• Auto Body Applied Technology

    Associate in Applied Science , Certification Program

    Available at: West Campus
    Del Mar College uses the Texas Common Application.
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    Program Overview

    Auto body technicians use special machines to restore damaged metal frames and body sections to their original shape and location. The technicians remove badly damaged sections of body panels with a pneumatic metal cutting gun or acetylene torch and weld in new sections to replace them. Technicians also repair and replace the plastic body parts used on newer model vehicles. They remove the damage panels and determine the type of plastic from which they are made, and replace plastic parts which are badly damaged or more difficult to repair. In large shops, technicians may specialize in one type of repair.

    Certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which is voluntary, is recognized as a standard of achievement for auto body technicians. To be certified, a technician must pass a written examination and must have at least two years of experience in the trade (two years of school count as one year of experience). To retain certification, technicians must retake tests at least every five years.

    See Curriculum for more information about the two Certificates available below.
    Associate in Applied Science Degree: Auto Body Applied Technology
    Certificate: Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair
    Certificate: Auto Body Structural Collision/Refinishing Repair Specialist - Level II