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Courses Offered

 

ACRP 101 - Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270            Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student’s major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major. This course is designed to introduce students to automotive collision repair and provide an overview of the skills needed for employment in industry. Topics covered include safety practices, industry repair standards, repair theory, tool identification and use, vehicle construction, gas and electric welding, metal finishing, grinding, applying and shaping plastic filler and spraying primer.

Note: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 101 is equivalent to Automotive Collision Repair/Painting140 and150. Students who have completed Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 140 and 150 have met the 101 prerequisite requirement for 102, 103, 104, 130, 132, and 134.

ACRP 102 - Collision Repair Equipment and Welding Techniques

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270            Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Prerequisite: ACRP 101 - Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair with a minimum grade of C

This course provides instruction on collision repair equipment and welding techniques involving safety practices, vehicle collision analysis and theory, vehicle disassembly procedures and body component fit-up and alignment principles. The topics of replacing door skins, panel bonding, steel patch panel fabrication, weld-in panel replacement and aluminum panel repair are also covered. Equipment used includes Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welders (STRSW), hydraulic jacks, pneumatic and other specialty tools.

ACRP 103 - Major Collision Analysis and Repair

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270               Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Prerequisite: ACRP 101 - Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair with a minimum grade of C

This course provides instruction in full frame and unibody vehicle construction and damage types, locating and analyzing direct and indirect damage, planning a pull, setting up and using a frame rack with and without computerized measuring systems, and replacing structural parts and panels with Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welders (STRSW). The topics of vehicle sectioning, structural glass, suspension components, front-end alignment, and damage estimating are also covered.

ACRP 104 - Mechanical and Electrical Systems for Collision Repair Technicians

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270            Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Prerequisite: ACRP 101 - Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair with a minimum grade of C

This course includes instruction in steering and suspension system parts and damage identification, wheel alignment, airbag deactivation and reactivation, hybrid/electric vehicle safety and interior upholstery and reconditioning. This course also provides instruction in correcting structural damage and replacing structural parts such as core supports, center pillars, front side members, structural glass, aluminum and composite structural components and restoring corrosion protection.

 ACRP 106 - Automotive Collision Repair for Non-Majors
Units: 2                Lecture Hours: 18              Lab Hours: 54              Outside Hours: 36
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course is designed to provide students with a brief, hands-on introduction to all facets of automotive collision repair. Topics include safety practices, customer rights and the collision repair process, auto parts nomenclature, dent removal, plastic repair, filler application and shaping, priming, painting and detailing.

ACRP 120 - Automotive Collision Investigation

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This is an introductory course in automotive collision investigation designed for students preparing for employment in the fields of automotive collision repair, automotive insurance investigation, and accident reconstruction. Emphasis is placed upon vehicle identification, vehicle design and construction, occupant restraint systems, tire identification and construction, identification of tire marks, the coefficient of friction, and speed from skid formulas.

ACRP 122 - Automotive Repair Fraud
Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: ACRP 120 - Automotive Collision Investigation

This course covers the elements of fraud encountered in the automotive repair industry and is designed to prepare students for employment in the fields of automotive collision repair, automotive insurance investigation, and accident reconstruction. Topics include fraud detection, investigation procedures and collection of evidence related to staged traffic accidents, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) fraud, and auto insurance fraud.

ACRP 124 - Automotive Collision Analysis

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course covers the elements of automotive collision analysis and is designed to prepare students for employment in the fields of automotive collision repair, automotive insurance investigation, and accident reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on accident causation factors, collision deformation, low speed impacts, calculation of drag factors, speed determination from crush analysis, Event Data Recorder (EDR), fault analysis, roadway debris, and human factors.

ACRP 126 - Automotive Accident Reconstruction

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Recommended Preparation: ACRP 124 - Automotive Collision Analysis

This course covers the elements of automotive collision reconstruction and is designed to prepare students for employment in the fields of automotive collision repair, automotive insurance investigation, and accident reconstruction. Emphasis is placed on photography of vehicle damage and computer modeling, measuring and documenting, skidmarks, calculation of drag factors, speed from skidmarks considering radius and critical speed scuff, determination of combined velocities, occupant dynamics, time and position analysis, force line determination and Principle Direction of Force (PDOF), conservation of momentum analysis, and Delta-V determination.

ACRP 130 - Basic Automotive Painting - Refinishing

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270               Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

In this course, students are introduced to automotive painting and refinishing and the skills needed for employment in industry. Topics covered include safety practices, industry repair standards, Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) recording, surface identification, surface preparation, abrasives, metal conditioning, vehicle masking, primers, and spray equipment.

ACRP 32 - Automotive Refinishing Materials and Equipment

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270               Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 101 or 130 or 150 or 152 with a minimum grade of C or the equivalent

This course provides instruction on the principles of automotive refinishing involving safety practices and equipment, air supply equipment, refinishing spray booth, spray equipment, undercoat materials, solvents, topcoat color systems, and paint application procedures.

ACRP 134 - Automotive Refinishing Applications

Units: 8                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 270               Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 101 or 130 or 140 and 142 or 150 and 152 with a minimum grade of C in each prerequisite course or the equivalent

This course provides instruction on the principles of automotive refinishing involving safety practices, estimating, paint additives, paint removal, plastic component refinishing, spot repair, color sanding and buffing, multi-stage finishes and paint accessories.

ACRP 136 - Introduction to Automotive Collision Estimating

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction on the theory and application of developing a written damage estimate using forms, books, guides and charts. Students will learn vehicle construction types and parts nomenclature, industry standard repair and replacement procedures, state and federal laws regarding collision repair, and how estimating fits into both the technical and business sides of operating a successful collision repair shop.

ACRP 138 - Computerized Collision Damage Estimating

Units: 3                Lecture Hours: 54              Lab Hours: 0                Outside Hours: 108
Grading Method: Letter                                 Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 136 with a minimum grade of C or equivalent

This course provides instruction on the development of computer-generated damage estimate using both Certified Collateral Corporation’s One software (CCC One) and Mitchell estimating software. Students expand their knowledge of non-structural, manual estimate writing by: examining and estimating structurally damaged vehicles that require frame straightening, structural panel replacement, vehicle sectioning, electrical and mechanical repairs, suspension alignment and wheel alignment. Students also learn how to make use of the digital documentation, work flow and business management features of the software to run an efficient and profitable repair shop.

ACRP 140 - Beginning Automotive Collision Repair I

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction in basic safety, tool identification and use, vehicle construction and parts nomenclature, basic estimating, small dent repair, plastics scratch and dent repair and the mixing and application of primer.

ACRP 142 - Beginning Automotive Collision Repair II

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction in automotive Metal Inert Gas (MIG) and Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding (STRSW) and safety, automotive metals, metal finishing, large dent repair, corrosion protection, and vehicle disassembly and reassembly.

ACRP 144 - Intermediate Automotive Collision Repair I

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction in structural plastic repair, surface and structural repair of fiberglass and composites, aluminum repair and surface treatment for refinishing, vehicle frame and structural parts nomenclature, frame and unibody damage identification and measurement, structural damage estimating, and replacement panel fitment and alignment.

ACRP 146 - Intermediate Automotive Collision Repair II

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course introduces students to frame straightening and severe collision damage using the frame rack, power post, damage dozer, hydraulic jacks and Porto-Power. hydraulic ram. Topics covered include how to section a vehicle, replace damaged unibody structural panels and prepare replaced panels for rustproofing/ refinishing.

ACRP 150 - Beginning Automotive Painting I

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction in personal safety, environmental laws, introduction to surface preparation, mixing ratios, spray booth use, spray gun adjustment, use and cleaning, priming and painting vehicle parts and panels, and color sanding and buffing.

ACRP 152 - Beginning Automotive Painting II

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction in vehicle disassembly for refinishing, surface preparation of unpainted surfaces, specialty undercoats and corrosion protection, plastics refinishing, and painting parts and complete cars.

ACRP 154 - Intermediate Automotive Refinishing I

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

In this course, students will learn refinishing repair standards and how to write an estimate for refinishing. Students will learn how to identify and correct paint flaws, choose color variants, retrieve and mix paint formulas, adjust paint for color match, and perform panel blends and spot repairs. Students will also learn how to mask panels for blending and how to refinish composite materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber.

ACRP 156 - Intermediate Automotive Refinishing II

Units: 4                Lecture Hours: 36              Lab Hours: 126                             Outside Hours: 72
Grading Method: Letter                   Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None

This course provides instruction on production painting skills and maximizing shop throughput by controlling the painting environment through spray booth controls, temperature and humidity control, paint additives and gun adjustment. Additional topics covered include spot blending and applying tri-coat paints, flat paints, truck bedliner, single stage paints and interior paints.

ACRP 95 - Cooperative Work Experience Education

Units: 2-4             Lecture Hours: 0                Lab Hours: hours to be arranged G
Grading Method:
Letter                             Credit Status: Credit, degree applicable
Transfer: CSU
Conditions of Enrollment: None
Enrollment Limitation: Employment or volunteer work in a position related to the student’s major or career goal by the second week of the semester. Completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major.

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, supervisor, and instructor, each student will work with and learn from experts in the Automotive Collision Repair/Painting field. These experiences will enable students to improve job skills, analyze career opportunities and requirements, and compare them to personal abilities and career expectations.

Note: Transfer limitations apply.
Note: The total units earned for Cooperative Work Experience Education may not exceed 16 units.

 

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