Recommended High School Level Background Courses
- *General Math
- Business Math
- Physical Science
- Business Law
- Auto Mechanics
- Industrial Arts
* Courses available in the Academic Achievement Center or the
High School Completion Center.
Basic Skills in the Program and on the Job
The approximate reading level for textbooks used in the first semester of
this program is eleventh to twelfth grade. Texts are a central part of the
coursework, important enough that textbook use is reviewed early in the first
semester. Tests are based on a combination of texts, lectures and videos.
In addition to using
texts, students must be able to read charts and graphs in dimensional manuals
and estimating guides.
View more information on reading skills in the Auto Collision Technology program.
The required English course in this program, Communication Skills (COM 703),
is taken after first semester. Speaking activities in program courses are
fairly informal. In their estimating classes, students are required to
interview an estimator and to make both an oral and written report on the
interview. Group work is used in basic shop operations classes to explain
information covered in the text. When students write estimates in their
estimating courses, neatness, legibility, basic punctuation, and spelling are
stressed. The audience for these documents may be customers, insurance
agencies, or supervisors within the company.
Entry-level positions in
this career require minimal communication skills. However, these skills are a
must for workers who advance to positions as estimators or managers.
View more information on language skills in the Auto Collision Technology program.
Strong basic math skills are crucial for success in this program. Although
the required math course, Applied Math (MAT 772), is taken in the second or
third semester, students can expect to use math right away in their other
courses. They should be able to operate a calculator for operations with
whole numbers, fractions, decimals, per cents, ratios and proportions. They
will be using math skills when they make estimates and figure reduction
ratios for painting. The structural repairs course also requires some
knowledge of geometry.
On the job, workers
should be able to figure their pay from a base salary plus per cent of
production. If they are self-employed, they may also keep books.
View more information on math skills in the Auto Collision Technology program.
Sequencing skills are used to follow estimating procedures. Accurate
observations are essential in measuring. Students must be able to trace the
causes of structural problems and to apply standard procedures in new
View more information on learning skills in the Auto Collision Technology program.
Minimal entry-level computer skills are needed in this program. Students will
use industry software for making estimates and mixing paints. Keyboarding and
word processing skills would be useful in their Communication Skills course.
On the job, workers may
also use computer programs for measuring and for locating auto parts.
View more information on computer skills in the Auto Collision Technology program.
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