Auto Body Collision Technology

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Formal training in Auto Body Collision Technology is highly desirable because advances in technology in recent years have greatly changed the structure, components, and even materials used in automobiles. This program is designed for entry level education in the Auto Body Collision Repair industry. The customized curriculum allows students time for more Liberal Arts classes, which are a part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Auto Body Technicians replace or repair damaged portions of automobile bodies and frames using the latest tools and technology. They straighten bent frames, repair dents, replace body panels, and weld rust repair panels. They also replace broken glass, inspect drive train components, and perform electircal diagnostics including air bag component replacement.

Students will also sand, mask repair areas, and spray the latest automotive refinishing materials in a state of the art down draft bake booth. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification test after graduating and one year of training in a collision repair facility.

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Program Accreditation

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College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

Students achieving assessment scores below the established minimums must register and successfully complete (with a grade of C or better) the required developmental courses in order to meet graduation requirements.
The college minimum scores for the Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
Reading Comprehension: 78
Arithmetic: 50

Students entering the program should have good mechanical skills, communication skills, and the ability to follow instructions. This is a physical and sometimes dirty environment, so safety precautions are strictly enforced.

Attendance is critical due to the volume and specific information given to ensure the correct repair process. There is also a dress code requirement. Tools and safety equipment are required; a tool list is also available from an instructor.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
AUBO 1100 Intro to Auto Body 2 credits
AUBO 1102 Off Car Repair 4 credits
AUBO 1106 Plastic Welding 1 credits
AUBO 1113 Auto Body Lab I 3 credits
AUBO 1114 Auto Body Lab II 4 credits
AUBO 1121 Auto Body Refinishing 6 credits
AUBO 1123 Glass & Trim 2 credits
AUBO 1131 Auto Body Welding I 2 credits
AUBO 1132 Auto Body Welding II 2 credits
AUBO 2201 Collision/Damage/Estimate 4 credits
AUBO 2205 Unibody & Frame 4 credits
AUBO 2208 Major Collision Lab 4 credits
AUBO 2214 General Auto Body Lab 4 credits
AUBO 2216 Shop Operations 2 credits
AUBO 2221 Simulated Auto Body I 4 credits
AUBO 2225 Panel Replacement 2 credits
AUBO 2228 Auto Body Mechanical 6 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
  G4: Math/Logical Elective 3 credits
  G5: History/Social Elec 3 credits
  G6: Human/Fine Arts Elec 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 71 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. Student will demonstrate professionalism including punctuality, attitudes, and workmanship expected in the Auto Body Collision industry.

  2. Student will exhibit safety practices and procedures at all times.

  3. Student will apply theory of metal straightening to a variety of shop projects.

  4. Student will safely and properly operate Mig welding equipment.

  5. Student will apply theory of automotive refinishing processes to shop projects according to industry standards.

  6. Student will properly and safely operate and troubleshoot diagnostic equipment.

  7. Student will perform vehicle structural component repair to industry standards.

  8. Student will display managerial, organizational and customer service skills necessary to effectively manage a collision repair facility.

  9. Student will exhibit effective written and verbal communication skills.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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The employment outlook for Automotive Body Repairers in the state of Minnesota from 2010-2020 is 13.2%, a high growth career.

Career Opportunities

  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Paint Manufacture Representative
  • After Market Parts Sales Person
  • Automobile Refinishing Technician
  • Auto Body Equipment Sales Person
  • Salvage Yard Manager
  • Auto Dealer Parts Counter Person/Parts Manager
  • Fram Rack Operator
  • Car Detailing

Program Faculty

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Cody Johnson
  • Auto Body Collision Technology Instructor
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  • Kent Wagner
  • Auto Body Collision Technology Instructor
  • (218) 683-8725