Auto Body Technology One-Year Certificate (Level One)

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

The Auto Body Repair certificate program offers a number of career options by providing students the opportunity to earn a one-year certificate. Most of our students go directly into the workforce in technical or mechanical jobs, while some go on to start their own business. A background in auto body repair can be a valuable asset in a number of careers: collision repair technician, automotive detailer, insurance estimator, and custom auto builder/painter. The Auto Body Repair program consists of 42 hours of coursework and commonly takes three semesters to complete. Range of study varies from shop safety to metallurgy to paint restoration.


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 1349
Automotive Plastic & Sheet Molded Compound Repair
ABDR 1207
Collision Repair Welding
2 ABDR 1419
Basic Metal Repair
ABDR 1411
Vehicle Measurement & Damage Repair Procedures
4 ABDR 1441
Structural Analysis & Damage Repair I
ABDR 1431
Basic Refinishing
4 ABDR 2257
Collision Repair Shop Management
Total 15   Total 14


Third Semester Hours      
ABDR 2359
Structural Sectioning
ABDR 2255
Collision Repair Estimating
ABDR 2447
Advanced Collision Repair Welding
ABDR 2345
Vehicle Safety Systems
ABDR 2166

Total Hours



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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.