Auto Body Technology

Last Updated: 3/8/2022 6:29 PM

Auto Body students sanding an old car, painting a body piece, and welding

Program Description

Auto Body repair and refinishing on today’s high-tech automobiles is a challenging and rewarding career. In Auto Body Technology, students learn to repair and refinish damaged vehicle bodies consisting of metal, glass, fiberglass and plastic components. Students are instructed in the following areas: mechanical and electrical components, structural and non-structural damage repair and analysis, and plastics and adhesives; and paint and refinishing systems. Students have the opportunity to participate in Skills/USA.

Possible areas of Study

  • Various types and methods of welding
  • Basic frame straightening
  • Fiberglass repair
  • Spray painting and color matching
  • Vehicle cleaning, polishing and detailing
  • Trim replacement
  • Virtual Spray Booth
  • Alignment of doors, hoods and decks
  • Estimating
  • Uni-body panel replacement
  • Metal shrinking and stretching
  • Custom painting

Further Educational Opportunities

  • Advanced technical training and specialized certification
  • Apprenticeship placement
  • Associate’s degree in collision repair and auto refinishing
  • Articulation program with Nashville Auto College

Instructor: Ed Ringhiser
740.753.3511 or 800.637.6508

Click here for I-CAR Educator Link.

Fees and Recommended Tools

Required program fees may include safety glasses, tool rental, workbook, technology fees and dues for our professional organization.  It is also highly recommended that each student purchase their own dual cartridge respirator (recommended for paint spray applications).  The Auto Plus store in Athens has agreed to offer a Gerson Model #8311P respirator at a reduced cost of $15.00 to our students.  You may also choose to provide another model equivalent to this respirator.

Click here for the full list of program fees. For more information, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 740-753-3511.