Automobile Collision Repair & Refinishing Technology

a COT student working in the auto refinishing lab
POTENTIAL JOB TITLE

Automotive Repair Technician
(*SOC Code 49-3021.00)

Automotive Refinishing Technician
(*SOC Code 49-3021.00)

PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

major dealerships
independent and specialty bodyshops
detailing shops
vehicle restoration
parts specialty shops

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

A student may exit this program after completing two semesters and receive an Automobile Collision Repair Technician or Automobile Refinishing Technician Certificate of Applied Science. For those wanting to attend four semesters, the college offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree and a Certificate of Applied Science in Automobile Collision Repair and Refinishing. Students planning to earn a certificate will replace required math credits with MATH 085 and English credits with ENGL 102.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Collision and cosmetic repairs: minor sheet metal repair, welding of mild and high-strength steels, panel replacement, and measuring with laser and mechanical measuring systems
    • Removal and Replacement of sheet metal panels, glass, plastic body parts
    • Welding
    • Damage analysis and estimation
    • Electrical wiring for vehicles
  • Refinish (prep and painting): panel and overall refinishing using the latest techniques and equipment
    • Safety
    • Tools and equipment used
    • Undercoats, types and applications, automotive plastic identification
    • Learn various causes and cures of surface defects
    • Paint blending and color matching
  • Develop and maintain occupational relationships
  • Effectively communicate with customers and peers
  • Proficient in mathematical skills necessary for technical fields
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $34,220
Median Wage (US)* $37,040
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $21,052.33
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
9%
Expected growth (US)*
(projection through 2018)
11%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • Manual dexterity
  • Math and spatial skills
  • Good physical condition
  • Reading and communication skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Troubleshooting skills
TOOLS/SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Students in the Auto Collision Repair & Refinishing program are required to buy their own tools to use in the laboratory setting. Tool Lists and a list of vendors that have previously worked with our students are available online or from the New Student Services Office.
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION

Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.


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