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Auto Body and Collision Technology Department Overview

Accelerate Your Career Prospects
Take your passion for cars to a new level and put it to good use by becoming an Auto Body and Collision technician at South Central College. The Auto Body and Collision Technology program at SCC is certified by The National Automotive Tech Education Foundation and Automotive Service Excellence (NATEF/ASE) organization and is an Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR) training alliance member. SCC complies with I-CAR industry training program standards and as an SCC Auto Body and Collision student, you have the opportunity to receive professional industry I-CAR credentials while earning your degree. 

You’ll gain the knowledge and skills necessary to start a rewarding career in the auto body and collision repair industry. Classroom presentations, demonstrations and hands-on shop work will train you in vehicle repair procedures and practices. Use of specialized tools, materials and techniques will prepare you for industry challenges. Core areas of instruction include damage appraisal, structural and non-structural panel repair, collision related mechanical and electrical repair, restraint system operation and repair, glass servicing/replacement and refinishing procedures including custom painting techniques and automotive detailing. 

Instructors in this program are certified as master technicians by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and are I-CAR Gold Class professionals.  In addition, our faculty regularly receives advanced training from vehicle manufacturers and aftermarket suppliers to keep up with current trends and developments. 

Arts and sciences curriculum accompanying the technical skills training in this program are included in order to enhance students’ personal communication abilities and enrich their overall understanding of fundamental life skills.

The Auto Body and Collision Technology Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Workplace safety
  • Damage appraisal and shop management
  • Structural damage analysis, repair and replacement (frame and unibody)
  • Non-structural (sheet metal) repair and replacement
  • Auto body welding 
  • Collision related mechanical and electrical repair
  • Restraint system repair and component replacement
  • Glass, trim and hardware service operations
  • Paint refinishing techniques
  • Detailing operations

Core Competencies

  1. Practice and demonstrate safety and environmental awareness
  2. Perform non structural (sheet metal) repair and damage analysis
  3. Perform structural repair (frame and unibody) and damage analysis
  4. Perform refinishing operations
  5. Perform auto body welding
  6. Perform glass, trim and hardware service operations
  7. Conduct electrical and mechanical service

Department Faculty

Dan Boddy,   Jay Winters