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Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for. *Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the automotive repair industry.

Employment Information

68% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,877 starting annual wage

$49,462 annual average wage

$70,387 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is an I-CAR Industry Training Alliance member.

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities in the automotive collision repair industry are expected to grow along with the demand for qualified auto body technicians. Due to rapid changes in technology getting formal skills training in automotive body repair will better qualify and individual for employment.

About 68% of BTC Auto Collision Repair students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $49,462, with an earning potential of about $70,387 per year.*

Potential Positions

Program graduates can work as automotive body technicians for independent auto body repair shops, automobile or truck dealers or companies who specialize in body repairs and painting. Opportunities may also exist to work for organizations that maintain their own motor vehicles, such as trucking companies and automobile rental companies, automotive dealerships, automotive manufacturing plants, automotive recyclers, automotive parts and plastics supply shops, independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, aircraft detail and repair shops, boat manufacturers, and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include automotive repair technician, automotive glass specialist, automotive painter, auto body supply salesperson or body shop manager.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • CRT 101Introduction to Shop Safety3 credits

    Students will learn the essentials of shop safety and how to perform tasks in an auto collision repair facility safely without endangering themselves or others.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 102 and CRT 103 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-9:30aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
  • CRT 102Automotive Refinishing Basics10 credits

    Learn the essentials of prepping, masking and refinishing with HVLP or compliant refinish equipment to return a surface to pre-accident appearance. Surfaces refinished consist of all materials used to build modern day vehicles including, and not limited to, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as most types of composites and plastics. A strong emphasis on refinish equipment maintenance will also be covered in this course. Students will study the proper procedures of mixing undercoats and top coats to achieve the correct perceived color match.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 101 and CRT 103 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7MW 8:00a-10:30aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     MTWTh11:45a-2:15p
  • CRT 103New Technology and Exterior Trim3 credits

    This course will provide instruction on how to properly remove and install various interior and exterior trim to industry standards, using specialty tools specifically designed for that task. Students will also use multiple computer-based programs to look-up procedures for removing and installing interior and exterior trim without causing damage to the surrounding area or part. This course will also introduce new technology used in the newly released vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 101 and CRT 102 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     MTWTh 2:30p-3:00p
  • ENGL& 101English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/5T 5:30p-7:40pNELSON NOpenings: 23
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aRICHARDS JWaitlisted: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 5
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 11
    9/19-12/8Online NELSON NOpenings: 19
  • Quarter 2
  • CRT 121Removable Panels & Glass3 credits

    In this course, students will learn how to remove and install various types of automotive exterior bolt on panels and glass to industry standards. This course has a high emphasis on matching panel gaps and fitment to duplicate the appearance of pre-accident condition to complete a quality, undetectable repair.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 122 and CRT 123. CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisite: CRT 122 and CRT 123
  • CRT 122Non-Structural Body Repair8 credits

    In this course students will learn how to asses and repair various types of non-structural damage to ferrous and non-ferrous vehicle exterior panels using a multitude of tools and techniques best suited for the repair needing to be performed.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 121 and CRT 123.
  • CRT 123Auto Collision Exterior Lighting & Plastics4 credits

    This course covers the repairs of plastics and compounds used in the collision repair field. Part of this course will also focus on the diagnosis and repair of lighting systems commonly damaged in a collision.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 121 and CRT 122.
  • MATH& 141Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 16
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pPENG AOpenings: 7
    9/20-12/8Online PENG AOpenings: 7
  • Quarter 3
  • CRT 131Ferrous Auto Collision Welding4 credits

    This course covers Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding of ferrous 10g to 22g metals for the auto collision industry, including assembly and disassembly of the major components of a GMAW welder. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot welder malfunctions and welding defects to produce a quality weld.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 132 and CRT 133.
  • CRT 132Non-Ferrous Auto Collision Welding5 credits

    This course covers Metal Inert gas (MIG) welding of non-ferrous 1mm to 2.5mm aluminum for the auto collision industry, including assembly and disassembly of the major components of a GMAW welder. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot welder malfunctions and welding defects to produce a quality weld.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 131 and CRT 133.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRRIGGS AOpenings: 9
  • CRT 133Alternative Exterior Panel Replacement4 credits

    This course introduces the various types of exterior panel materials used in the automotive industry to improve vehicle strength while reducing weight. Students will learn multiple repair and attachment methods to maintain the integrity of the vehicle without compromising strength or increasing weight.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 131 and CRT 132.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRRIGGS AOpenings: 9
  • CMST& 101Introduction to Communications5 credits

    Fundamental course in communication theory. Students will apply knowledge in variety of settings including interpersonal, public speaking, and small group communication.

    Prerequisite:
    ENGL& 101 or CPT score of 86 or higher on sentence skills and 85 or higher on reading. Word processing knowledge required.
  • Quarter 4
  • CRT 201Advanced Collision Concepts 15 credits

    This course introduces the inspection and diagnosis process of the auto collision industry. Students will learn how to identify hidden damages to structural components of a vehicle involved in a major collision, identify prior damage and repairs, diagnose body control modules and repair the associated circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 202 and CRT 203.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/7F 7:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 10
     TTh 2:00p-3:00p
  • CRT 202Admin Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course will focus on the administrative work-flow of the auto collision repair industry. Students will learn how to create accurate estimates, estimate supplements, parts lists, and develop customer service and communication skills.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 201 and CRT 203.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8F12:00p-1:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 10
     MW 8:00a-2:00p
  • CRT 203Non-Structural Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course simulates an auto collision shop environment. Students will apply the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during the first year of the program to make non-structural repairs to a vehicle in the time allotted by an estimating program.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 201 and CRT 202.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8F 1:00p-2:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 10
     TTh 8:00a-2:00p
  • SOC& 101 *Introduction to Sociology5 credits

    This course introduces the major concepts and definitions of the science of sociology. Basic sociological inquiry is covered, and how social forces shape communal and individual behaviors and attitudes. Topics include socialization, cultures, deviance, social control, inequality, power, social class, race, gender, and institutions. Students learn the basic theories and perspectives of sociology and how those theories apply to the social landscape.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8Online POLLARD DOpenings: 14
  • Quarter 5
  • CRT 221Advanced Collision Concepts 25 credits

    This course focuses on advanced safety related components ranging from the vehicle structure to the safety restraint system.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 222 and CRT 223.
  • CRT 222Structural Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course simulates an auto collision shop environment. Students will apply the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during the first year of the program to make structural adjustments to a vehicle that is not within its factory build tolerances. Students will repair the damaged components in the time allotted by an estimating program.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 221 and CRT 223.
  • CRT 223Refinish Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course focuses on advanced refinishing techniques including color tinting, color blends and increasing productivity in the refinishing process.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 221 and CRT 222.
  • Quarter 6
  • CRT 231Final Industry Certification2 credits

    This course is a final review of non-structural body and refinishing core program content. Students will achieve I-CAR Level One certification in non-structural body and refinish roles.

    Prerequisite:
    All first year program classes with a C- or better and CRT 201, CRT 202, CRT 203, CRT 221, CRT 222, and CRT 223 all with a C- or better or instructor permission.
  • CRT 232Weld Certification Aluminum3 credits

    This course prepares students to obtain the I-CAR aluminum welding certification; this is a pass or fail course.

    Prerequisite:
    All first year program classes with a C- or better and CRT 201, CRT 202, CRT 203, CRT 221, CRT 222, and CRT 223 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission
  • CRT 233Weld Certification Steel3 credits

    This course prepares students to obtain the I-CAR steel welding certification; this is a pass or fail course.

    Prerequisite:
    All first year program classes with a C- or better and CRT 201, CRT 202, CRT 203, CRT 221, CRT 222, and CRT 223 all with a C- or better or instructor permission.
  • CRT 234Field-Based Experience7 credits

    This course provides industry training at a functioning repair facility approved by the instructor. Students will apply the skills learned in the program to a specific area of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS113 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS-T degree and are higher than those for the AAS degree. Please see AAS Entry Page for AAS requirements.

  • BTC College Level Math score of 75 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Collision Repair Technology AAS-T Degree Program will be able to:

  • Use basic industry tools, equipment and hazardous materials safely.
  • Diagnose and repair basic non-structural auto body damage to I-CAR standards.
  • Assess damaged vehicles and perform structural auto body repairs to I-CAR standards.
  • Diagnose and repair various types of plastic and composites used in the automotive industry.
  • Refinish various substrates to pre-accident condition.
  • Obtain I-CAR aluminum welding certification.
  • Obtain I-CAR steel welding certification.

Andrew Riggs - Instructor image

Andrew Riggs

Area of Instruction


Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Auto Collision Repair Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8426
ARiggs@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 115


Associate of Applied Science Degree

Automotive Collision Repair Technology Overview

Love cars and want to make fixing them your career? Bellingham Technical College’s Automotive Collision Repair Technology program will give you training for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or auto body repair shop manager. BTC’s automotive classes will train you for all aspects of automotive repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment in our full-service shop. Your training will include trade-specific skills, such as how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will train you with hands-on instruction that will earn you top jobs with employers such as independent automotive repair shops, car detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, automotive recyclers, and more.

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is an I-CAR Industry Training Alliance member.

Associate Degree & Certificate Programs

AAS- Associate Degree: Take six quarters of automotive classes, including an internship in the repair field, and graduate from Bellingham Technical College with your associate degree in Automotive Collision Repair Technology, ready to get top jobs in automotive repair shops and beyond.

AAS-T Transfer Degree: Take six quarters of general education and automotive classes, including an internship in the collision repair field. After completing the courses and training, you’ll be ready to get jobs in the automotive field, or you can transfer your class credits to a four-year university or college to earn your bachelor’s degree.

Automotive Non-Structural Repair Certificate: Earn this certificate in just two quarters and lean how to diagnose and repair basic non-structural auto body damage and apply basic refinishing concepts to industry standards.

Automotive Collision Repair Jobs & Employment

Job opportunities in the automotive collision repair industry are expected to grow along with the demand for qualified auto body technicians. Due to rapid changes in automotive technology, getting formal skills training in automotive body repair will better qualify BTC students for top jobs in the automotive field.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair Technology program graduates find jobs as automotive body technicians for independent auto body repair shops, car and truck dealerships, or companies who specialize in auto body repairs and painting. Job opportunities may also exist to work for organizations that maintain their own motor vehicles, such as trucking companies and automobile rental companies, automotive manufacturing plants, automotive recyclers, automotive parts and plastics supply shops, independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, aircraft detail and repair shops, boat manufacturers, and industrial manufacturing plants.

*Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the automotive repair industry.

Employment Information

68% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,877 starting annual wage

$49,462 average annual wage

$70,387 potential annual wage

Employment and wage data sources

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is an I-CAR Industry Training Alliance member.

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities in the automotive collision repair industry are expected to grow along with the demand for qualified auto body technicians. Due to rapid changes in technology getting formal skills training in automotive body repair will better qualify and individual for employment.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

About 68% of BTC Auto Collision Repair students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $49,462, with an earning potential of about $70,387 per year.* <>

Potential Positions

Program graduates can work as automotive body technicians for independent auto body repair shops, automobile or truck dealers or companies who specialize in body repairs and painting. Opportunities may also exist to work for organizations that maintain their own motor vehicles, such as trucking companies and automobile rental companies, automotive dealerships, automotive manufacturing plants, automotive recyclers, automotive parts and plastics supply shops, independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, aircraft detail and repair shops, boat manufacturers, and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include automotive repair technician, automotive glass specialist, automotive painter, auto body supply salesperson or body shop manager.

Courses

Use this tool to see this program's course offerings for upcoming quarters

Select Catalog     

Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • CRT 101Introduction to Shop Safety3 credits

    Students will learn the essentials of shop safety and how to perform tasks in an auto collision repair facility safely without endangering themselves or others.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 102 and CRT 103 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-9:30aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
  • CRT 102Automotive Refinishing Basics10 credits

    Learn the essentials of prepping, masking and refinishing with HVLP or compliant refinish equipment to return a surface to pre-accident appearance. Surfaces refinished consist of all materials used to build modern day vehicles including, and not limited to, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as most types of composites and plastics. A strong emphasis on refinish equipment maintenance will also be covered in this course. Students will study the proper procedures of mixing undercoats and top coats to achieve the correct perceived color match.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 101 and CRT 103 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7MW 8:00a-10:30aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     MTWTh11:45a-2:15p
  • CRT 103New Technology and Exterior Trim3 credits

    This course will provide instruction on how to properly remove and install various interior and exterior trim to industry standards, using specialty tools specifically designed for that task. Students will also use multiple computer-based programs to look-up procedures for removing and installing interior and exterior trim without causing damage to the surrounding area or part. This course will also introduce new technology used in the newly released vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 101 and CRT 102 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     MTWTh 2:30p-3:00p
  • AENGL 100Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/6MW 8:30a-9:50aHOFFMAN COpenings: 13
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aGERNAND JOpenings: 5
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 8
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aBURNS JOpenings: 12
    9/19-12/8Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 6
  • Quarter 2
  • CRT 121Removable Panels & Glass3 credits

    In this course, students will learn how to remove and install various types of automotive exterior bolt on panels and glass to industry standards. This course has a high emphasis on matching panel gaps and fitment to duplicate the appearance of pre-accident condition to complete a quality, undetectable repair.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 122 and CRT 123. CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisite: CRT 122 and CRT 123
  • CRT 122Non-Structural Body Repair8 credits

    In this course students will learn how to asses and repair various types of non-structural damage to ferrous and non-ferrous vehicle exterior panels using a multitude of tools and techniques best suited for the repair needing to be performed.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 121 and CRT 123.
  • CRT 123Auto Collision Exterior Lighting & Plastics4 credits

    This course covers the repairs of plastics and compounds used in the collision repair field. Part of this course will also focus on the diagnosis and repair of lighting systems commonly damaged in a collision.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 121 and CRT 122.
  • AMATH 100Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or MATH 090 or ABE 050 with a "C" or better.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 20
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aTOOMEY BOpenings: 4
    9/20-12/8MWF 2:10p-3:30pSTAFFOpenings: 13
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aTOOMEY BWaitlisted: 2
    9/20-12/8MWF12:30p-1:50pSTAFFOpenings: 14
    9/19-12/8Online MOYLE VOpenings: 14
  • Quarter 3
  • CRT 131Ferrous Auto Collision Welding4 credits

    This course covers Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding of ferrous 10g to 22g metals for the auto collision industry, including assembly and disassembly of the major components of a GMAW welder. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot welder malfunctions and welding defects to produce a quality weld.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 132 and CRT 133.
  • CRT 132Non-Ferrous Auto Collision Welding5 credits

    This course covers Metal Inert gas (MIG) welding of non-ferrous 1mm to 2.5mm aluminum for the auto collision industry, including assembly and disassembly of the major components of a GMAW welder. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot welder malfunctions and welding defects to produce a quality weld.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 131 and CRT 133.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRRIGGS AOpenings: 9
  • CRT 133Alternative Exterior Panel Replacement4 credits

    This course introduces the various types of exterior panel materials used in the automotive industry to improve vehicle strength while reducing weight. Students will learn multiple repair and attachment methods to maintain the integrity of the vehicle without compromising strength or increasing weight.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 131 and CRT 132.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8ARRRIGGS AOpenings: 9
  • CMST& 210Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-10:10aZAMORA AOpenings: 11
    9/20-12/8MWF10:10a-11:30aZAMORA AOpenings: 1
    9/20-12/6MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 0
    9/19-12/7TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 22
    9/19-12/8Online SMITH MOpenings: 6
    9/19-12/8Online ZAMORA AOpenings: 17
    9/19-12/8Online BURNS JOpenings: 14
  • Quarter 4
  • CRT 201Advanced Collision Concepts I5 credits

    This course introduces the inspection and diagnosis process of the auto collision industry. Students will learn how to identify hidden damages to structural components of a vehicle involved in a major collision, identify prior damage and repairs, diagnose body control modules and repair the associated circuits.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 202 and CRT 203.

    Future Offerings
    9/21-12/7F 7:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 10
     TTh 2:00p-3:00p
  • CRT 202Admin Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course will focus on the administrative work-flow of the auto collision repair industry. Students will learn how to create accurate estimates, estimate supplements, parts lists, and develop customer service and communication skills.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 201 and CRT 203.

    Future Offerings
    9/20-12/8F12:00p-1:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 10
     MW 8:00a-2:00p
  • CRT 203Non-Structural Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course simulates an auto collision shop environment. Students will apply the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during the first year of the program to make non-structural repairs to a vehicle in the time allotted by an estimating program.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 201 and CRT 202.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/8F 1:00p-2:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 10
     TTh 8:00a-2:00p
  • Quarter 5
  • CRT 221Advanced Collision Concepts 25 credits

    This course focuses on advanced safety related components ranging from the vehicle structure to the safety restraint system.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 222 and CRT 223.
  • CRT 222Structural Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course simulates an auto collision shop environment. Students will apply the knowledge, skills and abilities acquired during the first year of the program to make structural adjustments to a vehicle that is not within its factory build tolerances. Students will repair the damaged components in the time allotted by an estimating program.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 221 and CRT 223.
  • CRT 223Refinish Industry Simulation6 credits

    This course focuses on advanced refinishing techniques including color tinting, color blends and increasing productivity in the refinishing process.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101, CRT 102, CRT 103, CRT 121, CRT 122, CRT 123, CRT 131, CRT 132, and CRT 133 all with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 221 and CRT 222.
  • Quarter 6
  • CRT 231Final Industry Certification2 credits

    This course is a final review of non-structural body and refinishing core program content. Students will achieve I-CAR Level One certification in non-structural body and refinish roles.

    Prerequisite:
    All first year program classes with a C- or better and CRT 201, CRT 202, CRT 203, CRT 221, CRT 222, and CRT 223 all with a C- or better or instructor permission.
  • CRT 232Weld Certification Aluminum3 credits

    This course prepares students to obtain the I-CAR aluminum welding certification; this is a pass or fail course.

    Prerequisite:
    All first year program classes with a C- or better and CRT 201, CRT 202, CRT 203, CRT 221, CRT 222, and CRT 223 all with a C- or better or Instructor permission
  • CRT 233Weld Certification Steel3 credits

    This course prepares students to obtain the I-CAR steel welding certification; this is a pass or fail course.

    Prerequisite:
    All first year program classes with a C- or better and CRT 201, CRT 202, CRT 203, CRT 221, CRT 222, and CRT 223 all with a C- or better or instructor permission.
  • CRT 234Field-Based Experience7 credits

    This course provides industry training at a functioning repair facility approved by the instructor. Students will apply the skills learned in the program to a specific area of the industry.

    Prerequisite:
    Instructor permission.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS108 credits

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Collision Repair Technology AAS Degree Program will be able to:

  • Use basic industry tools, equipment and hazardous materials safely.
  • Diagnose and repair basic non-structural auto body damage to I-CAR standards.
  • Assess damaged vehicles and perform structural auto body repairs to I-CAR standards.
  • Diagnose and repair various types of plastic and composites used in the automotive industry.
  • Refinish various substrates to pre-accident condition.
  • Obtain I-CAR aluminum welding certification.
  • Obtain I-CAR steel welding certification.

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Andrew Riggs

Area of Instruction


Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Auto Collision Repair Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8426
ARiggs@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 115


Non-Structural Repair Certificate

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

Employment Information

68% BTC graduate placement rate

$37,877 starting annual wage

$49,462 average annual wage

$70,387 potential annual wage

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The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is an I-CAR Industry Training Alliance member.

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Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

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Jobs & Employment

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair Technology program and Automotive Refinishing certificate will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

The average annual wage in this field is $49,462, with an earning potential of about $70,387 per year.*

Courses

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Courses are from the 2017-18 Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • CRT 101Introduction to Shop Safety3 credits

    Students will learn the essentials of shop safety and how to perform tasks in an auto collision repair facility safely without endangering themselves or others.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 102 and CRT 103 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh 8:00a-9:30aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
  • CRT 102Automotive Refinishing Basics10 credits

    Learn the essentials of prepping, masking and refinishing with HVLP or compliant refinish equipment to return a surface to pre-accident appearance. Surfaces refinished consist of all materials used to build modern day vehicles including, and not limited to, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, as well as most types of composites and plastics. A strong emphasis on refinish equipment maintenance will also be covered in this course. Students will study the proper procedures of mixing undercoats and top coats to achieve the correct perceived color match.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 101 and CRT 103 or instructor permission.

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7MW 8:00a-10:30aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     MTWTh11:45a-2:15p
  • CRT 103New Technology and Exterior Trim3 credits

    This course will provide instruction on how to properly remove and install various interior and exterior trim to industry standards, using specialty tools specifically designed for that task. Students will also use multiple computer-based programs to look-up procedures for removing and installing interior and exterior trim without causing damage to the surrounding area or part. This course will also introduce new technology used in the newly released vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.

    Prerequisite:
    No prerequisites; Co-requisites: CRT 101 and CRT 102 or instructor permission

    Future Offerings
    9/19-12/7TTh10:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     MTWTh 2:30p-3:00p
  • Quarter 2
  • CRT 121Removable Panels & Glass3 credits

    In this course, students will learn how to remove and install various types of automotive exterior bolt on panels and glass to industry standards. This course has a high emphasis on matching panel gaps and fitment to duplicate the appearance of pre-accident condition to complete a quality, undetectable repair.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 122 and CRT 123. CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisite: CRT 122 and CRT 123
  • CRT 122Non-Structural Body Repair8 credits

    In this course students will learn how to asses and repair various types of non-structural damage to ferrous and non-ferrous vehicle exterior panels using a multitude of tools and techniques best suited for the repair needing to be performed.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 121 and CRT 123.
  • CRT 123Auto Collision Exterior Lighting & Plastics4 credits

    This course covers the repairs of plastics and compounds used in the collision repair field. Part of this course will also focus on the diagnosis and repair of lighting systems commonly damaged in a collision.

    Prerequisite:
    CRT 101 with a C- or better or instructor permission; Co-requisites: CRT 121 and CRT 122.
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS31 credits

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the Certificate and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 38 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Automotive Collision Repair Technology Non-Structural Repair Certificate Program will be able to:

  • Use basic industry tools, equipment and hazardous materials safely.
  • Diagnose and repair basic non-structural auto body damage to I-CAR standards.
  • Diagnose and repair various types of plastic and composites used in the automotive industry.
  • Apply basic refinishing concepts to industry standards.

Andrew Riggs - Instructor image

Andrew Riggs

Area of Instruction


Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Degrees and Certifications


A.A.S., Auto Collision Repair Technology, Bellingham Technical College

Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification

Contact Info


752-8426
ARiggs@btc.edu
Morse Center (MC) - Room 115