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Auto Collision Technology

Auto Collision Technology

Degree Type: Associate of Applied Science Degree, AAS

Pathway: Technical and Professional Studies

More Options: Classroom Based

Program Length: 4 Semesters

Location: Centennial

Transferability: Non-transferable

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Why Choose auto collision at ppsc?

When studying Auto Collision at PPSC, you will learn from instructors who have real-world experience and who are leaders in the industry. Upon completion of the program, you'll be ready for a job in a body shop. In fact, some of our graduates have opened their own shops.

Career Options

Auto collision technicians are in demand. Many of the professionals in the field are nearing retirement, creating an abundance of jobs. A degree in auto collision can lead to the following careers:

  • Auto Body Repair Technician
  • Detailer
  • Auto Body Refinish Technician
  • Estimator/Adjuster
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ACT Classes You Might Take

As a PPSC auto collision student, you will develop a skill set that leaves you prepared to work in both auto body repair shops and at dealerships. You will:

  • Learn how to estimate auto repair work
  • Properly use power and hand tools
  • Replace and repair car body parts
  • Develop professional communication skills

You will also work on non-structural metal repair, structural repair and all aspects of refinishing using cutting edge technology.

class 1

Covers sheet metal oxygen-acetylene welding and MIG welding techniques including safety, materials, equipment, and setups. Personal and vehicle protective measures prior to welding procedures are presented.

class 2

Continues the study and application of frame measurement and repair. The student applies methods found in dimension charts and service manuals for vehicle diagnosis and straightening. Training includes the replacement of a structural panel with the identification of damaged suspension components replaced according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

class 3

Covers the inspection, cleaning, and determination of the condition of spray guns and related equipment. Students learn skills for adjusting spray guns by setting-up and testing spray gun operations.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Follow auto collision shop safety requirements
  • Straighten a common dent in preparation for refinish operations
  • Prepare an automotive panel for refinish operations
  • Perform a refinish blend operation on an automotive panel
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1st semester plan

math & english requirements

1st semester plan

ACT 1001 - Intro to Auto Collision (4)

ACT  1021 - Non-structural Repair Prep (3) 

ACT 1022 - Panel Repair & Replacements (3) 

ACT 1042 - Surface Preparation (2)

ACT 1043 - Spray Equipment Operation (2)

math & english requirements

MAT 1140 - Career Math (3)