators, detailers, and collision shop management. There are also many positions in supporting industries such as insurance adjusters, equipment and material sales. Starting wages range from $8.00 to $10.00 per hour, while journeymen technicians can make in excess of $25.00 per hour.

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This program begins Fall 2016.

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For more information:
Eric Christensen, Brent Lowe, or
Ric Villalobos, Counselor
1810 N. Greene St.
Spokane, WA 99217-5399
Counseling: (509) 533-7356 or 1-800-248-5644 ext. 7356
Department: (509) 533-7100
Eric Christensen: (509) 533-7109
Brent Lowe: (509) 533-7111
(509) 533-8802