Catalog 2023-2024 
    
    Apr 23, 2024  
Catalog 2023-2024

Automotive: Automotive Collision Repair


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(An ASE Educational Foundation Master Certified Program)


Location:

Windsor campus, Automotive & Technology Center

Administrative Support:

Margaret Carleton, Staff Associate, (970) 339-6286

Kimberly Johnson, Coordinator, (970) 339-6547

 Program Director:

Fred Brown (970) 339-6640

 Advisors and Faculty:

Kyle Cadarette, kyle.cadarette@aims.edu, (970) 339-6475

Mike Hanscome, mike.hanscome@aims.edu, (970) 339-6689

Sarah Ener, sarah.ener@aims.edu, 970(970)378-3676

Bonnie Bailey, bonita.bailey@aims.edu, (970) 378-3775

Degrees/Certificates Offered:

Automotive Collision Repair Technology (A.A.S. degree) 

Damage Appraisal and Estimating (certificate)

Non-Structural Repair Technician (certificate) 

Plastics Repair Technician (certificate)  

Refinish Technician (certificate) 

Structural Repair Technician (certificate) 

Upholstery (certificate)
 

Automotive Collision Repair Technology, A.A.S.

Mission: The mission of the Aims Automotive Programs is to prepare students with the necessary professional and technical skills to succeed in the automotive industry upon completion of the program degree; or, in the case of certificate-seekers or special-interest students, that they have acquired the skill-set they came to obtain.

Potential Opportunities: Collision repair and refinishing on the high-tech automobiles of today is a challenging and rewarding career. The vast changes in the design, construction, and finish of today’s automobiles have created a shortage of top-notch technicians.

Not only does the collision repair offer outstanding opportunities, it offers the kind of career where you can see the results of your efforts while taking pride in your work on each and every job.

The job of collision repair technicians is to repair damaged vehicles to a pre-accident condition. This is done by replacing or repairing and realigning the exterior panels, which are made of sheet metal, plastic or fiberglass. In addition, the technician must replace/straighten and align the structural components to bring the vehicle back to factory specification.

To help technicians perform top quality repair, most shops today are equipped with modern equipment such as:

• Body and frame machines to hold the vehicle in place while pulling the damaged areas back to specifications.
• Measuring equipment to show the technician which part of the structure is bent, and to verify when it is back to factory specifications.
• Special welding equipment to weld structural components made up of high strength low alloy steel and aluminum.
• Special equipment to repair plastic panels such as bumpers, interior panels, and on some newer vehicles, even fenders. 
 

Automobiles today come from the factory with glamour finishes, using layers of clear coats and pearl coats to give special effects and to provide extra durability. The refinish technician will be working with paint products far superior to those used just a few years ago. The technician must prepare the repaired areas of the vehicle, mask off adjacent panels, prime, sand, and spray the final finish.

Collision Program Requirements:  All students entering the automotive programs are required to take a college interest survey.  Advisors will determine what additional preparatory needs may be necessary. All students entering automotive collision classes for the first time must successfully pass the Introduction to Automotive Collision Technology class (ACT 101). Safe clothing, shoes, and eye protection are mandatory in all automotive shop classes and are the student’s responsibility to wear in accordance to the program rules and regulation. Additionally, students are required to furnish their own textbooks when not a part of the program supplied items. Consult advisors for a list of requirements. Students must complete all ACT subject courses and at least 15 credit hours of general education courses. Dexterity and proficiency testing are required in degree programs.

Registration Requirement: All students taking a course or courses must have an appropriate advisors signature on the course registration before registering.
 

Automotive Collision Repair Technology Advisory Committee

Kim Albreicht, Precision Auto Body

Ivan Arvizo, Kill Switch Automotive

James Cline, Greeley Volkswagen

Michele Cline, CarQuest

Bruce Hobleman, Dellenbach Body Shop

Alan Johnson, CRC Carstar

Doug Kaltenberger, CRC Carstar

Todd Pereira, Crash Champions

JD Smith, Weld County Truck City

Paul McClain, Weld County Garage

Brian Smallwood, Career Elevation and Technology Center

Kaiden Brier, Graduate

Mark Zeigler, Clear the Air Foundation

Brent Wells, Autotailor

Phil White, Phil’s Pro Auto Service

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