Auto Body Rebuilding and Refinishing

If the automotive industry revs you up, then Bates Technical College's auto body program may be right for you. Experienced instructors teach students in classrooms that mirror industry. Students prepare for apprenticeship employment in the auto body rebuilding and refinishing industry. Upon successful completion of the program, students can qualify to take the I-CAR steel welding qualification test.

General Information

Admissions Officer / Recruiter: Lee Williams
253.680.7188 | leewilliams@batestech.edu

Location: South Campus
Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Program Length: Seven Quarters

  • National Median Salary$47,210
  • National Potential Annual Job Openings17,100

This information is base on data from August 2018. For updated information, visit careeronestop, a database sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tuition and Fees

At Bates, our tuition is affordable and there are options to help make it even easier to gain an education. Federal aid is available for many of our students. Scholarships are also available through the Bates Foundation.

See if you qualify for other funding through our special funding programs with the Workforce Education office.

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AUTO BODY REBUILDING AND REFINISHING - Associate of Applied Science: 116 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
MATH174 - Math for Allied Health
Mathematical concepts for allied health fields including systems of measurement, use of formulas, ratios and proportions in health applications; and basic statistics
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
AUTOB101 AUTOB101 - Auto Body Math Applications
This course is an introduction to mathematical theory and its application to the automotive refinishing industry. Topics include an overview of general mathematical concepts and how they are successfully utilized in practical situations
3
AUTOB102 AUTOB102 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the safety practices and procedures common to the automotive refinishing industry
3
AUTOB103 AUTOB103 - Materials Identification
Students are introduced to the various types of automotive materials, finishes and the equipment used in their application. Emphasis is placed on identification of a variety of repair and refinishing materials, types of equipment, and proper safety precautions
3
AUTOB104 AUTOB104 - Minor Body Repair Methods
Students identify materials used in minor body repair and how to use them to fill/smooth depressed areas in sheet metal. The removal and installation of bolt-on panels are also included
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB105 AUTOB105 - Major Panel Replacement
Students apply the basic theory of major panel replacement and alignment/replacement methods, including welding. They are also introduced to automobile body construction types and their common mechanical components: energy absorbers, suspension and steering systems and CV joints
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB106 AUTOB106 - Alignment - Sheet Metal
This course includes practical applications in the adjustment/alignment of bolt-on sheet metal doors, hoods, fenders, and trunk lids
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB107 AUTOB107 - Alignment - Bumpers
Students align a variety of bumpers including impact-absorbing, fixed mounted and metal reinforced
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 3
AUTOB108 AUTOB108 - Alignment - Head Lamps
Students will align various types of headlamps in automobiles
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 1
AUTOB109 AUTOB109 - Trim and Accessories
Students will replace trim molding, hardware, locks and latches and repair/replace window adjustment mechanisms and restraint devices
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 3
AUTOB110 AUTOB110 - Window Mechanisms
Students install mechanical and power window mechanisms
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB111 AUTOB111 - Introduction to Surface Preparation
Basic principles of interior and exterior surface preparation are introduced. Students analyze the components of primers, undercoats, and topcoats
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 2
AUTOB112 AUTOB112 - Surface Preparation Applications
This course introduces students to methods of surface preparation for automotive refinishing. Topics include sanding techniques, metal treatment, selection and use of undercoats, and proper masking procedures
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB113 AUTOB113 - Advanced Surface Preparations
A continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 111 and 112, students continue to apply advanced surface preparation techniques to restore cars to factory standards after collision damage
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, AUTOB112 5
AUTOB201 AUTOB201 - Topcoat Systems
Students are introduced to the basic principles of topcoat systems with emphasis on the types of automotive topcoat systems and their application procedures
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB202 AUTOB202 - Topcoat Systems Applications
A continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 201, students apply a variety of automotive topcoats including single-stage, basecoat/clearcoat, and tri-coat finishes. Buffing, compounding, and detailing of newly painted vehicles for delivery is also presented
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, WBAS101 5
AUTOB203 AUTOB203 - Shop Welding
This course provides instruction in automotive metal inert gas (MIG) and oxyacetylene welding with emphasis on safety, set-up and operation of welding equipment. Students successfully join automotive sheet metal using the MIG process
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, WBAS101 5
AUTOB204 AUTOB204 - Unibody Alignment
Students implement the basic theory and application of major unibody and frame repair. Topics include methods of inspection, types of measuring equipment, and identifying types of structural damage
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB205 AUTOB205 - Body Over Frame Alignment
Students measure, align, and repair a unibody and body over frame vehicle
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB206 AUTOB206 - Glass Installation
This course is an introduction to glass installation methods with emphasis on the removal and replacement of structural glass, non-structural glass, and auto trim. Cleanup of vehicle interior after breakage is also included
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB207 AUTOB207 - Introduction to Plastic Repair
Students identify the various types of plastics, their characteristics and locations, and which procedures to follow while repairing or refinishing the various types of plastics
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 2
AUTOB208 AUTOB208 - Plastic Repair Methods
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 207. Students repair or refinish various plastic surfaces
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, AUTOB207 5
AUTOB209 AUTOB209 - Shop Management
Students are introduced to the basic principles of body shop management with emphasis on management structure, customer relations, and sound business practices
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 3
AUTOB210 AUTOB210 - Introduction to Estimating
Students estimate collision damage, auto body repair, and finishing costs. Traditional and computer-assisted methods used for determining cost involved in labor, parts, and materials are emphasized
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB211 AUTOB211 - Special Projects
This course is an independent study in special projects to give students additional training in a specific area selected by the instructor. Emphasis is on individual student needs to improve or expand skills in a variety of areas
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
WBAS101 WBAS101 - Welding Basics
This course is an introduction to industry-standard welding and cutting processes. Safety principles, equipment setup, and the use of tools and materials are presented
8

Electives

Course ID Title Credits
AUTOB291 AUTOB291 - Practical Applications
This course offers students an opportunity to work on a lab-based project instead of a work-based learning component. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
18
AUTOB292 AUTOB292 - Independent Project I
The independent project I course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
5
AUTOB293 AUTOB293 - Independent Project II
Th independent project II course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
5
AUTOB294 AUTOB294 - Independent Project III
The independent project III course offers students an opportunity to work independently on a project that is determined by both the instructor and the student. The project should be based on prior course work and should result in the achievement of advanced learning in the subject area chosen.
5
AUTOB296 AUTOB296 - Work-Based Learning Experience I
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
13
AUTOB297 AUTOB297 - Work-Based Learning Experience-Seminar
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
2
AUTOB298 AUTOB298 - Work-Based Learning Experience II
This course provides a work-based learning experience with an instructor-approved employer in student's program of study. Emphasis is placed on integration of classroom learning with related work experience. Specific learning outcomes need to be agreed upon in a written agreement between student, instructor, and participating employer. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate their career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies.
13

AUTO BODY REPAIR - Certificate of Competency: 116 Credits

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General Education Requirements

Students may choose courses from the following options to fulfill their degree requirements.

Gen Ed Group Credits Required Course ID/Name Credits
Communication 5.0 ENGL&101 - English Composition I
An expository written communication course emphasizing critical thought, reflective reading, and information literacy with attention to rules and conventions of standard American English.
5
ENGL175 - Professional Writing
Enables students in career training programs to think logically and clearly and be effective and convincing in their professional and technical writing. It focuses on development of communication skills essential in a variety of forms of professional writing and technical writing.
5
HUM/SS/NS/O 5.0 BIOL&160 - General Biology
General Biology is intended to leave the student with an integrated view of the living world. The primary goal of the course is to provide students with exposure to and an appreciation of, basic cellular, molecular, genetic, evolutionary and ecological processes that will assist them in future advanced courses
5
BIOL&175 - Human Biology with Lab
This human anatomy and physiology course includes a brief overview of the human body for the non-science major. Basics of chemistry and cell structure are introduced and then the major systems of the human body are emphasized.
5
BIOL&241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
The first class in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&242 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
This is the second in a two-quarter sequence in which human anatomy and physiology are studied using a body systems approach with emphasis on the interrelationships between form and function at the gross and microscopic levels of organization
5
BIOL&260 - Microbiology
This lab focused course is a survey of the biology of organisms too small to see without a microscope. It emphasizes the development of microscopy and culturing skills necessary to investigate the nutrition, grown, metabolism, isolation and identification of medically important bacteria. Lectures cover the concepts of microbial genetics and classification, infectious disease, immunity and immunization.
5
CHEM&121 - General Chemistry
Students in this course explore the structure of matter and how it behaves under various conditions in order to better understand the chemical world. Designed for students with little or no chemistry background. Laboratory activities and extended lecture concepts introduce the students to the experimental process.
5
CHEM&131 - Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry
Introduction to ogranic chemistry and biochemistry includes the study of the nomenclature, structure, reactions and synthesis of organic compounds and biochemistry applications in the nursing fields. The course is primarily intended for those who are interested in the application of the principles of organic chemistry and biochemistry to related areas of science, such as genetics, microbiology, physiology and nutrition.
5
CMST&102 - Introduction to Mass Media
This course critically examines core issues in the relationship between media and society, including news and entertainment media in print, electronic and digital format. Through readings, viewings, research and discussion, we examine the historical, cultural, political and economic contexts of media industries, representations and audiences.
5
CMST&152 - Intercultural Communication
This course is an introduction to the intercultural communication process and its importance in contemporary society. Students learn about the values and beliefse of a variety of cultures and develop skills to interact with people from those cultures. Emphasis is on acquiring an increased understanding of the relationship between culture and communication.
5
CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication
This course is designed to increase students' awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved interpersonal communication skills and strategies.
5
CMST&220 - Public Speaking
Introduction to the rhetoric of speech and the preparation and delivery of speech in an extemporaneous style, including ethical research methods, basic rhetoric and critical analysis, and organziation of various types of presentations. Two to four speaking assignments are required, plus regular quizzes, peer review and written examination. Online resources will be integrated.
5
CMST&230 - Small Group Communications
This course is designed to increase students awareness of the value and impact of utilizing improved small group communication skills and strategies.
5
ECON&201 - Microeconomics
This course focuses on the theory of the market systems as a method of allocating resources and distributing income and products. Analysis of current problems including government regulation, subsidies, monopoly and taxation
5
ECON&202 - Macroeconomics
Introduction to macroeconomics; elementary analysis of the determination of income through national income accounting. Covers macroeconomic issues including inflation, unemployment, economic growth, recessions, monetary/fiscal policy, and international trade and finance. Prerequisite: ECON& 201, MATH 098, and ENGL& 101 is recommended.
5
HIST101 - A History of Science and Technology
This course will trace the history of scientific and technological advancements in the western world. Students will be made aware of the evoultion in science from a philosophical and historical perspective. Part of the course will focus on the contributions that significant philosophers, scientists and institutions made to knowledge-making. At the same time, emphasis will also be directed toward the contributions of common, everyday artisans and craftsmen to "discovering", creating and recording scientific and technical knowledge.
5
HREL111 - College and Job Search Success
This course is an introduction to employment and life skills that encourage self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-discipline that are necessary for college and self-promotion success. Topics include: self-motivation, personal learning styles, self-management, emotional intelligence, study skills, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing. Students exercise learned skills by journaling, participating in classroom discussions, creating cover letters and resumes, and participating in mock interviews and other work-related situational role plays.
5
NUTR&101 - Intro to Nutrition
Study of human nutrition and health. Topics include digestion, absorption and processing nutrients in the body; chemistry and functions of the major nutrients: carbohydrates, fat, protein; vitamin and mineral functions; food, culture and diet, energy balance, diet and metabolism; fitness and health; nutrition of the life cycle, food safety and local and world hunger issues
5
POLS&101 - Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to American government and politics. Students will study the United States Constitution, governmental institutions, the political system, and the regulatory processes embedded within the document. The course format is lecture/discussion.
5
PSYC&100 - General Psychology
Introductory psychology for people with an interest in all that influences human behavior. Whether planning a career in psychology or gaining insights about yourself and others, you will find this a useful and interesting open enrollment course of study.
5
PSYC&200 - Lifespan Psychology
This course is an introduction to the various states of human development. Emphasis is on the major theories and perspectives and their relationship to the physical, cognitive and psychosocial aspects of development across the lifespan.
5
SOC&101 - Introduction to Sociology
This course is a general survey of sociology, the scientific study of the group life of humans in their environment. The course introduces the basic principles of social relationships, collective behavior, and human interaction. These principles are applied to the study of culture; race, gender, and class inequality; deviance; law; social institutions; and social change.
5
Quantitative 5.0 MATH&141 - Precalculus I
In this course students solve functions, function operations, rational, polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and linear functions and equation solving, function graphs, matrices and determinants, sequences and series.
5
MATH&142 - Precalculus II
Right and oblique triangle trigonometry, circular functions, graphs of trigonometric functions, identities, inverse trig functions, vectors and polar coordinates, and parametric equations
5
MATH&146 - Statistics
This course is designed to teach the student counting rules, probability, mean and standard deviation, graphing, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and regression analysis. Also applications in business, health and technology
5
MATH&151 - Calculus
Limits and limit laws, continuity, tangents and rates of change, derivatives using definition and differentiation rules for polynomial, exponential, trigonometric, logarithmic and transcendental functions, max/min problems, LHospitals rule, Newtons method and antidifferentiation.
5
MATH&152 - Calculus II
Course content includes the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, definite and indefinite integrals, methods of integration, applications of integration, and improper integrals. The course also includes an introduction to first order differential equations, antiderivatives, definite and indefinite integrals, and methods of integration.
5
MATH&153 - Calculus III
Emphasizes the study of infinite sequences and series including power series. Topics include plane analytic geometry, graphing in polar coordinates, and an introduction to vectors.
5
MATH171 - Technical Math
Application of linear and quadratic equations, systems of equations, geometry and trigonometry and vectors and their applications in the technical workplace.
5
MATH172 - Business Math
Equation solving, exponents, markup, income tax, compoung interst, logarithms and finding time, annuities, amoritization and business statistics.
5
Math173 - Mathematic Concepts for Child Care/Early Education
Mathematics for Early Childhood Educators focuses on the conceptual understanding, connections between and the application of math concepts. Concepts include number systems and computation, geometry, measurement, data analysis, probability and statistics, and problem solving. Emphasis is placed on the ability to communicate mathematical concepts in ways appropriate for young children.
5

Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
AUTOB101 AUTOB101 - Auto Body Math Applications
This course is an introduction to mathematical theory and its application to the automotive refinishing industry. Topics include an overview of general mathematical concepts and how they are successfully utilized in practical situations
3
AUTOB102 AUTOB102 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the safety practices and procedures common to the automotive refinishing industry
3
AUTOB103 AUTOB103 - Materials Identification
Students are introduced to the various types of automotive materials, finishes and the equipment used in their application. Emphasis is placed on identification of a variety of repair and refinishing materials, types of equipment, and proper safety precautions
3
AUTOB104 AUTOB104 - Minor Body Repair Methods
Students identify materials used in minor body repair and how to use them to fill/smooth depressed areas in sheet metal. The removal and installation of bolt-on panels are also included
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB105 AUTOB105 - Major Panel Replacement
Students apply the basic theory of major panel replacement and alignment/replacement methods, including welding. They are also introduced to automobile body construction types and their common mechanical components: energy absorbers, suspension and steering systems and CV joints
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB106 AUTOB106 - Alignment - Sheet Metal
This course includes practical applications in the adjustment/alignment of bolt-on sheet metal doors, hoods, fenders, and trunk lids
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB107 AUTOB107 - Alignment - Bumpers
Students align a variety of bumpers including impact-absorbing, fixed mounted and metal reinforced
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 3
AUTOB108 AUTOB108 - Alignment - Head Lamps
Students will align various types of headlamps in automobiles
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 1
AUTOB109 AUTOB109 - Trim and Accessories
Students will replace trim molding, hardware, locks and latches and repair/replace window adjustment mechanisms and restraint devices
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 3
AUTOB110 AUTOB110 - Window Mechanisms
Students install mechanical and power window mechanisms
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB111 AUTOB111 - Introduction to Surface Preparation
Basic principles of interior and exterior surface preparation are introduced. Students analyze the components of primers, undercoats, and topcoats
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 2
AUTOB112 AUTOB112 - Surface Preparation Applications
This course introduces students to methods of surface preparation for automotive refinishing. Topics include sanding techniques, metal treatment, selection and use of undercoats, and proper masking procedures
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB113 AUTOB113 - Advanced Surface Preparations
A continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 111 and 112, students continue to apply advanced surface preparation techniques to restore cars to factory standards after collision damage
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, AUTOB112 5
AUTOB201 AUTOB201 - Topcoat Systems
Students are introduced to the basic principles of topcoat systems with emphasis on the types of automotive topcoat systems and their application procedures
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB202 AUTOB202 - Topcoat Systems Applications
A continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 201, students apply a variety of automotive topcoats including single-stage, basecoat/clearcoat, and tri-coat finishes. Buffing, compounding, and detailing of newly painted vehicles for delivery is also presented
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, WBAS101 5
AUTOB203 AUTOB203 - Shop Welding
This course provides instruction in automotive metal inert gas (MIG) and oxyacetylene welding with emphasis on safety, set-up and operation of welding equipment. Students successfully join automotive sheet metal using the MIG process
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, WBAS101 5
AUTOB204 AUTOB204 - Unibody Alignment
Students implement the basic theory and application of major unibody and frame repair. Topics include methods of inspection, types of measuring equipment, and identifying types of structural damage
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB205 AUTOB205 - Body Over Frame Alignment
Students measure, align, and repair a unibody and body over frame vehicle
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB206 AUTOB206 - Glass Installation
This course is an introduction to glass installation methods with emphasis on the removal and replacement of structural glass, non-structural glass, and auto trim. Cleanup of vehicle interior after breakage is also included
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB207 AUTOB207 - Introduction to Plastic Repair
Students identify the various types of plastics, their characteristics and locations, and which procedures to follow while repairing or refinishing the various types of plastics
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 2
AUTOB208 AUTOB208 - Plastic Repair Methods
This course is a continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 207. Students repair or refinish various plastic surfaces
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, AUTOB207 5
AUTOB209 AUTOB209 - Shop Management
Students are introduced to the basic principles of body shop management with emphasis on management structure, customer relations, and sound business practices
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 3
AUTOB210 AUTOB210 - Introduction to Estimating
Students estimate collision damage, auto body repair, and finishing costs. Traditional and computer-assisted methods used for determining cost involved in labor, parts, and materials are emphasized
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
AUTOB211 AUTOB211 - Special Projects
This course is an independent study in special projects to give students additional training in a specific area selected by the instructor. Emphasis is on individual student needs to improve or expand skills in a variety of areas
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 4
WBAS101 WBAS101 - Welding Basics
This course is an introduction to industry-standard welding and cutting processes. Safety principles, equipment setup, and the use of tools and materials are presented
8

AUTOMOTIVE REFINISHING - Certificate of Training: 20 Credits

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Required Coursework

Course ID Title Prerequisites Credits
AUTOB102 AUTOB102 - Safety Principles
This course is an introduction to the safety practices and procedures common to the automotive refinishing industry
3
AUTOB111 AUTOB111 - Introduction to Surface Preparation
Basic principles of interior and exterior surface preparation are introduced. Students analyze the components of primers, undercoats, and topcoats
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 2
AUTOB112 AUTOB112 - Surface Preparation Applications
This course introduces students to methods of surface preparation for automotive refinishing. Topics include sanding techniques, metal treatment, selection and use of undercoats, and proper masking procedures
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB201 AUTOB201 - Topcoat Systems
Students are introduced to the basic principles of topcoat systems with emphasis on the types of automotive topcoat systems and their application procedures
AUTOB102, AUTOB103 5
AUTOB202 AUTOB202 - Topcoat Systems Applications
A continuation of the concepts introduced in AUTOB 201, students apply a variety of automotive topcoats including single-stage, basecoat/clearcoat, and tri-coat finishes. Buffing, compounding, and detailing of newly painted vehicles for delivery is also presented
AUTOB102, AUTOB103, WBAS101 5

Students prepare for entery- level employment in the auto body rebuilding and refinishing industry, serving independent auto shops, automotive dealerships, government agencies, utility firms, and other companies that maintain vehicle fleets. Positions include auto body repairer, automotive refinisher, frame repairer, glass installer, painter, renovator, and shop estimator. Upon successful completion of the program, students can qualify to take the I-CAR steel welding qualification test. The program also provides extended learning opportunities for persons previously or currently employed in related professions.

At the successful completion of the program curriculum, students will be able to:

  1. Identify automobile parts and systems, and understand their operation, including supplemental restraint systems.
  2. Set up and operate various types frame and unibody straightening equipment.
  3. Perform frame and unibody measuring using both manual and computerized measuring systems.
  4. Restore damaged frames and unibodies to factory specifications using the latest pulling systems.
  5. Perform structural sectioning of unibody components, using I-CAR approved procedures.
  6. Remove, replace, and align sheet metal parts, suspension components, and replace automotive glass.
  7. Apply a variety of automotive refinish materials.
  8. Participate in both complete refinishing of automobiles, along with all aspects of spot repair and panel refinishing utilizing the latest refinish materials and equipment.
  9. Perform compounding and polishing operations on both new and old automotive finishes.
  10. Perform interior and exterior detailing of automobiles.
  11. Estimate repair cost related to collision damage.
  12. Service automotive electrical systems.
  13. Perform structural and non-structural welds with wire feed welders to industry standards.
  14. Understand hazardous waste management.
  15. Demonstrate shop safety practices.

In addition, the following college-wide learning outcomes reflect the guiding expectations of all programs at Bates Technical College.

  • Human Diversity
  • Effective Communication
  • Critical Thinking

Follow the link for gainful employment info concerning this program: Gainful Employment

Bates instructors are industry experts who enjoy working with and teaching students.

Instructors

  • Doug Yarbrough

    253.680.7457 | Email

  • Joe Brewer

    253.680.7458 | Email