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Autobody Repair & Painting

Autobody Repair & Painting


The Auto Body Repair and Painting program has revised its curriculum based on the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), and Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-Car). The program prepares students to take further training if they desire I-Car certification.

First-year students learn to repair minor and major sheet metal damage and prime and paint over the damaged areas. Advanced students learn to repair structural damage by using a computerized frame straightener and to paint the cars in the industry-standard painting and baking booth. Safety is stressed. Students learn to use gas and MIG welders, to work with power tools, and to be alert to hazards from paints and solvents.

The Auto Body Repair and Painting program courses are clustered into certificates. Each certificate provides a set of marketable workplace skills. These certificates build on each other to fulfill the requirements for an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Auto Body Repair and Painting. This two-year degree program is primarily designed to begin every other fall. However, on the off years, it is possible for students to enter the program by taking selected major courses and general education courses that will apply toward degree completion.

This program is articulated with other UH Community College Auto Body programs. Students should plan to enroll in all the ABRP courses offered each semester in order to earn the desired certificate or degree in the shortest time possible. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with an academic advisor to help them plan the best path for reaching their academic goals.

The cost of tools and supplies for the four semesters is approximately $1,900. This cost can vary considerably, depending on where the student chooses to buy tools and supplies.

A GPA of 2.0 or higher for all courses applicable toward the degree or certificates is needed to meet graduation requirements.

Auto Body Repair and Painting Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • The ability to communicate effectively with customers, coworkers, and supervisors by using active listening, oral, and written skills.

  • The ability to identify an auto body repair problem, troubleshoot, and/or solve the problem by applying logic and math or by using appropriate resources (print or electronic format).

  • The ability to work independently and in teams to diagnose, service, prep, and repair vehicles.

  • The ability to demonstrate professionalism through initiative, efficiency, positive attitude, honesty, and ethics.

  • The ability to work safely and responsibly following all safety and environmental standards for an auto body shop.
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