Auto Body Technology

Automotive Schools, Auto Body Technician Program

Associate in Science Degree

As one of the oldest auto body schools, New England Tech has delivered hundreds of graduates to the auto body industry since opening our Rhode Island automotive school campus.

Our Associates degree  program in auto body repair technology offers a comprehensive study of all aspects of auto body repair, collision repair technology, and automotive refinishing.

Working with the same advanced tools and equipment found throughout the auto body repair industry, our students are provided theory and hands-on practice in bumper repair, frame repair, auto body estimating, unibody repair, automobile dent repair, sheet metal repair, sheet metal replacement, windshield replacement, auto glass installation, and auto painting techniques.

Students also study automotive technology, which provides a well-rounded understanding of the mechanical elements commonly associated with auto body and collision repair - such as electrical diagnosis, engine accessories, wheels and tires, drivetrain parts, suspension parts, auto brakes repair, auto air conditioning, air bag systems, and heating/cooling.

After successful completion, graduates are prepared to enter a range of skilled technician positions within the $40B auto body industry.

Graduates may also elect to continue their studies for a Bachelor of Science business management degree as part of our accelerated Business Management and Automotive Service Management  degreed programs

NEIT's Automotive Collision Repair Technology program is Master-Certified by the National Automotive Technician's Education Foundation (NATEF), 101 Blue Seal Drive, Suite 101, Leesburg, Virginia 20175, telephone (703) 669-6650.


Related: Automotive Service & Repair 

Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission Statement:
The mission of the Automotive Collision Repair Technology (ACR) program is to create entry-level technicians prepared for employment in automotive new vehicle dealerships, independent collision repair establishments, fleet service centers and car rental organizations. Through participation in classroom and lab activities, students enrolled in the program will gain the knowledge and experiences necessary to obtain an Associate in Science degree and to pursue employment at an entry level in the automotive industry or acceptance into an industry advanced level training program.

Program Goals:
1. The ACR program will provide students with the necessary experiences to become employable in the automotive collision repair industry at an entry level.
2. The ACR program will provide students with the necessary lab activities according to the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) standards to prepare students to sit for the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams.
3. The ACR program will strive to instill in students a professional work ethic.
4. The ACR program will provide students the knowledge of workplace hazards so students will be able to work safely in the automotive collision repair industry.

Program Outcomes:
Students successfully completing the Automotive Collision Repair program will be able to:
• Show concern for safety while working in the Collision Repair Lab.
• Identify on sight tools and equipment used in the Collision Repair field.
• Choose the correct materials to be used in the repair of modern vehicles.
• Inspect and analyze damage on instructor supply component.
• Demonstrate a sense of responsibility by wearing proper work attire and attend class completing assignments on time.
• Understand the different types of spray guns and air compressors used in the collision repair industry.
• Understand the mix ratios and related additives for primers, sealers, and topcoats used in automotive refinishing.
• Gain an understanding of the process used to prepare the surface for undercoat and topcoat application.
• Have an ability to identify computers and electronic scales to formulate colors to match vehicle manufacturer’s topcoat systems.
• Understand the different sizes and brands of masking tape and paper used to mask & cover the vehicle prior to refinishing.
• Understand proper use and application of refinishing materials.
• Demonstrate an ability to cut and weld components.
• Join/weld panel components to industry standards.
• Diagnose and measure structural damage using tram and self-centering gauges according to industry specifications.
• Identify misaligned or damaged steering, suspension, and powertrain components that can cause vibration, steering, and 4-wheel alignment problems; realign or replace in accordance with vehicle manufacturer's specifications/procedures.
• Diagnose and analyze unibody vehicle dimensions using a tram gauge.
• Diagnose and measure unibody vehicles using a universal measuring system (mechanical, electronic, laser).
• Attach body anchoring devices; remove or reposition components as necessary.
• Remove creases and dents using power tools and hand tools to restore damaged areas to proper contours and dimensions.
• Determine the extent of damage to structural steel body panels; repair or replace.
• Remove and replace damaged sections of structural steel body panels in accordance with manufacturer's specifications/procedures.
• Identify weldable and non-weldable materials used in collision repair.

Courses Offered

Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Associate in Science Degree

  • TT 105 Introduction to Transportation Technology
  • AUB 101 Fundamentals of Auto Body Metal Repair
  • AUB 103 Fundamentals of Auto Body Metal Repair Lab
  • AUB 118 Welding for Collision Repair
  • AUB 137 Fundamentals of Paints & Refinish. Equipment 
  • AUB 138 Fundamentals of Paints & Refinishing Equipment Lab
  • AUB 145 Glass & Non-Structural Panel Replacement 
  • AUB 146 Glass & Non-Structural Panel Replacement Lab
  • AUB 152 Introduction to Structural Repairs & Component Replacement
  • AUB 153 Introduction to Structural Repairs & Component Replacement Lab
  • AUB 154 Minor Frame & Structural Straightening Theory
  • AUB 155 Minor Frame & Structural Straightening Lab
  • AUB 156 Plastic Panel & SMC Repair
  • AUB 157 Plastic Panel & SMC Repair Lab
  • AUB 253 Paint and Refinishing Applications 
  • AUB 254 Paint and Refinishing Applications Lab
  • AUB 243 Multi-Stage Paint Applications 
  • AUB 245 Multi-Stage Paint Applications Lab
  • AUB 261 Assessing Damage & Estimating Repairs
  • AUB 122 Brakes & Suspension Systems for Collision Students
  • AUB 123 Brakes & Suspension Systems for Collision Students Lab
  • AUB 127 Introduction to Airbrushing
  • AUB 128 Custom Modifications I
  • AUB 129 Advanced Airbrushing Techniques
  • AUB 130 Custom Modifications II
  • AUB 131 Basic Electricity for the Collision Trade
  • AUB 132 Basic Electricity for the Collision Trade Lab
  • AUB 275 Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
  • AUB 251 Internship/Practical Experience or
  • AUB 265 Custom Air Brush Art