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Prepare with hands-on training and experience.

Autobody Technicians use special tools and equipment to repair damaged vehicles and make them look like new. The work may be minor, such as replacing a cracked windshield, or major, such as replacing an entire door panel. In some cases, one technician may handle an entire job, but large repair shops may take a team approach, with each technician specializing in one area.

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FAQ'S

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Autobody Technician program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Autobody Technician program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Autobody Technician program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Autobody Technician program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $14,625
    Books and supplies: $1,300
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.

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Autobody Technician Certificate from Baker College

Autobody TechnicianCertificate

Build your future.

Prepare with hands-on training and experience.

Autobody Technicians use special tools and equipment to repair damaged vehicles and make them look like new. The work may be minor, such as replacing a cracked windshield, or major, such as replacing an entire door panel. In some cases, one technician may handle an entire job, but large repair shops may take a team approach, with each technician specializing in one area.

Discover Your Future Autobody Career

Career Facts

$37,680

Median salary for Autobody Repairers

13%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$60,250

Median salary for Supervisors & Mechanics

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Overview

Baker’s Autobody Technician Certificate program teaches you how to repair, replace, and refinish the body components of a damaged vehicle. Our curriculum is taught by autobody repair experts in labs with all the specialized tools and equipment you’ll be using in the real world.

You receive hands-on training in all the essentials — how to remove dents and other damage, replace vehicle panels and glass, and complete the restoration with paint — everything you need to step into your first job and succeed.

Course Information
Autobody Technician Requirements60 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ABT 101
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6 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basics for all automotive refinishing work. Safety precautions, surface preparations, spray gun and related equipment operation, paint mixing and application are covered. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Corequisite(s):
ABT 106.
Painting and Refinishing I6
ABT 102
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6 Quarter Hours

Advances the skills taught in ABT 101. In addition it covers paint matching, paint defects - causes and cures, spot repairs, contemporary color coat materials, and final detail. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ABT 101, ABT 106.
Painting and Refinishing II6
ABT 103
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6 Quarter Hours

Provides student with the opportunity to put their skills to work on complete full vehicles. The vehicles will be taken from body prep to final painting and detailing. 120 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ABT 102.
Painting and Refinishing Practicum Lab6
ABT 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the Baker College Autobody Technology environment. Students will receive comprehensive instruction on laboratory procedures, policies, shop safety, and proper tool usage. Students are also introduced to the autobody repair processes, computer usage, the autobody industry, and State and industry certifications. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab are required.

Introduction to Autobody4
ABT 111
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6 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the basics for all automotive non-structural damage repair. Safety precautions, vehicle preparation, elementary repairs, outer body panel repairs, replacements, and adjustments are covered. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Corequisite(s):
ABT 106.
Non-Structural Damage Repair I6
ABT 112
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6 Quarter Hours

Advances the skills taught in ABT 111. In addition it covers metal finishing and body filling, movable glass and hardware repair, plastics and adhesives. Students will develop specific marketable repair skills. 20 hours of lecture and 80 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Prerequisite(s):
ABT 106, C or better in ABT 111, C or better in ABT 151.
Non-Structural Damage Repair II6
ABT 113
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6 Quarter Hours

Enables students to put their skills to work on complete full vehicles. The vehicles will be taken from start to final prep for painting. 120 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ABT 112.
Non-Structural Damage Repair Practicum Lab6
ABT 151
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5 Quarter Hours

Covers the safety precautions in welding and cutting. Besides MIG welding, TIG, oxyacetylene, resistance spot welding, and plasma cutting are included. Students learn the processes used in body repair. 15 hours of lecture and 70 hours of lab are required. Must complete with a C (73%) or better in order to count toward the Certificate or Associate Degree program in Autobody Technician.

Corequisite(s):
ABT 106.
MIG Welding5
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
WRK 271A
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4 Quarter Hours

Consists of a 140-hour minimum paid/unpaid, hands-on experience, working in an automotive repair facility. This work experience will focus on the State of Michigan certification areas and is intended to supplement the hours spent in courses on campus for the purpose of attaining at least minimum competency.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degree), ENG 101 (Certificate), minimum GPA 2.00, Program Director/Dean approval.
Automotive Work Experience4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 60

Program Description

The autobody technician must use specialized tools and equipment to remove dents and other damage from body panels or replace the panels entirely. In heavy damage, the frame and/or uni-body must also be repaired. The repairs or the entire vehicle must then be painted. This program prepares graduates for work in this area and includes coverage of plastic, glass, interior and mechanical system repairs.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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FAQ's

  • What are my chances of getting a job when I graduate from this Certificate of Autobody Technician program?

    The job placement rate for students who completed this program in 2012-2013 is *%.

    * This institution is not currently required to calculate a job placement rate for program completers.

  • How long will it take me to complete this Certificate of Autobody Technician program?

    The program is designed to take 15 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 15 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

  • What financing options are available to help me pay for this Certificate of Autobody Technician program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will this Certificate of Autobody Technician program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $14,625
    Books and supplies: $1,300
    On-campus room & board: not offered*

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

    * Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $3,600.