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AUTO COLLISION REPAIR TECHNOLOGY
*We take the DENTS out of accidents*

 

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is designed to prepare students for a career in repairing, replacing, and straightening damaged components of vehicles. Collision repair technicians are craftsmen who can repair and restore automobile bodies to pre-accident condition with the utmost detail and accuracy.

 

Once a student successfully completes the safety tests on equipment use, he/she will spend the time divided between the classroom and the shop.  A high percentage of their time is spent in the shop learning from hands-on experience.  For each year of successful completion of the auto collision repair program, students will receive three credits toward graduation.

 

Auto Collision I

 

This program provides instruction in the body and frame components and the fundamental processes and techniques for straightening, repairing, replacing, and refinishing damaged components of vehicles. Students learn shop safety including the proper use of tools, equipment, and materials, and techniques including MIG welding, plastic parts repair, and paint gun techniques to the degree of proficiency necessary for employment in the trade. Students will use equipment, from frame straightening machines to paint booths, which is state-of-the-art.

 

   Auto Collision II

Second year students will continue to hone their skills in auto collision repair. Students will experience the art of taping, covering, and painting vehicles in an air-controlled, downdraft paint booth. Color matching, tinting, and blending techniques are explored. Students will experience setting up, measuring, and pulling unit-body and full-framed vehicles on the frame bench. They will make necessary non-structural and structural repairs as needed to bring collision damaged vehicles back to a like-new condition. Assessment and repair cost estimation are integral parts of auto collision repair and will be covered, along with welding and welding techniques.

 

Auto Collision III

The third year of the program focuses on structural repairs of late model vehicles, production painting techniques, and completion of the I-CAR Welding Qualification Test. Upon showing competency in the previous areas, students will be allowed to explore custom techniques, major collision repairs, or a special interest project. After completing the first semester, students may job shadow and with approval, leave school to work in a body shop or collision repair facility.

Thin Metal Welding

Students will learn the basics of thin metal welding.  In particular, students will learn shop safety; basic knowledge of welding equipment, materials, and processes; oxy-acetylene cutting, heating, brazing, and welding; plasma arc cutting; and MIG plug, continuous, and stitch welds in the flat, vertical, and overhead positions using plug, filet, open butt, butt, and backer welds.  The focus will be on welding skills commonly used in the automotive trades but will also be helpful for those interested in learning basic welding for a hobby or introduction in a career as a welder.  This course meets after school from late fall to early spring.

 

  • I-Car Gold Class Member

  • I-Car Alliance School

  • I-Car Welding Qualification Test Site for Steel, Aluminum and Structural Steel Welding

 

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Auto Collision Repair Advisory Board members:

 

  • Stan Morgan-Broadway Collision

  • Stan Bumpus-Western Maine Classics

  • Matthew Kiley-Viking Motors

  • Ken Lamb-Viking Motors

  • Chris Gousse-Coleman's Collision

  • Tim LeClair-PPG Paint Company

  • Tim Malloy-Goodwin's Collision Center

  • Steve Zogopolos-Superior Paint Co.

Instructor: Fred Steeves

Phone: (207) 743-7756 ext. 1105
Fax: (207) 743-0667
Email: f.steeves@msad17.org 

Instructional Asst: Jeffrey Tucker

Phone: (207) 743-7756 ext. 1105
Fax: (207) 743-0667

Email: j.tucker@msad17.org