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2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog 
2016-2017 Bellingham Technical College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Automotive Collision Repair Technology

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Love cars and want to make fixing them your career? Bellingham Technical College’s Automotive Collision Repair Technology program will give you training for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or auto body repair shop manager. BTC’s automotive classes will train you for all aspects of automotive repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment in our full-service shop. Your training will include trade-specific skills, such as how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will train you with hands-on instruction that will earn you top jobs with employers such as independent automotive repair shops, car detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, automotive recyclers, and more.

The Auto Collision Repair Technology program is an I-CAR Industry Training Alliance member.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills to repair a damaged vehicle using teamwork skills, non-structural repair methods, structural repair methods and refinishing skills to complete the repair of the damage vehicle through hands on demonstrations in allotted time.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in MIG welding, Oxy-Acetylene and Plasma cutting, Oxy-Acetylene welding and spot welding through hands on applied demonstration and test to I-CAR standards.
  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills in repairing soft, semi-rigid and rigid plastic vehicle parts through hands on applied demonstrations to I-CAR standards.

Program Entry Information

This program admits students in fall quarter.

Program Start

  • Automotive Collision Repair Technology students must show their current 3 year “Abstract of Driving Record” from Washington State DOL to their program instructor (“current” is within the week prior to submission). This abstract will be required during the first week of the Fall Quarter and will be kept on file for advising purposes only.
  • Driving records (abstracts) can be obtained for a fee. It is the responsibility of the applicant to pay for and order his/her driving records. You may obtain a copy of your current “Abstract of Driving Record” at your local Department of Licensing or by accessing the Washington State Department of Licensing on the web at www.dol.wa.gov.

Testing Requirements

These requirements are for the AAS degree and are lower than those for the AAS-T degree. Please see the AAS-T Entry Page for AAS-T requirements.

  • ACCUPLACER Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090   or ABE 050  .
  • ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085  , and ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade inENGL 092  .

Degree and Certificate Requirements

Automotive Collision Repair Technology Degree and Certificate completion requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater and minimum grade of C/2.0 for required courses.


    Associate of Applied Science
    Associate of Applied Science - Transfer

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