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ABDY - Auto Body

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ABDY 111 Introduction to Auto Body Repair

5 cr.  (2 lec/6 lab/wk) (F)

Covers the basic methods and techniques used in the repair of non-structurally damaged automobile sheet metal panels, the use and care of basic hand tools, identifying metal composition, automobile body construction, set up and use of a metal inert gas (MIG) and resistance welding equipment.


ABDY 112 Minor Collision Repair

6 cr.  (2 lec/6 shop/wk)  Prerequisite:  ABDY 111. (F)

Covers training in removal, replacement, and alignment of various panels and parts, including glass.  Diagnosis and correcting body component malfunctions.  Advanced training in panel repair, damage analysis and estimating using manuals and computer software programs.


ABDY 121 Automobile Body Structural Repair

6 cr.  (2 lec/6 shop/wk)  Prerequisite:  ABDY 111. (Sp)

Covers the inspection, measurements, and repair of automobile bodies.  Methods and techniques recommended by the manufacturers are studied and utilized.  Tasks and procedures which are promoted by ASE and I-CAR programs are incorporated into the training.  Repair of plastic body parts as recommended by manufacturers is practiced.


ABDY 122 Automobile Collision Mechanics

5 cr.  (2 lec/6 lab/wk) (Sp)

Includes the removal, replacement, and service of mechanical and electrical components in repairing collision damaged automobiles.  Components include suspension, steering, brakes, drive train, cooling system, fuel system and restraint system.


ABDY 131 Introduction to Refinishing Principles

6 cr.  (3 lec/6 lab/wk) (Sp)

Provides the student with entry level training in job safety, refinishing basic application techniques, tools and equipment, and the skills necessary to prepare a vehicle for the refinishing process.

ABDY 132 Introduction to Automotive Undercoats and Plastics

6 cr.  (2 lec/4 lab/6 shop/wk)  Prerequisite:  ABDY 131. (Sp)

Provides the student with entry level access to knowledge in automotive refinishing undercoats:  types, specific usages, and application.  The course also provides the student with automotive plastic identifications, alternate repair procedures, and refinishing.


ABDY 141 Advanced Automotive Refinishing

6 cr.  (2 lec/4 lab/6 shop/wk)  Prerequisites:  ABDY 131 and ABDY 132. (F)

Provides the student with training in application and paint makeup of current automotive finishes.  Causes and the possible cures of surface defects and the art of finesse polishing are also studied.  The student is exposed to the latest techniques in duplicating original factory paint finishes.


ABDY 142 Introduction to Automotive Paint Blending and Color Matching

7 cr.  (3 lec/2 lab/6 shop/wk)  Prerequisites:  ABDY 131, ABDY 132 and ABDY 141. (F)

Develops mental and optical skills in the art of color matching.  Alternate processes in spot repairing solid, metallic, and MICA finishes are also covered.  Skills in equipment adjustment and techniques provide for blendable repair procedures.


ABDY 292 Seminar

V1-3 cr.

Provides students an opportunity to investigate intensively topics pertinent to the field of automobile collision repair and refinishing technology.


ABDY 293 Workshop

V1-3 cr.

Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of automobile collision repair and refinishing.


ABDY 296 Cooperative Education/Internship

V1-9 cr. (45 hours/credit)

Provides university credit for a sophomore work experience in the area of Automobile Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology, supervised by faculty.  Learning agreement must be completed prior to registration (restricted).