Photo of an Automotive Collision student mixing paint.

Automotive Collision Repair & Refinish

With over 250 million cars on the road – many of them lasting longer than ever before – there will be a constant need for body repair due to accidents and aging. Jobs in the automotive collision repair & refinish industry are expected to grow at a better-than-average rate over the next 5-10 years. Job seekers with industry certification and formal training in this program will have an advantage over competing applicants for jobs. 

 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

First year students in this program will learn the basics of repairing and refinishing collision damaged vehicles. Students will learn metal finishing, plastic repair, MIG Welding, filler application and basic refinishing procedures.

Second year students will focus on a much more in depth side of the collision industry. Students will learn structural and frame repair, 3-D measuring, water borne paint technology, estimating and advanced refinishing techniques.

Students from the LISD TECH Center Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing compete in the SkillsUSA competition yearly. Historically students have done very well in the competition qualifying for state and national leadership events.

TO BE SUCCESSFUL

Many students in this program usually have an artistic side, a strong attention to detail and a love of cars. Students need basic math and reading skills, self-discipline, a good work ethic, the ability to work in a team, think critically and a dedication to completing assigned tasks.

Textbook reading level: College level

RELATED CAREERS

*Completion of this program could lead to careers in:

Collision Repair Technician
Refinishing Technician
Body Shop Manager
Estimator
Detailer

*Note: Additional education may be required.

Instructor

Kortney Thumme worked as an auto body technician for five years and a teacher for another 8 years in Saginaw, MI, before bringing his skills to the LISD TECH Center. His students have excelled at the SkillsUSA State Conference, bringing back gold medals and advancing to nationals in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. Mr. Thumme is a Universal Technical Institute graduate and is ASE, ICAR, PPG, and BASF certified.

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HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT*

1.0 4th Math
1.0 Visual & Performing Arts
1.0 3rd Science requirement
1.0 World Languages (in lieu of)

*The LISD TECH Center recommends the academic credit listed. Credit can only be awarded by local districts. The academic credit listed for completion of 2 years.

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

SkillsUSA

COLLEGE CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES*

Davenport University
Jackson College
Washtenaw Community College

*College credit can only be awarded by the college or university. Certain requirements must be met outside of completing the class

CERTIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

NAFTE Certification in Paint & Refinishing
PPG Refinishing Certificate
State Certificate