Automotive Collision Repair

NMCC's Automotive Collision Repair is the only post-secondary auto collision repair program in northern New England. It is a two-year program designed to provide broad fundamental training in the repair of collision damage, frame straightening and the replacement of body panels. Instruction is given in welding, cutting and grinding, the use of plastic and fiberglass in preparation for the application of paint, and SMC panel and plastic parts repair. The second year of the program reinforces the skills learned inthe first year; however, more emphasis is placed on major collision appraisal and repair and the auto body refinishing process, a process that includes acrylic enamel, polyurethane paints and all catalyzed systems. Emphasis is also placed on base coat, clear coat paint, tri-coat paint repairs and color matching. Instruction is given in the paint mixing and tinting area with hands-on experience.

The Automotive Collision Repair program meets the National Institute for Automotive Excellence (ASE) standards of quality for the training of collision repair/refinishing technicians. The program is ASE certified in: structural analysis and damage repair; non-structural analysis and damage repair; plastics and adhesives; and painting and refinishing.

Male and female graduates of the Automotive Collision Repair program will find job opportunities with auto body and paint shops, new and used car dealers, auto glass shops and truck body builders. With experience, advanced positions may be available in supervision, insurance adjusting, sales and service, auto product field representation, with collision frame shops and in self-employment.