Collision Repair & Refinishing


Program Description

Collision Repair Technology This course includes instruction in the four major collision repair areas. These areas include Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, Non-Structural Analysis and Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing, and Mechanical and Electrical Components. Students are also instructed in a fifth area which is Damage Analysis and Estimating. Students will be introduced to the smallest of vehicle damage up to major collision damage. The Collision Repair program utilizes the most current web-based I-CAR curriculum, which is our industry standard and is updated on a yearly basis. This allows the instructors to teach the students the most current methods and trends used in our industry. The Collision Repair Shop at Pathfinder is a fully equipped collision and refinishing training facility, which functions like a normal repair shop, servicing customers and municipalities. This allows the students to gain trade experience with real world jobs along with the use of training aids. The shop is environmentally conscious as well and is utilizing a waterborne paint system and a dust recovery system for the sanding equipment. Students in all grades will complete the SP/2 Collision Safety and Employability Training program each year and achieve certificates of competency for the (6) training areas.

Grade Focus

9th Grade:

  • Shop Safety Equipment & Procedures
  • Career Paths & Shop Types
  • Hand Tool Knowledge
  • Power Tool Knowledge
  • Vehicle Identification & body style knowledge
  • Fasteners
  • SP/2 Collision Safety Training Course

10th Grade:

  • Surface Preparation & Abrasives Used
  • Types of body fillers & minor dent repair techniques
  • Undercoats Knowledge
  • Types of paint finishes
  • Spray gun knowledge & basic spraying set-up
  • Welding & cutting knowledge & types
  • SP/2 Collision Safety/Employability Training Course

11th Grade:

  • Structural parts damage repair methods
  • Structural welding techniques
  • Plastic parts identification and repair techniques
  • Panel replacement and alignment
  • Suspension and steering systems
  • Basic frame damage and equipment knowledge
  • SP/2 Collision Safety/Employability Training Course

12th Grade:

  • Advanced Frame Repair Pulling & Measuring Techniques
  • Restraint Systems/Air bags
  • Mechanical & Electrical Knowledge
  • Glass Replacement
  • Advanced Painting/Blending Techniques
  • Damage Appraisal & Estimating
  • Job Readiness
  • SP/2 Collision Safety/Employability Training Course

Collision Repair & Refinishing Faculty