Why Collision Repair Technology?
- Damage Analysis
- Metalworking & Fabrication
- Painting & Detailing
- Plasma Cutting & MIG Welding
- Repairing & Replacing Parts
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Most of the damage resulting from everyday vehicle collisions can be repaired, and vehicles can be refinished to look and drive like new. A Collision Repair Technology repairer straightens bent bodies, removes dents, and replaces crumpled parts that cannot be fixed. They repair all types of vehicles, and although some work on large trucks, buses, or tractor-trailers, most work on cars and small trucks. They can work alone, with only general direction from supervisors, or as specialists on a repair team. In some shops, helpers or apprentices assist experienced repairers.
Each damaged vehicle presents different challenges for repairers. Using the broad knowledge of automotive construction and repair techniques, Collision Repair Technology repairers must decide how to handle each job based on what the vehicle is made of and what needs to be fixed. They must first determine the extent of the damage and order any needed parts.
The Collision Repair Technology program is an instructional program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to repair damaged automotive vehicles such as automobiles and light trucks. Students learn to examine damaged vehicles and estimate cost of repairs; remove, repair and replace upholstery, accessories, electrical and hydraulic windows, and seat operating equipment and trim to gain access to vehicle body and fenders; remove and replace glass; repair dented areas; replace excessively damaged fenders, panels and grills; straighten bent frames or auto body structures using hydraulic jacks and pulling devices; and file, grid, sand repaired surfaces using power tools and hand tools. Students refinish repaired surfaces by painting with primer and finish coat.