Program Details

Program specifics about earning an Auto Body Collision Technology Diploma at Northland.

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.

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 electrical 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.

Program Accreditation

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

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.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. Northland has articulation agreements in place with the following schools:

Minnesota State University – MoorheadOperations ManagementB.S.

Additional Program Resources

-Locking Wheeled Toolbox

-3M Paint Respirator with Replaceable Cartridges or Full-Face Mask
-Box of Nitrile Gloves
-Paint Suit
-Safety Glasses or Googles

Specialty Tools
-Body Hammer with Pick End
-Body Hammer with Chisel End
-Heel Dolly
-Comma Dolly
-Universal Dolly
-Body Shaping Spoon
-Cheese Grater blade with Holder
-Door Panel Trim Removal Tool
-Window Trim Removal Tool
-Dura Block Specialty Sanding Kit
-Body Filler Mixing Board
-Putty Knife (body filler spreaders)
– OSHA Approved Blow Gun with Safety Tip
-8” Flat Metal File with Holder
-3M Hook-it Half Round Block
-3M 6’’ Hook-it Interface Pad for Dual Action Sander

Hand Tools
-10” Vise Grip
-5” Vise Grip
-11R Welding Vise Grip
-9R Welding Vise Grip
-Pliers Set
-Channel Lock Pliers
-Crescent Wrench
-Side Cutter
-Set of Tin Snips

-¼” Air (or battery powered) Rachet
-¼’’ Hand Rachet
-3/8’’ Hand Rachet
-SAE Combination Wrench Set
-Metric Combination Wrench Set
-Metric and Standard Allen Wrench Set
-Square Drive (1/4’’& 3/8’’) Torque Bit Set
-Socket Set (Both Regular and Deep Well) ¼’’ Standard and Metric
-Socket Set (Both Regular and Deep Well) 3/8’’ Standard and Metric

-Screwdriver Set (Flat and Phillip Head)

-Alignment Punch Set
-12-ft Tape Measure
-12 Volt Test Light
-Extendable Magnet
-Extendable Mirror
-Tire Air Chuck

Tools Supplied by Program (students may purchase this equipment for personal use)
Auto Darkening Welding Helmet
Welding Jacket with Leather Sleeves
MIG Welding Gloves

**Paint guns are supplied for student use by the program – It is highly recommended that students wait until the second year to purchase their own paint gun as paint guns will be discussed in depth during the first semester.

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