Program Overview

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.

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Full Description

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 with an Automotive Service/Transportation Management (MGTT) concentration.

 CERTIFICATION STATUS

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.

Potential Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be introduced to a number of exciting job openings. Individuals can pursue careers at automotive body or collision repair shops as:


Technician

Auto Body Painter

Truck Mechanic

Auto Insurance Adjuster

FAQ

  • What is a collision repair technician?

    Collision repair technicians are responsible for making all repairs to a vehicle after it has been involved in a crash or collision.

    These professionals should be able to assess damages sustained by the vehicle and communicate all details to the owners.

    They will also use a number of specialty tools to perform minor dent repair to complete rebuilds throughout their careers.

     

  • How long should car repairs take?

    Though timelines will vary, repairs will take anywhere from two to five days to complete.

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Program Mission, Goals, and Outcomes

Program Mission

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.

Courses Offered

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. The time slot for your program may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your associate degree, you will take a total of approximately eight liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your technical schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The College requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.
  5. I have not earned my high school diploma or GED: can I enroll in an Associate Degree Program?
    A candidate for admission to an associate degree program must have a high school diploma, have earned a recognized equivalency diploma (GED), or meet the federal home school requirements.
  6. How long should it take me to complete my program?To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Quarters. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  7. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  8. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.
  9. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  10. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the College has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.
  11. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.
  12. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entrees and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  13. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their programs, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  14. Where will job opportunities exist?
    Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  15. What is included in the automotive program?
    The Automotive Technology program includes six technical quarters, each ten weeks long. To receive an associate degree, you will take a total of eight liberal arts courses which are scheduled around your technical courses.
  16. Will I need tools or special equipment?
    No. Any tools you will need will be available for your use either in the main tool crib or in classroom lockers. You will, however, be responsible for the return of any and all tools you check out of the tool crib. Tools not returned or replaced will be charged to your account.
  17. Will I be required to wear special clothing?
    Yes. Each student is required to purchase and wear uniform shirts. In addition, proper navy-blue work pants must be worn (no jeans, sweatpants, nylon pants, shorts, tattered, too tight or oversized pants). Students must have purchased their uniforms and be wearing them to class and lab by the end of the third week of classes. Students who have not purchased their uniforms and/or who do not wear their uniforms will not be allowed to attend class after the third week of classes. Also, proper footwear such as good quality work boots are to be worn at all times. No sneakers, sandals or soft type footwear, shorts and tee shirts are allowed at any time.
  18. Where can I purchase a uniform and what kind of uniform do I need?
    Students may purchase items for their uniforms online at Alexander’s Uniforms http://aucorporateapparel.com/. At the site’s homepage, click “New England Institute of Technology” from either the icon or the left tab, then select your department from the list. All items are priced to include a 15% discount. If you have any questions, contact Wendy Magnette via email at wmagnette@alexandersuniforms.com or at 401-654-6500.

    The required uniforms include:
    Navy Sanmar PC54 Shirt w/ Screen Printing $11.00 (S-XL), $13.00 (2X-5X)
    Navy Sanmar PC54LS Shirt w/ Screen Printing $15.00 (S-XL), $17.00 (2X-5X)
    Navy Red Kap P110 Work Pants $19.99 (waist: 28-42), $23.99 (waist: 44-52)

    You may also purchase your uniform items at Alexander’s Uniforms at one of their three locations (recommended if you are unsure of the size): 1) Rhode Island: Marshall’s Plaza, 1 Lambert Lind Highway, Warwick RI 02886, 860-889-7744, 401-654-6500; 2) Connecticut: 77 Salem Turnpike, Norwich, CT 06360, 781-762-1449; 3) Massachusetts: 500 Providence Highway, Norwood MA 02062. A Student ID is needed to ensure you receive your 15% discount at checkout.

  19. Will I be required to wear any special safety equipment?
    Yes, eye and ear protection must be worn when performing special tasks or in areas that require them. Students are responsible for the purchasing of proper eye protection and must be carried on them at all times. Eye protection must be worn at all times in the automotive labs. Ear protection is supplied by the College. Also, as a safety precaution, work shoes or boots must be properly laced and tied at all times, shirts must be worn tucked in pants, and no rings, watches, earrings, nose rings and or dangling jewelry is allowed during lab or shop conditions.
  20. Can I work on my own vehicle?
    It is often possible for students to work on their own vehicles. NEIT does not take in any outside work for the purpose of students having vehicles to work on. However, the student may bring in his/her vehicle providing the work is related to the course that is being taken at that time.
  21. Is there any open lab time?
    All lab time is specifically for the courses being taken. Students may arrange with an instructor to do some necessary repair to a vehicle, and emergency repairs will be dealt with as they arise. However, all lab work is limited to what is being taught at the particular time. In the event that a student wants some work done that is not related to his or her studies, it may be possible to arrange with a student from another class to do the work for him in a class where the work is related to the course.
  22. Does NEIT supply repair parts?
    NEIT supplies repair parts for vehicles which NEIT provides for the students to work on. Students are responsible for purchasing their own repair parts if they are working on their own vehicle. There are several parts supplier in the area.
  23. Is there any state or federal licensing required in my field?
    No license is required for automotive technicians; students are, however, urged to take the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test upon completion of their NEIT program. ASE certification shows your prospective employer that you are competent in diagnosing and repairing vehicle problems. ASE recognizes your 18 months of training at NEIT as equivalent to one year’s experience in the field toward certification. (Two years field experience are required.)
  24. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?
    Upon completion of your technical training, you will be employable as a technician in independent garages, dealerships, mass merchandisers, service stations, specialty shops, automotive parts stores and car rental agencies. Completion of auto body technical training programs will qualify you for entry level positions in collision repair, frame straightening, welding, painting and refinishing.Jobs in the auto body field range from entry level technician to owner/operator or manager. The U.S. Department of Labor occupational handbook predicts that job opportunities in the automotive field will grow at a faster than average rate with the greatest potential in the higher technologies. Competition for jobs will be keen and requirements will increasingly emphasize an applicant’s training and education. ASE certification greatly enhances your position.Due to the uniqueness of the automotive repair trade, students will not be limited to the automotive field when looking for a job. A qualified student will be able to pursue work in many other areas such as auto parts stores, boat yards, municipalities, or recreational vehicle dealerships.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Automotive/Auto body and Marine Technology Departments, establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to obtain a score of 3 or higher on a ten-point scale mechanical reasoning test.
  • Ability to read and understand warning labels associated with various hazardous chemicals.
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to use abstractions in specific concrete situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand spatial relationships.
  • Possession of basic math skills through addition, subtraction, multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions using both the U.S. and Metric systems of measurement.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Ability to perform tasks by following written instructions.
  • Ability to perform tasks following verbal instructions.
  • Possession of basic keyboarding skills and knowledge of computer programs.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students.
  • Ability to demonstrate and use the knowledge acquired during the classroom training process and in the lab setting.

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.

Physical Ability

  • An ability to work in a standing, sitting, squatting, kneeling, or lying position.
  • An ability to lift, lower, push, and pull using both arms and legs.
  • Ability to lift objects weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to stand on a hard surface, usually concrete, for 4-6 hours at a time.
  • Sufficient upper body strength to carry 20 pounds.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to lift equipment and move large pieces of equipment independently.
  • Sufficient strength and agility to grasp and maintain tension for long periods of time.
  • Ability to wear and tolerate ear plugs, safety glasses and other protective equipment.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness within reasonable time frames in accordance with procedures.

Manual Ability

  • Ability to manipulate wrenches, screwdrivers, and other tools.
  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the operation of tools and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Visual ability, with or without correction, to enable the student to differentiate automotive tools and instruments, wires, and components.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on precision measuring instruments.
  • Auditory
    • Acute enough to hear and understand words spoken by others in an environment with a high level of noise in the background (such as, but not limited to: airguns, engine noises, drills, radios etc.)