Ranken Technical College

Academics

Automotive Collision Repair

The Automotive Collision Repair Technology program operates in a large shop space devoted exclusively to student training. Using the Inter-Industry Conference on Automotive Collision Repair (I-CAR) Enhanced Delivery Curriculum, instruction will cover crucial industry topics including cycle time, blueprinting and hybrid technology, giving students an advantage when seeking opportunities in the collision repair industry.

Students will learn to repair late-model, collision-damaged vehicles using modern equipment such as frame machines, computerized electronic measuring systems, MIG welders, resistance spot-welding equipment, downdraft spray booths and prep stations. As is standard in today’s Collision shops, students use tablets and computers to aid in diagnosing and analyzing issues.

After vehicles are returned to pre-accident condition, they are either sold or driven by Ranken administration and faculty.

This program is certified by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in all four areas of auto body repair: Non-Structural, Structural, Refinishing and Mechanical/Electrical.

Associate of Technology, Associate of Science or
Certificate of Technology

Based on the tasks established by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)/NATEF and I-CAR, this four-semester program provides students with skills to restore collision-damaged vehicles to industry standards. The importance of certification and training continues to increase in the industry among collision repair facilities and insurance companies. In response to this demand, a graduate of the program has the potential to receive I-CAR ProLevel One, Two and Three certifications and four ASE certifications. Graduates may also qualify for a Sikkens certification. 

Program graduates are trained in:

  • Unibody and full frame damage analysis
  • Writing estimates manually and electronically
  • Making non-structural repairs in metal and plastics
  • Performing welding and cutting operations in steel and aluminum
  • Straightening structural steel and aluminum
  • Replacement of structural components
  • Steering and suspension repair and alignments
  • Air conditioning systems relating to collision damage
  • Diagnosing electrical and electronic problems
  • Refinishing systems and the processes to restore the original finish to industry standards

Upon completing the program, graduates are qualified for positions as collision repair technicians and automotive refinish technicians, with the option to pursue careers in management, estimating and sales.

Students interested in earning the certificate of technology will take all Automotive Collision Repair Technology courses and three general education courses.

Evening Program Certificate in Automotive Collision Repair

The Automotive Collision Repair Technology program operates in a large shop space devoted exclusively to student training on current model vehicles with collision damage. In this setting, students use modern equipment such as three types of electronic measuring systems, body and frame machines, downdraft spray booths, computerized mixing systems, prep stations, MIG welders and a resistance spot welder. The department utilizes the Inter-Industry Conference on Automotive Collision Repair (I-CAR) Enhanced Delivery Curriculum.

The sections are stand-alone and can be taken in any sequence. Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

For students interested in furthering their education, these courses can be credited toward the Bachelor of Science in Applied Management (BSAM) degree.

Associate of Applied Science

Ranken offers an Associate of Applied Science degree as a part of the evening program curriculum. You can earn your associate degree with a combination of Ranken’s standard evening school courses as well as our new online courses. You can also transfer credit from other accredited technical training programs, or have your technical work experience evaluated for possible transfer credit. (30 technical credit hours required for graduation.)

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