Crowder currently does not offer either a degree or certificate in Collision Repair at the college level, but does provide two 3-hour courses as a part of the Automotive curriculum. These two courses, AUTO 103 (Principles of Auto Body Repair) and AUTO 203 (Advanced Auto Body Repair) allow those in the community interested in acquiring basic collision repair skills the opportunity to do so. These courses are typically scheduled during the evening hours so that those working other jobs can readily participate. Both courses can be scheduled on either a once per week, 16-week schedule, or a twice per week, 8-week schedule, depending upon the needs of the participating students. Upon request, students completing either or both of these courses will receive a “certificate of completion” documenting their successful completion of the course.
As noted in the college catalog, the first course, AUTO 103, focuses on the basic theory and practice of tools and materials used in the trade. Skills addressed include welding, grinding, sanding, filler application, and minor metal repair. Sessions covering estimating, priming and painting are also included. AUTO 203 serves as a continuation of the introductory material covered in the first course but also moves the student along to more major repairs involving glass/trim, mechanical systems, and frame/unibody repair and alignment. Students desiring additional training beyond AUTO 103 and 203 can be accommodated by scheduling special AUTO Topics courses as required.