You’ll spend the first part of this program mastering everything from structural repairs to painting to refinishing. Working on various hands-on projects in the garage at Tech you’ll learn how to fix the big dents and dings and the tiny details such as handles, moldings and trim. Be prepared to expand your welding skills by learning how to MIG welding joints following I-CAR standards and auto collision squeeze-type resistance spot welding. Once your skills meet industry standards, you’ll move into a local collision repair shop and get on-the-job experience as an apprentice!
The hours completed in this major are aligned with ASE/NATEF standards, and ASE certification is recommended and industry recognized. The skills you’ll learn in this program can be applied to automobiles, boats, motorcycles and power sports equipment.
Get out of the classroom and into the real world with projects such as:
Use the skills you’ll learn in this program to find a career you’ll love. Possibilities include:
Introduction to Collision Repair Technology
Auto Collision Trim and Hardware
Auto Collision Non-Structural Metal Straightening/Repair
Auto Collision MIG (GMAW) Welding
Automotive Body Panel Adjustment and Alignment
Refinish Color Adjustment
Refinish Blending and Painting Defects
Auto Collision Plastic Component Repair and Replacement
Automotive Glass Replacement
Auto Collision Damage Analysis
Auto Collision Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding (STRSW)
Auto Collision Structural Repair
Collision Repair Advanced Career Major Capstone
Collision Repair Career Major Capstone
WorkKeys®, an assessment tool from the ACT® organization, measures skills employers have identified as critical to job success in their industry and are used in hiring and promoting employees. Students are able to earn the ACT®-issued National Career Readiness Certificate by meeting the score requirements for their job field on three WorkKeys® assessments.
Matching the right employees with the right job creates employee job satisfaction, increased self-confidence and the best wages possible for the employee. The employer benefits with reduced turnover and training, increased productivity and overall company success. To learn about the WorkKeys® scores needed for your future career field visit Job Profiles.
The required WorkKeys scores for this career major are:
Applied Math – 3
Workplace Documents – 3
Graphic Literacy – 3
In order to be successful in a career, students will need to meet all technical and academic standards related to their career of choice at Meridian. Meridian offers rigorous programs of study designed in cooperation with business and industry to ensure students are fully prepared for the demands of the workplace.
When a student completes all standards as set forth in their program of study, they will be considered a graduate of Meridian and receive the Career Ready Credential. Students who do not meet these standards will not be considered graduates of Meridian. Students should have:
Students earning a Career Ready Credential may also earn the Postsecondary Ready Endorsement, Citizenship Ready Endorsement and the National Career Readiness Certificate (CRC).