Autobody Repair

AOS Degree – Code #0453

Kent Johnson, Program Coordinator

Email address: johnsokw@alfredstate.edu

This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training applicable to the autobody repair field. Laboratory experience ranges from spot repair, total wreck repair, specialized paint jobs, estimating, and rust repair to frame straightening.

PROGRAM STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.

Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive employment.

Demonstrate an ability to apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.

Demonstrate critical thinking and program solving skills to work with sheet metal repair.

Demonstrate ability to identify different types of frame damage.

Demonstrate painting skills for B/C and single stage painting.

Demonstrate the ability to repair frame and structure collision damage.

Demonstrate the ability to identify, evaluate, remove and replace various mechanical components.

DIRECT ENTRY INTO BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAM

Alfred State autobody repair graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

OCCUPATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Autobody repair specialist

Automotive refinisher

Body shop owner

Frame straightening specialist

Shop foreman

Service manager

Wheel alignment specialist

EMPLOYMENT STATISTICS

Employment and transfer rate of 100 percent – 82 percent are employed; 18 percent transferred to continue their education.

RELATED PROGRAMS

Automotive Service Technician

Heavy Equipment: Truck & Diesel Technician

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Motorsports Technology

Welding Technology

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS/RECOMMENDATIONS

Recommended: Algebra

TECHNICAL STANDARDS

Applicants in the autobody repair program must meet the following physical requirements:

Must be able to perform safely in the shop.

Must be able to lift 50 pounds to eye level.

Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.

Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays.

Must have a valid motor vehicle license and be able to drive a standard transmission vehicle.

Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.

Must be able to understand information found in service repair manuals and use diagnostic flow charts.

Must meet qualifications for a NYS driver’s license.

CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE

Graduates may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Graduates are also eligible for New York State inspection certification. Students may take the ASE exam for certification in refrigerant recycling & recovery during their senior year.

Autobody Repair - AOS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

AUTO

1326

Body Welding

6

AUTO

1313

Wrecker Operation & Estimating

3

AUTO

1306

Rust Repair

6

AUTO

1343

Refinishing Basics

3

18

Second

AUTO

2309

Brakes, Suspension & Structural Analysis

9

AUTO

1344

Reconditioning & Mechanical Components

4

AUTO

2365

Chassis Electrical

5

18

Third

AUTO

3819

Auto Body Skills/Computerized Estimating

9

AUTO

3809

Inspection, Gen. Alignment, Air Conditioning, Cooling and Heating

9

18

Fourth

AUTO

4639

Major Collision Repair

9

AUTO

4629

Major Refinishing

9

18

Students successfully completing autobody repair may wish to remain at Alfred in the automotive service technician, heavy equipment: truck & diesel technician, or motorsports programs another one-and-one-half years to receive a second degree upon successful completion of course. This requires department chair’s approval.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a “C” average.