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Auto Body Technology Associate Degree Program

Program Overview

Auto Body/Automotive Collision Repair

Learn Auto Body repair at one of the area’s largest auto body schools.   Combine theory and hands-on training in all aspects of auto body repair, collision repair technology, and automotive refinishing. Understand electrical diagnosis, engine accessories, wheels and tires, drivetrain parts, and more as you prepare for skilled technician positions in the $40 billion auto body industry.


Career Possibilities

  • Auto Body Technician
  • Auto Body Painter
  • Auto Insurance Adjuster

Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science degree program in Automotive Collision Repair Technology offers an in-depth study of all aspects of auto body technology, collision repair, and refinishing. Students are provided theory and practice in sheet metal repair and replacement, repair of body damage, frames and unibody, glass installation, and paint refinishing techniques.

Students also learn the aspects of automotive technology (such as brakes, suspension, heating, and air conditioning) which are most useful for a thorough understanding of auto body and collision repair.

 Graduates are ready to enter a range of technician positions in the auto body field. In addition, they are eligible to continue on for a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.


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 

Associate in Science Degree

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:

  1. Show concern for safety while working in the Collision Repair Lab.
  2. Identify on sight tools and equipment used in the Collision Repair field.
  3. Choose the correct materials to be used in the repair of modern vehicles.
  4. Understand the different types of spray guns and air compressors used in the collision repair industry.
  5. Understand the mix ratios and related additives for primers, sealers, and topcoats used in automotive refinishing.
  6. Gain an understanding of the process used to prepare the surface for undercoat and topcoat application.
  7. Have an ability to identify computers and electronic scales to formulate colors to match vehicle manufacturer’s topcoat systems.
  8. Understand proper use and application of refinishing materials.
  9. Demonstrate an ability to cut and weld components.
  10. Diagnose and measure unibody vehicles using a universal measuring system (mechanical, electronic, laser).
  11. Join/weld panel components to industry standards.
  12. Remove creases and dents using power tools and hand tools to restore damaged areas to proper contours and dimensions.
  13. Remove and replace damaged sections of structural steel body panels in accordance with manufacturer's specifications/procedures.
  14. Determine the extent of damage to structural steel body panels; repair vs. replace.
  15. Understand the proper use of airbrush, various colors, stencils and masking materials to achieve graphic expressions.
  16. Understand metal fabrication using a metal brake, hammer and dolly, sheet metal, sheet metal cutting tools, mig welders, metal-to- metal adhesives and refinishing fillers to remove imperfections.
  17. Perform basic electrical system diagnosis and testing on vehicle lighting, starting, and charging systems.
  18. Perform front-end and four-wheel vehicle alignments and repairs on vehicle suspension systems, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art alignment equipment.
  19. Recover, recycle, and recharge automotive air conditioning systems in accordance with EPA regulations.
  20. Perform automotive drum and disc brake system diagnosis, repairs, and replacement of component parts in accordance with current industry standards for automobile service.

Associate in Science Degree

Courses Offered

  • AUB 100 Introduction to Collision Repair
  • AUB 103 Fundamentals of Auto Body Metal Repair Lab
  • AUB 104 Fundamentals of Auto Body Metal Repair
  • AUB 117 Welding for Collision Repair
  • 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 136 Fundamentals of Paints & Refinishing Equipment Lab
  • AUB 137 Fundamentals of Paints & Refinishing Equipment
  • 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 Major & Minor Frame & Structural Straightening Theory
  • AUB 155 Major & Minor Frame & Structural Straightening Lab
  • AUB 156 Plastic Panel & SMC Repair
  • AUB 157 Plastic Panel & SMC Repair Lab
  • AUB 243 Multi-Stage Paint Applications
  • AUB 245 Multi-Stage Paint Applications Lab
  • AUB 249 Auto/Collision Repair Internship
  • AUB 253 Paint and Refinishing Applications
  • AUB 254 Paint and Refinishing Applications Lab
  • AUB 261 Assessing Damage & Estimating Repairs
  • AUB 285 Automotive Heating & Air Conditioning Systems
  • BU 236 Small Business and the Law
  • EN 100 Introduction to College Writing
  • EN 106 Service Industry Communications
  • HU 289 Racing Through Film
  • MA 105 Basic College Math with Lab