The Pathfinder Auto Body Repair Shop is a fully equipped service collision and refinishing training facility. The shop functions like a normal repair shop servicing customers and municipalities with real world jobs.
Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
Frame Inspection and Repair
- Diagnosis and Measuring
- Frame anchoring devices
- Repairing: mash, sag, sideways twist, and diamond damage
- Remove and replace damaged frame members
- Restore corrosion protection
- Identify misaligned or damaged steering, suspension and power-train components which can cause vibration, steering and wheel alignment problems
Unibody Inspection, Measurement and Repair
- Diagnosis and measuring of unibody length, width, and height damage
- Proper anchoring
- Multiple pull repair unibody damage
- Mig welding
- Plasma Cutting
Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
- Review a damage report to determine an appropriate course of action
- Determine the extent of direct and indirect damage to outer body panels
- Inspect, remove, replace, and align: hoods, hinges, doors, deck lids, fenders, bumpers, headers, and other damaged panels
- Repair rough, out of contour damage to the surface of the body panels using the appropriate body tools
- Cutting out damaged sections of sheet metal body panels and welding in replacement panels
- Metal finishing and body filling
- Inspect and align movable glass
Mechanical and Electrical Components
- Suspension and steering components and wheel alignment angles as they apply to a collision
- How to test electrical circuits using a Digital Voltammeter
- Safe disposal of batteries and acid
- Replace mechanical and electrical components that might be damaged in a collision
- Inspect and replace brake lines, hoses, and brake components which might be damaged in a collision.
- Identify and comply with environmental concerns relating to refrigerants and coolants.
- Recycle and store refrigerants in accordance with EPA regulations.
- Identify and replace damaged A/C and cooling system components.
- Identify and replace damaged drive train, fuel, exhaust, and intake components.
- Identify and repair the various passenger restraint systems.
Plastics and Adhesives
- Identify the various types of plastics
- Repair plastics using "airless plastic welding"
- Repair plastics using urethane or epoxy adhesives.
- Prepare plastic for refinishing
Painting and Refinishing
- Identify and take necessary precautions with hazardous operations and materials according to federal, state and local regulations
- Identify personal health and safety issues according to "OSHA" guidelines and the "Right to know" act
- Select and use NIOSH approved respirators
- Select and use proper personal safety equipments for painting/refinishing and sanding (gloves, suits, hoods, eye and ear protection)
- Prepare the paint surface
- Use and clean spray guns and related equipment
- Paint mixing, matching and applying
- Paint defects, cause and cures
- Final detail and pre-delivery