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Courses Offered

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1A
Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair
8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

The 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, vehicle construction, gas welding and brazing, hot shrinking, hammer forging, grinding, metal finishing, body solder, plastic filler, and primer.

Note: The two-course sequence of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1A and 1B is the same as 4abcd. Students who have completed two semesters of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 4abcd will not receive credit for 1A.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1B
Collision Repair Equipment and Welding Techniques

8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/ Painting 1A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

The course provides instruction on collision repair equipment and welding techniques involving: safety practices, arc and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, resistance welding, vehicle collision analysis and theory, hydraulic jacks, collision repair equipment, and body component alignment principles.

Note: Two-course sequence Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1A and 1B same as 4abcd.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1C
Major Collision Analysis and Repair

8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/ Painting 1A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

The course provides instruction on major collision analysis and repair involving: safety practices, major collision repair, sectioning, suspensions, front end alignment, estimating and electric welding.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1D
Automotive Component Systems Analysis and Repair
8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/ Painting 1A with a minimum grade of C
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

The course provides instruction on the principles of Automotive Collision Repair/ Painting involving: safety practices, window glass, plastics, vinyl tops, electric circuits, cooling systems, air conditioning, upholstery and electric welding.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 2A
Basic Automotive Painting - Refinishing
8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

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, VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) recording, surface identification, surface preparation, abrasives, metal conditioning, vehicle masking, primers, and spray equipment.

Note: The two-course sequence of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 2A and 2B is the same as Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 5abcd.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 2B
Automotive Refinishing Materials and Equipment
8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab
Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/ Painting 1A or 2A or one semester of 4abcd or 5abcd with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

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, top coat color systems, and paint application procedures.

Note: The two-course sequence of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 2A and 2B is the same as Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 5abcd.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 2C
Automotive Refinishing Applications

8 units; 3 hours lecture, 15 hours lab
Prerequisite: Automotive Collision Repair/ Painting 1A or 2A or one semester of 4abcd or 5abcd with a minimum grade of C in prerequisite or equivalent
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction on 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.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 3A
Introduction to Automotive Collision Estimating

1 unit; 1 hour lecture
Recommended Preparation: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1A or 2A or one semester of 4abcd or 5abcd or equivalent; eligibility for English 84 Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction on the theory and application of developing a written damage estimate using forms, books, guides and charts.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 4abcd
Automotive Collision Repair: Collision Damage

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 7 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction on the principles of automotive collision repair/ painting involving safety practices, oxyacetylene welding and brazing, electric welding, vehicle construction, metal working, grinding, plastic and solder filling, hydraulic body jacks, structural repairs, masking, and primer and spot painting.

Note: Four semesters of this course are the same as the two-course sequence of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 1A and 1B.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 5abcd
Automotive Collision Repair: Painting

4 units; 2 hours lecture, 7 hours lab
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction on the principles of automotive collision repair/ painting involving safety practices, oxyacetylene welding and brazing, plastic and solder filling, vehicle construction and identification, plastic parts, estimating, surface preparation, vehicle masking, primer, paint removal, paint additives, painting equipment, spot painting and complete refinishing.

Note: Four semesters of this course are the same as the two-course sequence of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 2A and 2B.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 6abcd
Automotive Collision Repair Applications

3 units; 6 hours lecture, 10 hours lab (6 weeks course)
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

This course provides instruction on the principles of automotive collision repair and painting involving: safety practices, vehicle construction gas and Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding, sheet metal repair, High Volume Low Pressure (HVLP) guns, undercoat materials and complete painting.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 20
Automotive Collision Investigation

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

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 skid-marks, the coefficient of friction, and speed from skid formulas.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 22
Automotive Repair Fraud

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

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 covered include staged traffic accidents, Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) swapping, title washing, VIN cloning, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), automotive insurance industry, fraud detection and investigation procedures, collection of evidence, witness marks and material transfer, identification and implications of prior damage, vehicle crush analysis, traffic accident photography, vehicle lamp analysis, and vehicle fires.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 24
Automotive Collision Analysis

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 20 Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

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), failure analysis, roadway debris, and human factors.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 26
Automotive Accident Reconstruction

3 units; 3 hours lecture
Recommended Preparation: Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 20 or 24 Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU

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 skid marks, calculation of drag factors, speed from skid marks 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.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 50
Special Topics in Automotive Collision Repair/Painting

Units determined by individual course; lecture/lab hours determined by individual course
Credit status determined by individual course

This course is designed to explore topics in Automotive Collision Repair/Painting more specific than provided in other courses in the regular departmental curriculum. Students are referred to the current schedule of classes for details of specific courses.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 95abcd
Cooperative Career Education

2-4 units; hours to be arranged

Enrollment Limitation:

Parallel Plan (Work and Attend School at the Same Time): Enrollment in a minimum of seven units, including Cooperative Career Education; employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester; completion of or current enrollment in one course from the major

Alternate Plan (Work and Attend School Alternately): Successful completion of one semester at El Camino College including one course from the major before initial enrollment in plan; enrollment limited to one other class during the semester; employment in a job related to the major or career goal by the third week of the semester; successful completion of at least seven units of other class work at El Camino before re-enrolling in plan Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

Through a set of learning objectives established by the student, employer, 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 these to personal potential and expectations.

Note: The maximum total units earned for CCE under both plans may not exceed 16 units.

 

Automotive Collision Repair/Painting 99abc
Independent Study
1-3 units; hours to be arranged

Enrollment Limitation: two courses in Automotive Collision Repair/Painting with a minimum grade of B in each and acknowledgment by the instructor with whom the student will work
Credit, degree applicable
Transfer CSU - limitations apply

This course provides special advanced studies in a subject field of Automotive Collision Repair/Painting not covered in the regular departmental offerings. Regular conferences with the instructor are coordinated with assigned Automotive Collision Repair/Painting projects (60 hours per unit).

Note: Refer to the College Catalog for eligibility requirements.

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