Associate of Applied Science – Concentration in Auto Body Technology

This program follows a structured schedule, Monday – Friday from 8 AM to 3 PM.

The Auto Body/Collision and Repair Associate of Applied Science degree program is a sequence of courses designed to prepare students for careers in the auto body and collision repair profession. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program consists of 60 hours of coursework and commonly takes four semesters to complete when taken during the day. The range of study varies from vehicle safety systems to auto repair and repainting.

Freshman Year

First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
ABDR 1301
Auto Body Repair & Repaint
3 LEAD 1100
Workforce Development with Critical Thinking
ABDR 1203
Vehicle Design & Structural Analysis
2 ABDR 1419
Basic Metal Repair
ABDR 1207
Collision Repair Welding
2 ABDR 1441
Structural Analysis & Damage Repair I
ABDR 1411
Vehicle Measurement & Damage Repair Procedures
4 ABDR 2257
Collision Repair Shop Management
ABDR 1431
Basic Refinishing
4 ABDR 1349
Automotive Plastic & Sheet Molded Compound Repair
Total 15   Total 14

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours   Second Semester Hours
ABDR 2359
Structural Sectioning
3 College Level Math (core) 3
ABDR 2255
Collision Repair Estimating
2 SPCH 1315 (core) 3
ABDR 2447
Advanced Collision Repair Welding
4 ENGL 1301 (core) 3
ABDR 2345
Vehicle Safety Systems
3 Social Science Elective (core) 3
ABDR 2166
1 Arts/Drama/Music Elective (core) 3
  BCIS 1305 or EDUC 1300 (core) 3
Total 13   Total

Auto Body Technology AAS Total





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To learn more, please contact us.

Tony Bennett
Program Coordinator, Auto Body Repair
(903) 823-3247
Brandon Washington
Dean of Workforce & Continuing Education
(903) 823-3232

Auto Body Technology Course Descriptions

ABDR 1207 W - Collision Repair Welding (2,0,7).

A study of collision repair welding and cutting procedures.

ABDR 1301 W - Auto Body Repair & Repaint (3,1,4).

An introduction to the use of hand and power tools, techniques of metalworking, body preparation, plastic fillers, fiberglass and SMC repair, sanding, and application of primers with emphasis on shop safety practices.

ABDR 1349 W - Automotive Plastic & Sheet Molded Compound Repair (3,1,7).

A comprehensive course in repair of interior and exterior plastics including the use of various types of adhesives.

ABDR 1411 W - Vehicle Measurement & Damage Repair Procedures (4,2,5).

Introduction to damaged vehicle measurement and structural alignment equipment.

ABDR 1419 W - Basic Metal Repair (4,3,4).

Covers basic metal principles and working techniques including proper tool usage and product application.

ABDR 1431 W - Basic Refinishing (4,2,7).

An introduction to current refinishing products, shop safety, and equipment used in the automotive refinishing industry. Emphasis on surface preparation, masking techniques, and refinishing of replacement parts.

ABDR 1441 W - Structural Analysis & Damage Repair I (4,3,4).

Training in the roughing and shaping procedures on automotive sheet metal necessary to perform body repairs. Emphasis on the alignment of component parts such as doors, hood, front-end assemblies, and deck lids.

ABDR 2166 W - Practicum (1,0,8).

Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student.

ABDR 2255 W - Collision Repair Estimating (2,0,6).

An advanced course in collision estimating and development of a damage report utilizing estimating software.

ABDR 2257 W - Collision Repair Shop Management (2,0,8).

A study of methods and equipment used in collision repair shops to improve management functions and profitability.

ABDR 2345 W - Vehicle Safety Systems (3,2,3).

Theory and operation of air bags and other passive and non-passive restraint systems including automotive anti-lock systems and diagnostic methods used in the collision repair industry.

ABDR 2359 W - Structural Sectioning (3,1,6).

Skill development in the practical application of welded panel replacement and structural sectioning procedures as well as practical equipment applications in structural vehicle straightening, alignment, welding, and corrosion protection.

ABDR 2447 W - Advanced Collision Repair Welding (4,2,4).

Skill development in the use of advanced welding and cutting processes. Emphasizes current welding procedures and specific repair requirements for specialized metals.