Auto Collision Technology Skills Guide

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 situations.

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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.

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