Auto Body and Collision Repair - A.A.S.

Associate Dean, Division of Math, Physics, Technology & Engineering Science
Department Chair

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Career Program

This program has a target audience of students wanting to pursue careers in auto body and collision management, teaching vocational education or working with automotive engineering. Although this program is designed for immediate placement into a career, many students will end up transferring to another institution to further their education. Students must take English, math, physics, psychology, sociology and chemistry as well as select auto body courses.

Career opportunities for program graduates are vocational education, collision technicians, body shop managers and owners. This industry needs manufacturing supervisors, foremen, and team leaders. This course of study can fill these needs because students will be able to analyze, estimate and communicate necessary repairs. They will also know how to develop business, safety and shop operation plans as well as being able to weld, assemble, and spray any product. Students will also be trained in handling various toxic and highly flammable materials, making them a great safety asset in industry.

The major focus of this program is major collision repair. There is a severe shortage of frame repair supervisors and technicians. Students will be able to become employed at a higher entry level as a body technician. Students admitted to the Auto Body program are required to meet with an auto body advisor each semester to plan their program of study. Space is limited in these classes so preference is given to auto body and automotive matriculated students who are prepared to enter MATH 1230 and ENGL 1010 or higher. Students will be required to attend an advisory interview, sign a student code of conduct, and maintain and possess a valid driver's license at all times. All students are required to own and supply their own approved hand tools; proof of tool ownership is a requirement for final acceptance into the program (proof of purchase will be accepted.) Students will be able to purchase these tools at a discount.

Students who do not place in MATH 1230 and ENGL 1010 or higher may acquire the necessary coursework at Corning Community College.

ABOD 2040 Damage Analysis and Estimation, though not a requirement, is strongly recommended to be taken with this program of study.