If you enjoy metalworking, painting and detailing, and the satisfaction of restoring vehicles, you should consider our Collision Refinishing Technology program.
The Collision Refinishing Technology program at WyoTech is aligned with the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (I-CAR). Upon successful completion of the program, you'll be eligible for I-CAR ProLevel testing through I-CAR's Professional Development Program.
You'll take two courses in collision repair and two courses in refinishing as part of your core training program.
The collision repair courses will provide instruction in the fundamentals of repairing vehicles damaged in a collision. Special attention will be given to steel and aluminum panel repair, replacement and alignment, glass replacement and alignment, and MIG welding steel and aluminum. You'll also learn about squeeze-type resistance spot welding, structural measuring, structural straightening, heating and cooling systems, air conditioning, electrical circuits, restraint systems, suspension systems, antilock brakes and traction control systems.
The refinishing courses will provide you with instruction in surface preparation and masking, spray gun operation, detailing, paint mixing, paint application, spot repair and blending techniques. In addition, you'll learn about corrosion protection, refinishing equipment, worker protection, hazardous materials, damage analysis and estimating, plastic welding and repair and refinishing.
This core requirement course introduces you to the following workplace behavior, external sheet metal straightening including metal finishing and the use of plastic fillers, abrasive selection and usage, MIG welding and metal cutting procedures, moveable glass replacement, and bolt-on panel replacement and alignment, aluminum repair and welding, body construction, electrical systems, computers, air conditioning and restraint system. Safe and proper use of tools and equipment are covered in each area.
This core requirement course introduces you to frame sectioning, steering and suspension systems, wheel alignment, dimensioning procedures for analyzing structural damage, adhesive bonding, anchoring procedures, structural dimensioning using mechanical and computer measuring systems, stationary glass replacement, welded panel replacement procedures including resistance spot welding and unibody sectioning.
This core requirement course introduces you to workplace behavior, personal and environmental protection, refinishing equipment operation and maintenance, surface preparation, removing existing finishes, primer selection and application, paint chemistry, masking, using various products for surface prep and painting, ordering and mixing paint on a computerized scale, corrosion protection issues, refinishing problems and corrections, final surface detailing using power buffing and hand rubbing, and care of finished surfaces.
This core requirement course introduces you to damage analysis and estimating, application of stripes and decals, color matching and blending, collision/refinishing shop setup guidelines, identifying, repairing and refinishing of the different types of plastic components, factory special coatings improving cycle time and customer relations.
How long does it take to complete our Collision Refinishing Technology Program?
Career opportunities for Collision/Refinishing Technology graduates include:*
0-1 year of experience
These occupations usually require a high school diploma. Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
*Employment is not guaranteed, but career services help is available for students and graduates.
** Source: O*Net Online Sample of Reported Job Titles & Job Zone: Automotive Body and Related Repairers; https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3021.00. Industry job titles are provided as a sample, and may require additional training, licensure, or certification. Individual levels or responsibility and specific job titles vary by employer need and industry demand.
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*Compiled from: O*Net Online Skills, Abilities, Work Activities, Work Styles: Automotive Body and Related Repairers; https://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/49-3021.00.
* Not all programs and specialties offered at all locations
** At least one core program must be completed along with the student's choice of specialty concentration program in order to satisfy curriculum requirements. Not all programs and specialties offered at all locations.
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