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Connecticut Technical Education and Career System’s Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing course breakdown by grade.
Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing Basic Collision Repair Collision Component Repair Advanced Collision Repair

Students deciding to enter the field of Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing will be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students are introduced to a variety of collision repair and refinishing practices, such as metal cutting, straightening and welding. Students are instructed in hand tools and their use, abrasives and their applications and fastener identification. They are introduced to refinishing techniques and are guided through planned activities and projects to determine skill and ability. They learn of the extensive variety of careers available within the collision, repair and refinishing industry.

In Grade 10, students examine the many types of contemporary vehicle construction. Repair strategies are formulated based on vehicle construction to provide safe, quality and permanent repairs. Students are instructed in and practice repair procedures for minor damage on actual vehicle parts. Fastener applications are examined. Cutting, welding and shaping of various metals are taught and practiced along with panel straightening. Appropriate use of body filler application, shaping and finishing is taught and demonstrated. Students practice body filler application and finishing on actual vehicle parts. Compressed air systems and the components are investigated. The many processes of painting and refinishing are introduced and demonstrated with primers, base coats and finish coats. Masking is introduced and practiced.

In Grade 11, instruction in painting and refinishing is expanded. Complete vehicle refinishing is introduced and practiced with advanced masking. Students apply multistage coatings. Plastic component repair and advanced abrasives are covered. Bolt-on replacement panel installation and panel alignment is introduced and practiced. Fixed and movable glass replacement is taught and practiced as is computer estimating. They will perform school auto repair work for customers as it relates to the curriculum.

In Grade 12, perimeter, box and unibody frame measurement and damage determination and repair are taught, demonstrated and practiced. Frame measuring and measuring systems are introduced and practiced. Students diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Weld-on and bonded panel installation is demonstrated and practiced. Collision shop business management and customer service are introduced and discussed. The students will perform school auto repair for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL).

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two- or four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering, or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as collision repair technicians in new or used vehicle dealerships. Damage estimating and vehicle appraisal are fields in which many graduates find employment. Additional employment in manufacturing or production facilities requiring painted or coated finished products is also a viable option.

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