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If you’re considering UTI’s Collision Repair & Refinish Technology (CRRT) program, you’ve probably wondered, ‘What will I learn in my auto body repair courses?’
From mixing paint from vehicle paint codes to using nitrogen plastic welding equipment, your automotive collision repair classes will cover everything you need to know in order to succeed as a collision repair technician. Along the way, you’ll receive
guidance from passionate, experienced instructors who are committed to your success.
Keep reading to find out what you’ll learn in each one of your collision repair courses:
In this course, you’ll learn about the safety requirements for the collision industry, PPE and MSDS. You will learn to read and interpret a vehicle damage repair report, assess the damage and develop a repair plan.
Lab work will include removal of trim, door handle and locks, and the alignment of door, hood and deck lid panels. You will learn to remove and disassemble doors; remove, install and align fenders, hoods, bumpers and deck lids; and verify and adjust door
Key emphasis is also placed on developing professionalism skills that will translate into your future career.
You will learn the identification of automotive plastics and how to make repair decisions in this course. Also covered will be repair of plastics using welding and adhesive technologies. You will gain a working knowledge of adhesive repairs and welding
repairs in addition to repairing SMC.
Additionally, you will learn to repair cosmetic sheet metal panel damage and how to use body metal working tools. You’ll learn to prepare a damaged area for the application of body filler, and will also learn methods for applying body filler and
sanding to various contours.
As a student in this course, you’ll learn about repairing cosmetic panel damage and how to use body metal working tools. You’ll learn to shrink stretched metal and prepare a damaged area for the application of body filler.
Also covered will be techniques for applying body filler and preparing body filler for final finishing and sanding to various contours.
In this course, you’ll learn to remove and replace both welded and bonded door skins and quarter panels.
Also covered is preparing door frames for new outer door panels; analysis of intrusion beams; removal, replacement and alignment of door glass and door trim panels; and fundamentals of the removal and installation of convertible tops and power sunroof
You will also learn procedures for removing a door skin and how to weld and bond replacement skin to the doorframe.
Additionally, you will learn procedures for replacing stationary glass (windshield or back glass), removing quarter panels, straightening flanges in preparation for reinstallation, and applying welding and bonding procedures to install panels.
Tools & technology used
You will learn principles of MIG welding and oxyacetylene and plasma cutting in this course. The emphasis will be on safe practices. Also covered will be the application of metal repairs using MIG welding.
As a student, you’ll learn to set up and tune a MIG welder for welding steel and aluminum, and how to perform welds in various positions on a vehicle. Additionally, they will learn to set up and operate a plasma cutter and an oxyacetylene torch
Topics covered in this course include an introduction to damage analysis, interpreting body-dimension specification sheets, various measuring systems, steel unitized structures, advanced high strength steels and how to diagnose damage using computerized
You will learn to analyze and interpret vehicle structural damage; measure vehicles using centering gauges, laser and computerized measuring systems; and interpret printouts to determine damage location in vehicle structures.
You will also learn to safely secure a vehicle for pulling, use squeeze-type resistance welding equipment and fabricate a rail section.
As a student in this course, you will learn principles of straightening structural parts, use of pulling systems, and stress-relief methods.
You will learn how to perform pulling on structural parts and apply stress-relief methods. Also covered will be principles of panel replacement and sectioning, steel unitized structures, new technologies and repair.
In this course, you’ll learn the application of safety and environmental practices and surface preparation for refinishing. You will learn procedures for paint removal, preparation of adjacent panels for blending, and application of sealers and
stone chip resistant coatings.
You will also learn to analyze existing finishes of panels/vehicles, remove paint using various procedures, apply metal conditioners, sand panels in preparation for primer-surfacer application and apply primer-surfacer.
You will learn equipment preparation, refinish materials and paint areas in this course. Mixing refinish materials, preparation of spray guns and test panels will also be covered.
Additionally, you’ll learn about color characteristics, color match and obtaining blendable matches. You will learn sanding operations, mixing paint from vehicle paint codes, applying waterborne basecoat paints to panels, tinting colors to achieve
blendable matches and applying clear coat.
As a student in this course, you will learn about cycle time; principles of blending; and single stage, base coat, clear coat and tri-coat finishes. You will learn to identify and solve paint application problems and paint finish problems such as mottling,
orange peel, sags and runs.
Also covered will be diagnosis and repair of finish defects; and determining causes of and repairing poor adhesion, cracking, water spotting and environmental damage. You also will learn to detail a vehicle for customer delivery.
In this course, you will apply the training learned in previous courses to a simulated collision repair facility. Emphasis will be placed on cosmetic panel replacement and alignment, panel repair procedures, MIG welding, application and sanding of body
filler, sanding panels in preparation for primer surfacer and application of primer surfacer.
Additionally, this training will cover masking procedures, mixing refinish materials, preparation of spray gun and test panels, application of paint to panels, tinting of colors to achieve blendable matches, application of clear coat, and final detail
in preparation for vehicle delivery to the customer.
You will also learn about hazardous airborne pollutants and waste control as it applies to the collision industry.
You will learn fundamentals, troubleshooting and repair of electrical and electronic systems in this course. You will also learn to troubleshoot and repair electrical systems using digital multimeters, read wiring diagrams and repair damaged wiring harnesses.
This course covers air conditioning, cooling and heating systems, fuel, intake and exhaust systems, and drive trains. You will learn fundamentals, operation and maintenance, inspection and testing and repair of these systems.
You will also learn to discharge, recover, evacuate and recharge air conditioning systems, drain and recover cooling systems, and simulate removal and reinstallation of drive train assemblies. Finally, you will learn about hybrid vehicle safety as it
applies to the collision industry.
As a student in this course, you will learn the diagnosis and service of steering systems as well as alignment, suspension and related subassemblies. You will learn to analyze steering and suspension systems for damage and perform wheel alignments.
Additionally, you will learn to analyze and replace damaged or worn brake components and bleed brake systems. This course also covers the removal, inspection and replacement of restraint systems. Finally, you will learn to analyze restraining systems,
including seat belts, motorized seat belts, air bag assemblies and related components.
Topics covered in this course relate to collision facility operation, customer communication, insurance and estimating. You will apply the training learned in previous courses to carry out damage analysis and write estimates on vehicles using computer-based
Emphasis will be placed on blueprinting and estimating different scenarios of damage, including front, side, rear and mechanical impact-damaged vehicles. You will learn about restraint system damage, insurance relations in the collision industry, procedures,
documentation and how to work with adjusters. You will also learn about inspecting repairs for quality control.
In this course, you will be taught fundamentals of airbrush techniques, including the use of stencils and freehand airbrushing; special effects paint techniques, including the use of candy and pearl paints; how to apply special effects paint to simulate
a wood grain effect; and the age-old techniques of hand pinstriping. You also will apply etching to glass.
You will learn auto body customizing, including frenching antennas, frenching license plates and fabricating roll pans in this course. Additionally, you will learn the skills used to shave door handles and have the opportunity to work with the equipment
and learn the skills used by some of the top metal fabricators in the field today.
As a student in UTI’s Collision Repair program, you’ll train with the tools, equipment and technology used in collision repair centers across the country. Contact one of our Admissions Representatives to learn more.
If you're interested in learning how you can register for the Collision Technology program Just click the link below or call (800) 834-7308 to speak with one of our friendly Admissions Representatives.
1) UTI is an educational institution and cannot guarantee employment or salary. For important information about the educational debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program, visit www.uti.edu/disclosures
25) Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2018 wage data for Automotive Body and Related Repairers. UTI graduates are prepared for entry-level positions using the provided training. Median and 90th percentile figures are provided for illustrative purposes only to show a possible career progression. Results may vary. The average entry-level salary in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is $33,810 (Massachusetts Labor and Workforce Development Website viewed Oct 2019). The most recent U.S. Department of Labor estimate, published May 2018, for the hourly earnings in North Carolina of the middle 50% of skilled collision technicians is $21.92. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not publish entry-level salary data, however the 25th percentile is $16.19. UTI cannot guarantee employment or salary.
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