Program Description

This Tech Prep program meets automotive industry standards and has earned the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification. Students learn the technology of repairing and painting damaged parts and bodies of today’s high-tech vehicles and practice these skills in an up-to-date lab as well as in local auto dealerships and repair facilities.

Program Content

    Personal Management and Employability Skills
    Non-structural Analysis / Damage Repair
    Painting and Refinishing
    Plastics and Adhesives
    Structural Analysis and Damage Repair
    Computer-based Estimating
    Technical Communications
    Ethics and Legal Responsibilities

Special Features

Students may participate in SkillsUSA, a national organization that provides opportunities to develop teamwork, personal leadership, and career skills valued by employers.

12th grade students will complete and present senior projects

Automotive YES sponsored paid summer internships are available to qualifying junior students.

Unpaid work experience

Co-op and Paid Work Experience may be available. Tech Prep Program


4.0 cr. Automotive Collision Repair & Refinishing

College Credit

Program completers may qualify for articulated college credit from the following colleges and universities.

Auto Collision & Repair

Institution Program Articulated Course(s)
Alpena Community College* Automotive Technology AUT 118 (Automotive Fundamentals)
Baker College (Flint) Autobody Technician ABT101  (Painting and Refinishing I)

ABT 151 (MIG Welding)

Davenport University Technical Engineering Systems Pathway BUSN210 (Professional Ethics)

COMM120(Presentation Techniques)

GNSS (General Social Science Credit)

SOSC201 (Diversity in Society)

GNBS (General Business Credit)

Delta College Automobile Technician AUT100 (Intro Auto Service)
Ferris State University** Automotive Service Technology AUTO111 (Manual Transmission-Drivelines

AUTO112 (Automotive Brake Systems)

AUTO114 (Automotive Engines)

AUTO115 (Suspension-Steering-Alignment Service)

Kirkland Community College** Automotive AUT16801 (Automotive Electrical Systems)

AUT17703 (Automotive Braking Systems)

Mid-Michigan Community College** Automotive Technology AMS104 (Basic Auto Electricity)

AMS110 (Engine Fund & Overhaul)

AMS205 (Suspension/Steering)

AMS206 (Brakes)

Student Certifications

NATEF / ASE, Automotive YES, SP2, CareerSafe Safety Education Training

Program Requirements

Today’s technology requires strong reading and math skills for success in the automotive field.
Text reading level: 9th grade
Ability to read, understand and apply technical information
Mathematics: measurements, fractions, percentages, and cost-time estimates

Safety Requirements:

Safety shoes
Proper work clothes
Students must complete safety competencies before they are allowed to work in the lab
Must adhere to all MIOSHA, OSHA, and state and federal rules and regulations


Student must be free of allergies from dust, paint, and fumes
Good muscular and eye-hand coordination, physical stamina and strength
Work independently with minimal supervision
Work within precise limits or standards of accuracy

Career Possibilities

Collision Repair Technician, Painting / Refinishing Technician, Collision Estimator, Insurance Company Claims Adjuster, Body Shop Manager