Automotive Training Center is committed to inspiring a future generation of automotive collision technicians, and it all begins at our Warminster and Exton campuses. Through the Collision Reconditioning Technology program, students will acquire sufficient technical knowledge and experience in aspects of diagnosis and repair of collision damage.
What’s required to receive your diploma? We’re so glad you’ve asked. Let’s take a closer look at the coursework you’ll encounter while enrolled at ATC.
Welding & Non-Structural Damage Repair
Welding and non-structural damage repair is an important part of the Collision program at ATC.
You’ll learn the principles of MIG welding, cutting, brazing, MIG brazing, squeeze type resistance spot welding, plastic repair, and adhesives. Hands-on practice takes you through various welding projects, heating and annealing metals and shaping mild and HSS steel and aluminum.
Practical shop work includes proper use of:
- Hand tools
- Disc grinders
This covers all aspects of priming, the various primers available, and their specific uses, as you prep the surface for repairs. Inspection and diagnosis of various surface conditions and breakdowns, including cleaning of surface imperfections, is included in this course.
Learn about the care and maintenance of shop equipment, along with:
- Power and hand sanding
- Wet and dry sanding
- Feather edging
Structural Damage Repair
This course will tackle the important topics of uni-body and frame repair, along with major collision repair. When a vehicle has been in a serious accident, extensive structural damage repair may be required. In this course, you’ll learn to use the measurement gauges and dimension charts to correct alignment of uni-bodies and frames.
Become familiar with some of the latest equipment and technology being used in the industry, including the Chief S-21 frame straightening bench.
Painting and Refinishing
Pick up the practical techniques in painting and refinishing with a focus on top-coat finishes and final buffing and polishing for a high-gloss finish. Extensive shop experience and practice revolves around:
- Color matching
- Panel refinishing
- Spot repair
Paint quality preservation and detailing techniques are thoroughly covered, along with custom color blending and working with different finish types. Finish types include clear coats, mica, and metallic finishes.
Cost Estimating & Damage Repair
This course details the procedures of preparing a cost estimate for a driver after a collision has occurred. Flat rate manuals and labor/parts guides are used to provide an estimate for repair costs of all metal, suspension, steering, and other important mechanical parts.
Practical exercises will test students in calculating labor costs for refinishing, minor repair, and major salvage, determining where areas may overlap. Use computer software and the CCC-One system to determine a cost estimate, while getting additional shop work in structural and non-structural analysis and damage.
Apply to the Collision Reconditioning Technology Program
It only takes a few minutes to fill out an application for Automotive Training Center’s Collision Reconditioning Technology Program. Once you’ve completed this, we’ll be in touch after reviewing your information, and will set up a time for you to take a campus tour.
We look forward to teaching the future collision repair experts of the Delaware Valley and beyond!