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What is Collision Repair?
Arcadia Valley Career Tech offers a cutting edge Collision Repair training program that, over the years, has enabled graduates to enter the industry and pursue successful careers. The program in designed for two years of study. You start the program in Auto Collision I as junior and them come back as a senior for Auto Collision II. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded vocational certification in Auto Collision Repair. The program is currently working toward ASE certification and students can seek certification testing on their own upon completing this program of study and one year of employment in the field.

Job Opportunities
The employment outlook in collision repair remain hot and extremely lucrative. Technicians and entry-level trainees are in short supply. The short supply, and need to keep up with technology, tends to keep pay and benefits at a premium. Although many students get jobs right out of high school, others may decide to seek a two-year associate degree from the local community college. Some of the career opportunities are:

  • Insurance claims adjusters
  • Paint technician
  • Glass technician
  • Body repair technician
  • Frame/unibody repair technician
  • Auto detailer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Automotive designer
  • Insurance claims adjusters
  • Paint technician
  • Glass technician
  • Body repair technician
  • Frame/unibody repair technician
  • Auto detailer
  • Automotive engineer
  • Automotive designer

Units of Study
Areas studied in the Collision Repair program are:

  • Computer estimating using ADP Shoplink software
  • Computer based color mixing using PPG Access
  • Welding and cutting with state of the are MIG, plasma, plastic welding, and gas equipment
  • Chief EZ-Liner frame machine with computer based laser-measuring equipment
  • HVLP spray equipment and air brushes
  • Air conditioning
  • Glass replacement 
  • Fiberglass repair
  • Metal shaping and fabrication
  • Paintless dent repair 
  • Steering and suspension
  • Interior repairs 
  • Automotive electrical

The student earns 6 practical arts credits toward graduation and has the option to earn both a math credit and an english credit. Also, the student can earn certification in ADP Shoplink Estimating and National Air Conditioning certification.

College Credit Available
As a part of the Collision Repair class, the student has the opportunity to earn college credit through the 2+2 agreement with Mineral Area College. Listed below are the classes that are credited:

  • Shop management & Estimating
  • Metal Welding & Cutting
  • Non-Structional damage analysis
  • Non-Structional damage repair
  • Refinish-Undercoats
  • Structural damage analysis
  • Structural damage repair I
  • Structural damage repair II
  • Refinishing & Painting I
  • Refinishing & Painting II
  • Plastics & Adhesives
  • Preparation for employment
  • Occupational leadership develop. I
  • Occupational leadership develop. II

The student can earn up to 36 hours of college credit while enrolled in Auto Collision Repair.