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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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Spring 2024 registration opens October 30

Spring classes will fill quickly! Make sure you have a plan for Spring classes so you can register early and enroll in the classes you need to reach your goals. Need guidance? Our academic advising office is here to help!

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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

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1st semester plan

4 Credit Hours

3 Credit Hours

3 Credit Hours

2 Credit Hours

2 Credit Hours

math requirements

3 Credit Hours

Voices of PPSC

Wil Elwood

Voices of PPSC

Teaching at Pikes Peak State College is a privilege. Every day in the classroom is a new challenge. Seeing our students succeed and thrive here and then at four-year colleges and universities is immensely rewarding.

Wil Elwood
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Faculty Contact

Ralph Mills 
719- 502-3456

Advising Team