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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

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Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • ACRT 101Introduction to Auto Collision Repair4 credits

    This course covers personal, tool and equipment safety; workplace ethics; and hazardous materials.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 105Non-Structural Welding8 credits

    This course covers the differences between various metal joining processes, selection of the correct process for different types of jobs, and the advantages of MIG welding, plasma cutting, spot welding, and gas welding and cutting.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101
  • ACRT 110Refinishing Safety2 credits

    This course will address the basic knowledge and skill to perform personal and environmental safety practices, spray gun and related equipment operation, surface preparation, and various refinishing operations used on vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 110
  • ACRT 268Refinishing Final Detail3 credits

    This course addresses basic theory and practical applications of color sanding, buffing, and polishing after refinishing. This course also covers vehicle cleanup before the vehicle is delivered to the customer.

    Prerequisite:
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus 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
    1/4-3/22WF 8:30a-9:50aPENG AOpenings: 14
    1/4-3/22Online PENG AOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 3
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aPENG AOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online PENG AOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • ACRT 115Non-Structural Repair2 credits

    This course addresses basic personal safety, vehicle safety, equipment, product knowledge, and basic knowledge required to perform non-structural analysis and damage repair.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110

    Future Offerings
    1/4-1/18DAILY 8:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 1
  • ACRT 123Non-Structural Metal Finishing5 credits

    This course covers the correct mixing and application of body fillers that will increase the quality of a repair. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, basic fundamentals of metal straightening, and proper selection of metal straightening tools is also included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 115

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/10MWF12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 1
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 125Refinishing Surface Preparation5 credits

    This course covers how to determine the condition of a vehicle’s finish and plan the steps to be used in refinishing the vehicle. Instruction in safety and environmental awareness is also included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123

    Future Offerings
    1/19-3/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aRIGGS AWaitlisted: 0
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 141Outer Body Panel Repair4 credits

    This course covers replacement and adjustment of outer body panels, selection of alignment tools, and understanding how to use panel replacement and alignment tools. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, human relations and work ethics are taught as an integral part of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/22MWF12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 1
  • ENGL& 101 *English 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 12
    1/5-3/21Th 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 4
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online NELSON NWaitlisted: 1
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/13T 8:00a-10:10aRICHARDS JOpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online NELSON NOpenings: 24
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    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
    1/4-3/23Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/22MWF10:10a-11:30aMUDD SOpenings: 12
    1/4-3/22MW12:30p-1:50pMUDD SOpenings: 15
    4/4-3/16TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF10:10a-11:30aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online MUDD SOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • ACRT 130Damage Analysis3 credits

    This course covers the procedure for analyzing vehicle damage and estimating repair costs using manual and computerized estimating systems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    4/4-4/13TTh 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     TTh 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 133Paint Matching & Blending7 credits

    This course addresses mixing all types of refinishing materials, the theory of matching refinishing materials, painting and blending techniques, and paint application.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123, ACRT 125

    Future Offerings
    4/5-4/21MWF 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 138Restoring Corrosion Protection3 credits

    This course covers corrosion and its effect on vehicles, how to restore corrosion protection to collision damaged areas, and how to work safely with chemicals. Student plan effective and correct corrosion protection treatment for welded areas and exposed seams, interior seams, exposed surfaces, trim and accessories during repairs.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123
  • ACRT 142Shop Practicum I6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140

    Future Offerings
    4/24-6/19MWF 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 3
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ACRT 140Drive Train, Fuel, Brakes, HVAC2 credits

    This course covers repair of a vehicle involved in a collision including removal of mechanical parts such as drive train and engine parts. It also covers servicing heating and A/C systems of a vehicle involved in a collision.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 251Structural Welding4 credits

    This course addresses welding safety, setup, and uses of a MIG welder for aluminum and steel. Students learn how to weld different types of metals. To complete this course students must pass all welding tests based on I-CAR standards.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 142, ACRT 143
  • ACRT 253Moveable Glass & Hardware2 credits

    This course covers removal, installation, and adjustment of moveable glass and its hardware. Students identify causes of door glass problems and learn how to correct air and water leaks.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 254Structural Fixed Glass2 credits

    This course emphasizes the role glass plays in the structural integrity of the vehicle and includes information about automobile glass and methods for removal and installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 253
  • ACRT 256Unibody Inspection4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel and aluminum unibody vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251
  • ACRT 262Frame Inspection & Repair4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel framed vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260
  • Quarter 5
  • ACRT 255Suspension & Steering4 credits

    This course covers identification and diagnosis of tire and wheel steering, rack and pinion steering, power steering suspension, strut type, and steering and suspension system problems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-1/18DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 9
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 260Shop Practicum III6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256

    Future Offerings
    1/19-1/31DAILY12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 7
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 263Restraint Systems2 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and inspection of restraint and SRS systems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    2/1-2/15DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 264Plastics & Adhesives4 credits

    This course covers the different types of plastic used in today’s automobiles, and how to identify and repair them.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    2/16-3/7DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 9
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 266Electrical System Repair3 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and repair of electrical system problems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    3/8-3/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 9
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • Quarter 6
  • ACRT 270Shop Practicum IV10 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260, ACRT 262, ACRT 263, ACRT 264, ACRT 266

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20DAILYRIGGS AOpenings: 10
  • ACRT 275Internship7 credits

    The student will gain hands-on work experience with an auto collision repair employer.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260, ACRT 262, ACRT 263, ACRT 264, ACRT 266, ACRT 270 with a passing s
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS127 credits

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

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Program Start

  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology students must show their current 3 year “Abstract of Driving Record” from Washington State DOL to their program instructor ("current" is within the week prior to submission). This abstract will be required during the first week of the Fall Quarter and will be kept on file for advising purposes only.

    Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.

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 will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills to repair a damaged vehicle using teamwork skills, non-structural repair methods, structural repair methods and refinishing skills to complete the repair of the damage vehicle through hands on demonstrations in allotted time.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in MIG welding, Oxy-Acetylene and Plasma cutting, Oxy-Acetylene welding and spot welding through hands on applied demonstration and test to I-CAR standards.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in repairing soft, semi-rigid and rigid plastic vehicle parts through hands on applied demonstrations to I-CAR standards.

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 Refinishing Certificate: Take three quarters of automotive classes followed by an internship in the automotive field to train you for your career in automotive refinishing.

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

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

Courses from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • ACRT 101Introduction to Auto Collision Repair4 credits

    This course covers personal, tool and equipment safety; workplace ethics; and hazardous materials.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 105Non-Structural Welding8 credits

    This course covers the differences between various metal joining processes, selection of the correct process for different types of jobs, and the advantages of MIG welding, plasma cutting, spot welding, and gas welding and cutting.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101
  • ACRT 110Refinishing Safety2 credits

    This course will address the basic knowledge and skill to perform personal and environmental safety practices, spray gun and related equipment operation, surface preparation, and various refinishing operations used on vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 110
  • ACRT 268Refinishing Final Detail3 credits

    This course addresses basic theory and practical applications of color sanding, buffing, and polishing after refinishing. This course also covers vehicle cleanup before the vehicle is delivered to the customer.

    Prerequisite:
  • AMATH 100 *Applied 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pWHITMORE DOpenings: 16
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aWHITMORE DOpenings: 14
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pWHITMORE DOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online MOYLE VWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 15
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pWHITMORE DOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • ACRT 115Non-Structural Repair2 credits

    This course addresses basic personal safety, vehicle safety, equipment, product knowledge, and basic knowledge required to perform non-structural analysis and damage repair.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110

    Future Offerings
    1/4-1/18DAILY 8:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 1
  • ACRT 123Non-Structural Metal Finishing5 credits

    This course covers the correct mixing and application of body fillers that will increase the quality of a repair. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, basic fundamentals of metal straightening, and proper selection of metal straightening tools is also included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 115

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/10MWF12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 1
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 125Refinishing Surface Preparation5 credits

    This course covers how to determine the condition of a vehicle’s finish and plan the steps to be used in refinishing the vehicle. Instruction in safety and environmental awareness is also included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123

    Future Offerings
    1/19-3/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aRIGGS AWaitlisted: 0
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 141Outer Body Panel Repair4 credits

    This course covers replacement and adjustment of outer body panels, selection of alignment tools, and understanding how to use panel replacement and alignment tools. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, human relations and work ethics are taught as an integral part of this course.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140

    Future Offerings
    2/15-3/22MWF12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 1
  • AENGL 100 *Applied 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
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pNELSON NOpenings: 18
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 18
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 1
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aHATCH LWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/23Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 3
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • ACRT 130Damage Analysis3 credits

    This course covers the procedure for analyzing vehicle damage and estimating repair costs using manual and computerized estimating systems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    4/4-4/13TTh 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     TTh 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 133Paint Matching & Blending7 credits

    This course addresses mixing all types of refinishing materials, the theory of matching refinishing materials, painting and blending techniques, and paint application.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123, ACRT 125

    Future Offerings
    4/5-4/21MWF 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 138Restoring Corrosion Protection3 credits

    This course covers corrosion and its effect on vehicles, how to restore corrosion protection to collision damaged areas, and how to work safely with chemicals. Student plan effective and correct corrosion protection treatment for welded areas and exposed seams, interior seams, exposed surfaces, trim and accessories during repairs.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123
  • ACRT 142Shop Practicum I6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140

    Future Offerings
    4/24-6/19MWF 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 3
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ACRT 140Drive Train, Fuel, Brakes, HVAC2 credits

    This course covers repair of a vehicle involved in a collision including removal of mechanical parts such as drive train and engine parts. It also covers servicing heating and A/C systems of a vehicle involved in a collision.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 251Structural Welding4 credits

    This course addresses welding safety, setup, and uses of a MIG welder for aluminum and steel. Students learn how to weld different types of metals. To complete this course students must pass all welding tests based on I-CAR standards.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 142, ACRT 143
  • ACRT 253Moveable Glass & Hardware2 credits

    This course covers removal, installation, and adjustment of moveable glass and its hardware. Students identify causes of door glass problems and learn how to correct air and water leaks.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 254Structural Fixed Glass2 credits

    This course emphasizes the role glass plays in the structural integrity of the vehicle and includes information about automobile glass and methods for removal and installation.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 253
  • ACRT 256Unibody Inspection4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel and aluminum unibody vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251
  • ACRT 262Frame Inspection & Repair4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel framed vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260
  • Quarter 5
  • ACRT 255Suspension & Steering4 credits

    This course covers identification and diagnosis of tire and wheel steering, rack and pinion steering, power steering suspension, strut type, and steering and suspension system problems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    1/4-1/18DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 9
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 260Shop Practicum III6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256

    Future Offerings
    1/19-1/31DAILY12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 7
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 263Restraint Systems2 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and inspection of restraint and SRS systems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    2/1-2/15DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 8
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 264Plastics & Adhesives4 credits

    This course covers the different types of plastic used in today’s automobiles, and how to identify and repair them.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    2/16-3/7DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 9
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 266Electrical System Repair3 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and repair of electrical system problems.

    Prerequisite:

    Future Offerings
    3/8-3/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 9
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • Quarter 6
  • ACRT 270Shop Practicum IV10 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260, ACRT 262, ACRT 263, ACRT 264, ACRT 266

    Future Offerings
    4/4-6/20DAILYRIGGS AOpenings: 10
  • ACRT 275Internship7 credits

    The student will gain hands-on work experience with an auto collision repair employer.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260, ACRT 262, ACRT 263, ACRT 264, ACRT 266, ACRT 270 with a passing s
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS122 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Program Start

  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology students must show their current 3 year “Abstract of Driving Record” from Washington State DOL to their program instructor ("current" is within the week prior to submission). This abstract will be required during the first week of the Fall Quarter and will be kept on file for advising purposes only.

    Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.

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 will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills to repair a damaged vehicle using teamwork skills, non-structural repair methods, structural repair methods and refinishing skills to complete the repair of the damage vehicle through hands on demonstrations in allotted time.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in MIG welding, Oxy-Acetylene and Plasma cutting, Oxy-Acetylene welding and spot welding through hands on applied demonstration and test to I-CAR standards.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in repairing soft, semi-rigid and rigid plastic vehicle parts through hands on applied demonstrations to I-CAR standards.

Automotive Refinishing 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

Employment and wage data sources

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

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Gainful Employment Information

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 from the BTC Catalog

  • Quarter 1
  • ACRT 101Introduction to Auto Collision Repair4 credits

    This course covers personal, tool and equipment safety; workplace ethics; and hazardous materials.

    Prerequisite:
  • ACRT 110Refinishing Safety2 credits

    This course will address the basic knowledge and skill to perform personal and environmental safety practices, spray gun and related equipment operation, surface preparation, and various refinishing operations used on vehicles.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 110
  • ACRT 115Non-Structural Repair2 credits

    This course addresses basic personal safety, vehicle safety, equipment, product knowledge, and basic knowledge required to perform non-structural analysis and damage repair.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110

    Future Offerings
    1/4-1/18DAILY 8:00a-11:00aRIGGS AOpenings: 1
  • ACRT 125Refinishing Surface Preparation5 credits

    This course covers how to determine the condition of a vehicle’s finish and plan the steps to be used in refinishing the vehicle. Instruction in safety and environmental awareness is also included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123

    Future Offerings
    1/19-3/23DAILY 8:00a-11:00aRIGGS AWaitlisted: 0
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • AMATH 100 *Applied 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pWHITMORE DOpenings: 16
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aWHITMORE DOpenings: 14
    1/4-3/22MWF 2:10p-3:30pWHITMORE DOpenings: 9
    1/4-3/23Online MOYLE VWaitlisted: 5
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 15
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pWHITMORE DOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aRING COpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online MOYLE VOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • ACRT 123Non-Structural Metal Finishing5 credits

    This course covers the correct mixing and application of body fillers that will increase the quality of a repair. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, basic fundamentals of metal straightening, and proper selection of metal straightening tools is also included.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 115

    Future Offerings
    1/4-2/10MWF12:00p-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 1
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 138Restoring Corrosion Protection3 credits

    This course covers corrosion and its effect on vehicles, how to restore corrosion protection to collision damaged areas, and how to work safely with chemicals. Student plan effective and correct corrosion protection treatment for welded areas and exposed seams, interior seams, exposed surfaces, trim and accessories during repairs.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123
  • ACRT 142Shop Practicum I6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140

    Future Offerings
    4/24-6/19MWF 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 268Refinishing Final Detail3 credits

    This course addresses basic theory and practical applications of color sanding, buffing, and polishing after refinishing. This course also covers vehicle cleanup before the vehicle is delivered to the customer.

    Prerequisite:
  • AENGL 100 *Applied 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
    1/5-3/23Th 1:10p-3:20pNELSON NOpenings: 18
    1/4-3/22MW 8:30a-9:50aHATCH LOpenings: 18
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pGERNAND JOpenings: 1
    1/4-3/22MW10:10a-11:30aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 1
    1/5-3/23TTh 8:00a-10:10aHATCH LWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/23Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 3
    4/4-6/13T 1:10p-3:20pHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW 8:30a-9:50aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MWF 2:10p-3:30pHATCH LOpenings: 26
    4/5-6/14MW10:10a-11:30aKONGSHAUG COpenings: 26
    4/4-6/16Online DONNELLY ROpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • ACRT 133Paint Matching & Blending7 credits

    This course addresses mixing all types of refinishing materials, the theory of matching refinishing materials, painting and blending techniques, and paint application.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 110, ACRT 123, ACRT 125

    Future Offerings
    4/5-4/21MWF 8:00a-3:00pRIGGS AOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 143Shop Practicum II6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 142
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal 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
    1/5-3/23TTh 5:30p-7:40pMUDD SOpenings: 19
    1/4-3/22MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MWaitlisted: 3
    1/5-3/23TTh 1:10p-3:20pSMITH MWaitlisted: 1
    1/4-3/22MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    1/4-3/23Online BURNS JWaitlisted: 2
    4/5-6/14MW 2:10p-3:30pSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/5-6/16MWF 8:30a-9:50aSMITH MOpenings: 28
    4/4-3/16TTh 1:10p-3:20pMUDD SOpenings: 28
    4/4-6/16Online LIPPMAN LOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
    4/4-6/16Online BURNS JOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ACRT 275Internship7 credits

    The student will gain hands-on work experience with an auto collision repair employer.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101, ACRT 105, ACRT 110, ACRT 115, ACRT 123, ACRT 125, ACRT 130, ACRT 133, ACRT 138, ACRT 140, ACRT 141, ACRT 142, ACRT 143, ACRT 251, ACRT 253, ACRT 254, ACRT 255, ACRT 256,ACRT 260, ACRT 262, ACRT 263, ACRT 264, ACRT 266, ACRT 270 with a passing s
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS65 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other Certificate or AAS General Education class options and alternatives

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Program Start

  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology students must show their current 3 year “Abstract of Driving Record” from Washington State DOL to their program instructor ("current" is within the week prior to submission). This abstract will be required during the first week of the Fall Quarter and will be kept on file for advising purposes only.

    Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current "Abstract of Driving Record" at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.

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 will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in refinishing.