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Automotive Collision Repair Technology

Associate Applied Science - Transfer

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for. *Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the automotive repair industry.

Program Facts

65% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average income $40,823 annually

Wage potential $51,750 annually

Employment and wage data sources

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

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities in the automotive collision repair industry are expected to grow along with the demand for qualified auto body technicians. Due to rapid changes in technology getting formal skills training in automotive body repair will better qualify and individual for employment.

About 65% of BTC Auto Collision Repair students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $40,823, with an earning potential of about $51,750 per year.*

Potential Positions

Program graduates can work as automotive body technicians for independent auto body repair shops, automobile or truck dealers or companies who specialize in body repairs and painting. Opportunities may also exist to work for organizations that maintain their own motor vehicles, such as trucking companies and automobile rental companies, automotive dealerships, automotive manufacturing plants, automotive recyclers, automotive parts and plastics supply shops, independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, aircraft detail and repair shops, boat manufacturers, and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include automotive repair technician, automotive glass specialist, automotive painter, auto body supply salesperson or body shop manager.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ACRT 101Introduction to Auto Collision Repair4 credits

    This course covers personal, tool and equipment safety; workplace ethics; and hazardous materials. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/3DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 5
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 105Non-Structural Welding8 credits

    This course covers the differences between various metal joining processes, selection of the correct process for different types of jobs, and the advantages of MIG welding, plasma cutting, spot welding, and gas welding and cutting. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/6-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 9
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
    10/6-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 12
     TTh12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 110Refinishing Safety2 credits

    This course will address the basic knowledge and skill to perform personal and environmental safety practices, spray gun and related equipment operation, surface preparation, and various refinishing operations used on vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101

    Future Offerings
    10/8-10/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 5
  • ACRT 268Refinishing Final Detail3 credits

    This course addresses basic theory and practical applications of color sanding, buffing, and polishing after refinishing. This course also covers vehicle cleanup before the vehicle is delivered to the customer. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/18-11/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 3
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • MATH& 141 *Precalculus I5 credits

    The focus of this course will be functions. Students manipulate and graph linear, polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic and quadratic functions. The course will also cover systems of equations, matrices and determinants, and their applications.

    Prerequisite:
    BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aBILLS MOpenings: 11
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBILLS MOpenings: 10
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 8
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
  • Quarter 2
  • ACRT 115Non-Structural Repair2 credits

    This course addresses basic personal safety, vehicle safety, equipment, product knowledge, and basic knowledge required to perform non-structural analysis and damage repair. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/16DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 123Non-Structural Metal Finishing5 credits

    This course covers the correct mixing and application of body fillers that will increase the quality of a repair. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, basic fundamentals of metal straightening, and proper selection of metal straightening tools is also included. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/20-3/26MWF 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 125Refinishing Surface Preparation5 credits

    This course covers how to determine the condition of a vehicle’s finish and plan the steps to be used in refinishing the vehicle. Instruction in safety and environmental awareness is also included. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 141Outer Body Panel Repair4 credits

    This course covers replacement and adjustment of outer body panels, selection of alignment tools, and understanding how to use panel replacement and alignment tools. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, human relations and work ethics are taught as an integral part of this course. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    2/23-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 4
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ENGL& 101 *English Composition I5 credits

    A composition course in which students read, analyze, and write essays using a variety of rhetorical strategies, as well as develop and verbally express ideas clearly and effectively. The critical reading of essays will provide a basis for the student's own critical writing, which will reflect a command of college-level literacy standards. Attention to writing fundamentals and stylistic techniques will also be included. Word processing, email and internet knowledge required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aNEWTON DOpenings: 7
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aNEWTON DOpenings: 10
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pNEWTON DWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online VANLEUVEN NWaitlisted: 3
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online NEWTON DOpenings: 26
  • PSYC& 100 *General Psychology5 credits

    An overview of the factors affecting behavior including topics related to theories of learning, the senses, perceptions, nervous system, emotions, personality theory, motivation, abnormal behavior and therapy, and social psychology.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pMUDD SOpenings: 1
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aMUDD SWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/12Online MUDD SWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh 9:00a-11:05aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • ACRT 130Damage Analysis3 credits

    This course covers the procedure for analyzing vehicle damage and estimating repair costs using manual and computerized estimating systems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-4/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 133Paint Matching & Blending7 credits

    This course addresses mixing all types of refinishing materials, the theory of matching refinishing materials, painting and blending techniques, and paint application. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/27-5/15DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 138Restoring Corrosion Protection3 credits

    This course covers corrosion and its effect on vehicles, how to restore corrosion protection to collision damaged areas, and how to work safely with chemicals. Student plan effective and correct corrosion protection treatment for welded areas and exposed seams, interior seams, exposed surfaces, trim and accessories during repairs. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-4/24MWF12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 142Shop Practicum I6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    5/18-6/23MWF 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 3
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ACRT 140Drive Train, Fuel, Brakes, HVAC3 credits

    This unit teaches the knowledge of vehicle systems to students so they can perform different types of repairs on a vehicle. To include R&R parts of HVAC, drive train systems, electrical and electronics systems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/10DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 251Structural Welding4 credits

    This course addresses welding safety, setup, and uses of a MIG welder for aluminum and steel. Students learn how to weld different types of metals. To complete this course students must pass all welding tests based on I-CAR standards. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/24DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
  • ACRT 253Moveable Glass & Hardware2 credits

    This course covers removal, installation, and adjustment of moveable glass and its hardware. Students identify causes of door glass problems and learn how to correct air and water leaks. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/13-10/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 254Structural Fixed Glass2 credits

    This course emphasizes the role glass plays in the structural integrity of the vehicle and includes information about automobile glass and methods for removal and installation. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/28-11/4DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 256Unibody Inspection4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel and aluminum unibody vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    11/5-11/21DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 262Frame Inspection & Repair4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel framed vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    11/24-12/12DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • Quarter 5
  • ACRT 255Suspension & Steering4 credits

    This course covers identification and diagnosis of tire and wheel steering, rack and pinion steering, power steering suspension, strut type, and steering and suspension system problems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 10
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 260Shop Practicum III6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/26-3/26DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 263Restraint Systems2 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and inspection of restraint and SRS systems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    3/2-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 14
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 264Plastics & Adhesives4 credits

    This course covers the different types of plastic used in today’s automobiles, and how to identify and repair them. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

  • ACRT 266Electrical System Repair3 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and repair of electrical system problems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    2/23-2/27DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 10
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • Quarter 6
  • ACRT 270Shop Practicum IV10 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/23DAILYEVENSTAD BOpenings: 10
  • ACRT 275Internship7 credits

    The student will gain hands-on work experience with an auto collision repair employer. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS127 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS-T General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program admits students twice a year, in fall and winter quarters.

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

  • BTC College Level Math score of 32 or a C grade in MATH 099.
  • Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 85 or B grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 86 or B grade in ENGL 092 or C grade in AENGL 100.

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.

Bruce Evenstad - Instructor image

Bruce Evenstad

360 752-8426

bevenstad@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Bruce completed the Auto Body Course at BTC (then called BVTI) in 1970 and started working at Deihl Ford were he served as a Auto Repair Technician. Bruce also served on the Auto Body Advisory Committee. Bruce Left Diehl Ford to become the Auto Body Instructor at Bellingham Technical College and has been teaching the Auto Collision Technology Course for 34 years. During his tenure he has become the Certified I-Car Instructor ,an I-Car Platinum Individual Certificate, PPG Master Refinishing Technician and completed the Car-o-Liner vocational instructor course for measuring and straightening unibody and frame vehicle

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certificate, Certified Journeyman Auto Collision Technician

      Certificate, PPG Master Painting Technician

      Certificate, I-CAR Instructor

      Certificate, I-CAR Platinum Certificate in Non-Structural Technician

      Certificate, I-CAR Platinum Certificate in Steel Structural Technician

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification



Associate of Applied Science Degree

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

*Driving citations will restrict or prevent student participation in some lab activities, internships and employment in the automotive repair industry.

Program Facts

65% Average placement rate for program graduates

Average income $40,823 annually

Wage potential $51,750 annually

Employment and wage data sources

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

Jobs & Employment

Employment opportunities in the automotive collision repair industry are expected to grow along with the demand for qualified auto body technicians. Due to rapid changes in technology getting formal skills training in automotive body repair will better qualify and individual for employment.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

About 65% of BTC Auto Collision Repair students are employed within nine months of graduation. The average annual wage in this field is $40,823, with an earning potential of about $51,750 per year.* <>

Potential Positions

Program graduates can work as automotive body technicians for independent auto body repair shops, automobile or truck dealers or companies who specialize in body repairs and painting. Opportunities may also exist to work for organizations that maintain their own motor vehicles, such as trucking companies and automobile rental companies, automotive dealerships, automotive manufacturing plants, automotive recyclers, automotive parts and plastics supply shops, independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, aircraft detail and repair shops, boat manufacturers, and industrial manufacturing plants.

Potential positions include automotive repair technician, automotive glass specialist, automotive painter, auto body supply salesperson or body shop manager.

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ACRT 101Introduction to Auto Collision Repair4 credits

    This course covers personal, tool and equipment safety; workplace ethics; and hazardous materials. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/3DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 5
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 105Non-Structural Welding8 credits

    This course covers the differences between various metal joining processes, selection of the correct process for different types of jobs, and the advantages of MIG welding, plasma cutting, spot welding, and gas welding and cutting. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/6-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 9
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
    10/6-12/12DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 12
     TTh12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 110Refinishing Safety2 credits

    This course will address the basic knowledge and skill to perform personal and environmental safety practices, spray gun and related equipment operation, surface preparation, and various refinishing operations used on vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101

    Future Offerings
    10/8-10/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 5
  • ACRT 268Refinishing Final Detail3 credits

    This course addresses basic theory and practical applications of color sanding, buffing, and polishing after refinishing. This course also covers vehicle cleanup before the vehicle is delivered to the customer. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/18-11/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 3
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aHEGEBERG LWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pADAMS JOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 18
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • ACRT 115Non-Structural Repair2 credits

    This course addresses basic personal safety, vehicle safety, equipment, product knowledge, and basic knowledge required to perform non-structural analysis and damage repair. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/16DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 123Non-Structural Metal Finishing5 credits

    This course covers the correct mixing and application of body fillers that will increase the quality of a repair. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, basic fundamentals of metal straightening, and proper selection of metal straightening tools is also included. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/20-3/26MWF 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 125Refinishing Surface Preparation5 credits

    This course covers how to determine the condition of a vehicle’s finish and plan the steps to be used in refinishing the vehicle. Instruction in safety and environmental awareness is also included. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 141Outer Body Panel Repair4 credits

    This course covers replacement and adjustment of outer body panels, selection of alignment tools, and understanding how to use panel replacement and alignment tools. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, human relations and work ethics are taught as an integral part of this course. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    2/23-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 4
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pNELSON NOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • ACRT 130Damage Analysis3 credits

    This course covers the procedure for analyzing vehicle damage and estimating repair costs using manual and computerized estimating systems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-4/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 133Paint Matching & Blending7 credits

    This course addresses mixing all types of refinishing materials, the theory of matching refinishing materials, painting and blending techniques, and paint application. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/27-5/15DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 138Restoring Corrosion Protection3 credits

    This course covers corrosion and its effect on vehicles, how to restore corrosion protection to collision damaged areas, and how to work safely with chemicals. Student plan effective and correct corrosion protection treatment for welded areas and exposed seams, interior seams, exposed surfaces, trim and accessories during repairs. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-4/24MWF12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 142Shop Practicum I6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    5/18-6/23MWF 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 3
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ACRT 140Drive Train, Fuel, Brakes, HVAC3 credits

    This unit teaches the knowledge of vehicle systems to students so they can perform different types of repairs on a vehicle. To include R&R parts of HVAC, drive train systems, electrical and electronics systems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/10DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 251Structural Welding4 credits

    This course addresses welding safety, setup, and uses of a MIG welder for aluminum and steel. Students learn how to weld different types of metals. To complete this course students must pass all welding tests based on I-CAR standards. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/24DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
  • ACRT 253Moveable Glass & Hardware2 credits

    This course covers removal, installation, and adjustment of moveable glass and its hardware. Students identify causes of door glass problems and learn how to correct air and water leaks. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/13-10/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 254Structural Fixed Glass2 credits

    This course emphasizes the role glass plays in the structural integrity of the vehicle and includes information about automobile glass and methods for removal and installation. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/28-11/4DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 256Unibody Inspection4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel and aluminum unibody vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    11/5-11/21DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 262Frame Inspection & Repair4 credits

    This course covers inspection, diagnosis, measurement, and repair of steel framed vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    11/24-12/12DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 6
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • Quarter 5
  • ACRT 255Suspension & Steering4 credits

    This course covers identification and diagnosis of tire and wheel steering, rack and pinion steering, power steering suspension, strut type, and steering and suspension system problems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/23DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 10
     DAILY 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 260Shop Practicum III6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/26-3/26DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 24
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 263Restraint Systems2 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and inspection of restraint and SRS systems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    3/2-3/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 14
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • ACRT 264Plastics & Adhesives4 credits

    This course covers the different types of plastic used in today’s automobiles, and how to identify and repair them. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

  • ACRT 266Electrical System Repair3 credits

    This course covers diagnosis and repair of electrical system problems. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    2/23-2/27DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 10
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • Quarter 6
  • ACRT 270Shop Practicum IV10 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-6/23DAILYEVENSTAD BOpenings: 10
  • ACRT 275Internship7 credits

    The student will gain hands-on work experience with an auto collision repair employer. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS122 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program admits students twice a year, in fall and winter quarters.

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 in ENGL 092.

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.

Bruce Evenstad - Instructor image

Bruce Evenstad

360 752-8426

bevenstad@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Bruce completed the Auto Body Course at BTC (then called BVTI) in 1970 and started working at Deihl Ford were he served as a Auto Repair Technician. Bruce also served on the Auto Body Advisory Committee. Bruce Left Diehl Ford to become the Auto Body Instructor at Bellingham Technical College and has been teaching the Auto Collision Technology Course for 34 years. During his tenure he has become the Certified I-Car Instructor ,an I-Car Platinum Individual Certificate, PPG Master Refinishing Technician and completed the Car-o-Liner vocational instructor course for measuring and straightening unibody and frame vehicle

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certificate, Certified Journeyman Auto Collision Technician

      Certificate, PPG Master Painting Technician

      Certificate, I-CAR Instructor

      Certificate, I-CAR Platinum Certificate in Non-Structural Technician

      Certificate, I-CAR Platinum Certificate in Steel Structural Technician

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification



Automotive Refinishing Certificate

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

Program Facts

65% Average placement rate for college graduates

Average wage $49,615 annually

Wage potential $65,832 annually

Employment and wage data sources

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

Gainful Employment

Program Costs, Financing, and Outcomes

Jobs & Employment

Train for a career as an automotive collision repair technician, automotive glass specialist, painter, or body shop manager. BTC’s Auto Collision Repair program will prepare you for all aspects of automotive body repair, using the latest technological processes and equipment. You’ll learn trade-specific skills, including how to repair and refinish damaged vehicles.

BTC’s Auto Collision Repair Technology program and Automotive Refinishing certificate will give you the hands-on instruction that employers such as independent collision repair shops, detailing shops, automotive manufacturers, and automotive recyclers are looking for.

The average annual wage in this field is $49,615, with an earning potential of about $65,832 per year.*

Courses

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  • Quarter 1
  • ACRT 101Introduction to Auto Collision Repair4 credits

    This course covers personal, tool and equipment safety; workplace ethics; and hazardous materials. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    9/23-10/3DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 5
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
     MWF12:00p-3:00p
  • ACRT 110Refinishing Safety2 credits

    This course will address the basic knowledge and skill to perform personal and environmental safety practices, spray gun and related equipment operation, surface preparation, and various refinishing operations used on vehicles. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

    Prerequisite:
    ACRT 101

    Future Offerings
    10/8-10/24DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 5
  • ACRT 115Non-Structural Repair2 credits

    This course addresses basic personal safety, vehicle safety, equipment, product knowledge, and basic knowledge required to perform non-structural analysis and damage repair. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-1/16DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 125Refinishing Surface Preparation5 credits

    This course covers how to determine the condition of a vehicle’s finish and plan the steps to be used in refinishing the vehicle. Instruction in safety and environmental awareness is also included. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/7-3/26DAILY12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
     DAILY12:00p-3:00p
  • AMATH 100 *Applied Occupational Math5 credits

    This course covers fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, English and metric measurement systems, geometry, and algebra. The contents will include relevant technical applications and the use of a calculator. Text required.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Arithmetic score of 50 or a C grade in MATH 090 or ABE 050.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh 9:00a-11:05aHEGEBERG LWaitlisted: 0
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pHEGEBERG LOpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aSCHIVITZ BOpenings: 2
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pADAMS JOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pSCHIVITZ BWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pHONEYCUTT TOpenings: 18
    9/23-12/12Online ADAMS JWaitlisted: 1
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 2
  • ACRT 123Non-Structural Metal Finishing5 credits

    This course covers the correct mixing and application of body fillers that will increase the quality of a repair. Instruction in safety, environmental awareness, basic fundamentals of metal straightening, and proper selection of metal straightening tools is also included. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    1/20-3/26MWF 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
     MWF 8:00a-3:00p
  • ACRT 138Restoring Corrosion Protection3 credits

    This course covers corrosion and its effect on vehicles, how to restore corrosion protection to collision damaged areas, and how to work safely with chemicals. Student plan effective and correct corrosion protection treatment for welded areas and exposed seams, interior seams, exposed surfaces, trim and accessories during repairs. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/8-4/24MWF12:00p-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 142Shop Practicum I6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    5/18-6/23MWF 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 268Refinishing Final Detail3 credits

    This course addresses basic theory and practical applications of color sanding, buffing, and polishing after refinishing. This course also covers vehicle cleanup before the vehicle is delivered to the customer. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    10/18-11/26DAILY 8:00a-11:00aEVENSTAD BOpenings: 3
     DAILY 8:00a-11:00a
  • AENGL 100 *Applied English5 credits

    This applied English course focuses on the workplace communication skills needed to send, receive, and process oral and written information. Along with a review of writing fundamentals, learners will use principles of clear communication, professionalism, and cultural awareness in occupational contexts. Learners will sharpen their reading, writing, and presentation skills.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/23-12/11TTh12:00p-2:05pNELSON NOpenings: 6
    9/24-12/12MWF 9:00a-10:25aKONGSHAUG CWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pWISE JWaitlisted: 0
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pBURNS JOpenings: 9
    9/23-12/12Online DONNELLY RWaitlisted: 2
    1/8-3/26TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/8-3/26TTh 6:00p-8:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:05pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/8-6/22MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 26
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 3
  • ACRT 133Paint Matching & Blending7 credits

    This course addresses mixing all types of refinishing materials, the theory of matching refinishing materials, painting and blending techniques, and paint application. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.


    Future Offerings
    4/27-5/15DAILY 8:00a-3:00pEVENSTAD BOpenings: 15
  • ACRT 143Shop Practicum II6 credits

    This course is self-paced allowing students to apply the fundamental principles and competencies learned in non-structural repair, structural damage repair, mechanical and electrical repair, plastics and adhesives, and painting and refinishing. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

  • CMST& 210 *Interpersonal Communications5 credits

    Designed to introduce students to the application of basic interpersonal communication theory, with a focus on achieving success in the workplace. Topics explored include self-awareness, self-disclosure, conversation skills, relationship development and maintenance, assertiveness, teamwork and group dynamics, conflict management strategies, and diversity issues.

    Prerequisite:
    Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 71 or a C grade in RDG 085, and Accuplacer Sentence Skills score of 71 or a C grade in ENGL 092.

    Future Offerings
    9/24-12/12MWF 1:00p-2:25pOEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 5
    9/24-12/12MWF11:00a-12:25pOEKERMAN COpenings: 1
    9/23-12/11TTh 6:00p-8:05pOEKERMAN COpenings: 4
    9/24-12/12MWF 3:00p-4:25pMUDD SWaitlisted: 3
    9/23-12/12Online OEKERMAN CWaitlisted: 2
    9/23-12/12Online LIPPMAN LWaitlisted: 1
    1/7-3/25MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF11:00a-12:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 3:00p-4:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/25MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    1/7-3/26Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/8-6/22MWF 1:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/8-6/22MWF 9:00a-10:25aSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23TTh12:00p-2:25pSTAFFOpenings: 28
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
    4/7-6/23Online STAFFOpenings: 24
  • Quarter 4
  • ACRT 275Internship7 credits

    The student will gain hands-on work experience with an auto collision repair employer. Students must have a grade of C or better (2.0) in all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses.

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS65 credits

* Minimum requirement. List of other AAS General Education class options

Program Entry Information

This program admits students twice a year, in fall and winter quarters.

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 Certificate 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 in ENGL 092.

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in refinishing.

Bruce Evenstad - Instructor image

Bruce Evenstad

360 752-8426

bevenstad@btc.ctc.edu


Instructor Information

    • Biography

      Bruce completed the Auto Body Course at BTC (then called BVTI) in 1970 and started working at Deihl Ford were he served as a Auto Repair Technician. Bruce also served on the Auto Body Advisory Committee. Bruce Left Diehl Ford to become the Auto Body Instructor at Bellingham Technical College and has been teaching the Auto Collision Technology Course for 34 years. During his tenure he has become the Certified I-Car Instructor ,an I-Car Platinum Individual Certificate, PPG Master Refinishing Technician and completed the Car-o-Liner vocational instructor course for measuring and straightening unibody and frame vehicle

    • Degrees and Certifications

      Certificate, Certified Journeyman Auto Collision Technician

      Certificate, PPG Master Painting Technician

      Certificate, I-CAR Instructor

      Certificate, I-CAR Platinum Certificate in Non-Structural Technician

      Certificate, I-CAR Platinum Certificate in Steel Structural Technician

      Certificate, WA Professional Technical Certification