Jimmy Smith, Program Coordinator
Program offered at the Somerset and Laurel Campuses.
The collision repair industry offers variety and challenges. Each damaged vehicle presents a unique set of problems to overcome in restoring it back to its original appearance and structural integrity. Utilizing their extensive knowledge of modern automotive construction and repair techniques, collision repair technicians develop a repair plan and apply the appropriate repair procedures for each job.
The Collision Repair program at Somerset Community College prepares students for entry level positions at various skill levels and training time durations. From repairing small dents to rebuilding the bodies of wrecked or damaged vehicles, this program maintains the current commercial standards.
Students are taught the types of materials used in filler compounds, the colors and chemical make-up of paints used to refinish, welding and cutting procedures, design and installation of trim, cost estimating and preparation for finish work. All are skills applied in actual jobs performed in shop assignments.
In this program, students are expected to continually develop manipulative skills combined with a strong work ethic. The importance of personal safety, quality of workmanship, productivity, and teamwork is also emphasized.
What does the future hold? Demand for qualified collision repairers will increase as the number of motor vehicles in operation continues to grow. Recently released figures indicate more technicians are retiring or leaving the industry than there are new technicians beginning their collision repair career.
New automobile designs have body panels or components made of high strength, light-weight steel alloys. There is increased use of aluminum and plastics—materials that are more difficult to work with than are traditional steel body panels.
The introduction of advanced electronic systems and controls have opened a new opportunities for technicians with interests in these areas.
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To learn how to apply to SCC, see the Admissions Checklist.
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