Dec 05, 2023  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Autobody Repair & Refinishing, AAS

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Associate of Applied Science Degree: 92 credits

Enrollment Point: Fall or Spring Quarter

This program prepares students for entrance into the automotive collision repair industry. All courses are taught in accordance with recommended industry procedures and standards set forth by industry recognized organizations such as the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair (ICAR). The program courses are divided into five main areas of study: Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, Mechanical and Electrical Components, Plastics and Adhesives, and Painting and Refinishing.  All shop training is performed using state-of-the-art tools and equipment within one of the most modern facilities in the nation. Emphasis is placed on safety and professionalism.

In order to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree, the student must complete all requirements for the certificate program plus 20 credits of General Education. Transfer credit from other institutions will be considered upon validation of transcript and course work. Students holding a recent Certificate of Completion from RTC should contact Enrollment Services for degree options. This program articulates with TechPrep programs through the Puget Sound Dual Credit Career Consortium.

Program Learning Outcomes: 

  • Use safe practices in context of a body repair facility. 
  • Perform structural straightening, panel repairs, and sheet metal welding as per OEM specifications. 
  • Perform painting and refinishing processes that meet OEM specifications. 
  • Research and gather information necessary to perform body and paint repairs in a variety of vehicles. 
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior within a commercial body shop environment. 
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written form within a diverse team in a commercial body shop.

Program Requirements

Below is the course sequence for students who enter in fall quarter. The course sequence for other entry points may vary. 

Quarter 5

GPA Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA: 2.0
  • Minimum grade for each course: 1.0

*Note: Clinical & Field-Based Experience courses require a Satisfactory (S) grade.

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