William Gruschow, Instructor
Phone: 610-866-8013, ext. 605
The job of a collision repair technician is to repair damaged vehicles to a “pre-accident” condition. To help the technician perform top quality repairs, most modern shops are equipped with body and frame machines that hold the vehicle in place while putting the damaged area back to specifications, measuring devices that allow the technician to verify when a damaged section is pulled back to factory specifications, special welding equipment to weld components made of steel, as well as plastic panels that are on today’s modern vehicles. The automotive refinish technicians job is to restore the finish of the repaired vehicle back to the factory finish. The technician must prepare the aeras to be repaired on the vehicle, mask off ajacent panels, preimer, sand and spray the final finish.
Repairing the body and frame is the focus of training in the Auto Collision Repair program. All phases of repair are encompassed including the use of frame straightening equipment and the latest in repair and refinishing techniques. Hands on training on customer-owned vehicles plus classroom theory are part of the program’s instruction. Students will learn how to properly repair damaged vehicles including repairing and replacing panels, working with sophisticated automotive finishes, special alloy steels, and plastics.The Auto Collision Repair lab is well lighted and equipped to industry standards. This gives the student a clean environment for learning and instructs the student in the safe use of hand and power tools, as well as the use of the latest equipment in the collision repair industry. At the end of the program, a student’s job readiness and mastery of skills will be measured based on testing and standards of the Automotive Service Excellence Designation.
Careers in Auto Collision Repair
Semi-Skilled: Apprentice Paint Prep, Metalworking Helper
Skilled: Body Repairer, Painter, Estimator, Glass Installer, Fiberglass Repairer, Custom Auto Builder, Service Mechanic, Towing/recovery Operator, Frame/unibody Repairer, Welder/fabricator, Detailer
Technician: Refinish Tech, Collision Tech, Alignment Tech, Owner/operator, Shop manager, Insurance Adjuster