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.
According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as an Auto Body Collision Tech in the state of Minnesota is $21.06 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 5.6%, a high-growth career.
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View semester order by campus: Thief River Falls
|Course #||Course Name||Credit(s)|
|AUBO 1100||Intro to Auto Body||2|
|AUBO 1102||Off Car Repair||4|
|AUBO 1106||Plastic Welding||1|
|AUBO 1113||Auto Body Lab I||3|
|AUBO 1114||Auto Body Lab II||4|
|AUBO 1121||Auto Body Refinishing||6|
|AUBO 1123||Glass & Trim||2|
|AUBO 1131||Auto Body Welding I||2|
|AUBO 1132||Auto Body Welding II||2|
|AUBO 2205||Unibody & Frame||4|
|AUBO 2208||Major Collision Lab||4|
|AUBO 2214||General Auto Body Lab||4|
|AUBO 2216||Shop Operations||2|
|AUBO 2221||Simulated Auto Body I||4|
|AUBO 2222||Simulated Auto Body II||2|
|AUBO 2225||Panel Replacement||2|
|AUBO 2228||Auto Body Mechanical||6|
|CPTR 1100||Computer Basics||1|
|CRLT 2103||Job Seeking/Keeping||1|
|HPER 1410||First Aid/CPR||1|
|SSCI 1101||Human Relations||3|
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 program minimum scores for the Next Generation Accuplacer Assessment test are as follows:
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.
Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Whether you're looking for a stepping stone to a four-year degree, hands-on training to jump start your career, or something in between - you'll find it at Northland.
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