Automotive Collision Repair : Emily Griffith Technical College

Automotive Collision Repair

Automotive Collision Repair involves repairing and restoring the bodies of vehicles of all types, including metal work, welding and painting. Automotive Collision Repair technicians also do custom body work – designing and modifying old and new vehicles.

Our part-time evening program, from 6pm-10pm, will give you hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art facility. 

What Can I Do with an Emily Griffith Automotive Collision Repair Certificate?

Graduates use their certificate to succeed in jobs such as the following:

  • Auto collision estimator
  • Auto repair and body shops
  • Restoration and custom shops
  • Car dealerships
  • Insurance estimator

Other potential career paths include jobs in custom painting and graphics, non-structural repairs, service advising, insurance adjustment.

Thinking about applying? Get the program checklist or flyer.

Skilled Trades
$7,439
Approximate cost. Additional material and book fees may apply
Part Time Program
18 Months
Program length
8/29/2022
Next Start Date
4/10/23
Available Start Dates
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Course Information

Required Courses

ACT 1010 Safety in Collision Repair

Introduces the student to safety techniques and operation as it relates to shop safety and industry standards. The student is exposed to regulations and collision shop operations. In addition, the student becomes involved with VICA, developing writing and speaking skills.

Start Date: 04/10/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1010 Safety in Collision Repair

Introduces the student to safety techniques and operation as it relates to shop safety and industry standards. The student is exposed to regulations and collision shop operations. In addition, the student becomes involved with VICA, developing writing and speaking skills.

Start Date: 08/29/2022
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1011 Metal Welding and Cutting I

Covers sheet metal oxygen-acetylene welding and MIG welding techniques including safety, materials, equipment and setups. Personal and vehicle protective measures prior to welding procedures is presented.

Start Date: 05/02/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1011 Metal Welding and Cutting I

Covers sheet metal oxygen-acetylene welding and MIG welding techniques including safety, materials, equipment and setups. Personal and vehicle protective measures prior to welding procedures is presented.

Start Date: 09/20/2022
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1021 Non-Structural Repair Preparation

Covers the basic characteristics of preparation for automotive repair. Students familiarize themselves with damage analysis, extent of damage, and the sequence of repair. Focuses on removal of vehicle components and protection of panels along with storage and labeling of parts. Safety procedures and equipment use are included.

Start Date: 12/08/2022
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1022 Panel Repair and Replacements

Covers straightening techniques including tension pulls/stress relief, metal finishing, metal shrinking, and use of fillers. Emphasizes the identification, handling, and replacement of parts such as adjustment and alignment of bolt-on parts, fixed parts, and accessories. Training covers the use of adhesives, sound deadeners and welding methods performed during repairs.

Start Date: 01/23/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1023 Metal Finishing & Body Filling

Develops skills in metal finishing, metal shrinking, and the use of cosmetic fillers. Emphasis is placed on the use of proper tools required to perform these tasks, including use, selection of tools, and safety procedures for tools and equipment selected. Paintless Dent Repair (PDR) tools will also be introduced in this course along with beginning level repair techniques.

Start Date: 02/16/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1041 Refinishing Safety

Covers correct use of safety procedures used in refinishing. Proper fit and use of various types of protective equipment is emphasized. The identification of tools and equipment, with use and maintenance is covered including national guidelines for proper disposal and handling of hazardous materials.

Start Date: 04/25/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1041 Refinishing Safety

Covers correct use of safety procedures used in refinishing. Proper fit and use of various types of protective equipment is emphasized. The identification of tools and equipment, with use and maintenance is covered including national guidelines for proper disposal and handling of hazardous materials.

Start Date: 09/13/2022
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1042 Surface Preparation I

Performs surface preparation for refinishing including cleaning, sanding, feather edging, chemical treatment of bare materials, and priming. The application of primers includes rationale and use of colored primers and sealers. In addition, the course will cover spot-priming for repaired areas.

Start Date: 04/17/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1043 Spray Equipment Operation

Covers the inspection, cleaning and determination of the condition of spray guns and related equipment. Students learn skills for adjusting spray guns by setting-up and testing spray gun operations.

Start Date: 05/02/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1044 Refinishing I

Provides the knowledge needed for application and use of automotive paint systems. Course includes locating color codes, mixing formulas, matching, and selections of materials. Proper paint gun use and adjustments is taught for the product being applied. In addition, the student practices correct masking and detailing techniques.

Start Date: 05/17/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1051 Plastics & Adhesives I

Designed to teach the state-of-the-art repair for both rigid and flexible plastic components and choosing adhesives using the latest manufacturer repair techniques.

Start Date: 03/16/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1070 Auto Collision Tech Lab Exp I

Offers the clinical practicum required for the program.

Start Date: 06/15/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 1070 Auto Collision Tech Lab Exp I

Offers the clinical practicum required for the program.

Start Date: 11/02/2022
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 2011 Metal Welding and Cutting II

Covers mig welding procedures of seam weld, stitch welds and destructive testing. Resistance spot welding, which includes two-sided spot weld, plasma cutting, safety, materials, and equipment and operating procedures, with emphasis on shop safety are also presented.

Start Date: 05/31/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 2011 Metal Welding and Cutting II

Covers mig welding procedures of seam weld, stitch welds and destructive testing. Resistance spot welding, which includes two-sided spot weld, plasma cutting, safety, materials, and equipment and operating procedures, with emphasis on shop safety are also presented.

Start Date: 10/17/2022
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 2041 Paint Defects

Covers paint defects. Emphasizes the causes of paint defects with methods to cure problems during and after refinishing procedures. Students learn to identify the proper surface preparations to apply prior to refinishing. Training includes using paint equipment and determining paint film thickness with proper temperatures for refinishing.

Start Date: 06/06/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
ACT 2051 Plastics & Adhesives II

Emphasizes advanced plastic and adhesives. The current state-of-the-art repair for both rigid and flexible plastic components using the latest manufacturer's repair techniques are presented. Sheet Molded Compound procedures and the use of proper adhesives is covered.

Start Date: 04/04/2023
Instructor: Jeremy Barrera
EMILY’S STORIES


"Come study at Emily Griffith because the teachers are amazing and you will have a great experience."

Chansoth Sen is a recent graduate of our English and Cosmetology programs. Chansoth first moved to the US in 2009 from Cambodia and came to Emily Griffith to improve her English. “My English was very bad when I started school and I was shy when I have to speak,” she explains. 

She worked her way through English classes and then began working on her certificate in Cosmetology. Chansoth worked closely with our ELA and Career Services navigation team to plan and achieve her academic and career goals. She plans to work in a salon to gain experience until she can open her own salon here and in Cambodia. 

Chansoth encourages others to come study at Emily Griffith. “You are never too late to go to school and become who you want to be. If you work hard, you can accomplish all of your goals. Come study at Emily Griffith because the teachers are amazing and you will have a great experience.”

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