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ABDY - Auto Body

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ABDY 101 Introduction to Estimating

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  (F)

Understand the basics of writing estimates using both hand written and computer based estimating systems.  Learn techniques for estimating repair times as well as the estimating abbreviations and terminology.

 

ABDY 110 Introduction to Collision Repair

4 cr.  (2 lec/4 lab/wk)  (F)

Identify the names of all the body panels and how to remove them.  Students will learn what types of fasteners are used on modern vehicles as well as how to align the various body panels.

 

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 120 Non-Structural Collision Repair

6 cr.  (2 lec/8 lab/wk)  (F)

Demonstrate how to remove damage from panels involved in minor collisions.  Teaches metal-straightening techniques as well as how to repair plastics and the proper use of body fillers.  Students will learn some basic paintless dent repair procedures.

 

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 150 Refinish Safety

2 cr.  (2 lec/wk)  (F)

Explains the hazards in the refinish facility and how to avoid them.  Teaches proper handling of the various chemicals present in the refinish facility and proper equipment maintenance.

 

ABDY 160 Automotive Undercoats

4 cr.  (2 lec/4 lab/wk)  (F)

Teaches how to prepare a vehicle for paint using various types of primers and other undercoats used on modern vehicles.

 

ABDY 170 Automotive Topcoats

6 cr.  (2 lec/8 lab/wk)  (F)

Understand the various types of topcoats applied to modern vehicles.  Learn proper techniques for spraying everything from industrial single stage paint to base-coat/clear-coat.  Learn how to spray metallic and pearl paints as well as how to identify the type of paint and location of the paint code.

 

ABDY 201 Advanced Estimating

1 cr.  (1 lec/wk)  (Sp)

Provides instruction on advanced estimating techniques such as researching factory procedures to repair a vehicle properly.  Offers negotiation strategies when working with insurance companies.

 

ABDY 220 Structural Collision Repair

6 cr.  (2 lec/8 lab/wk)  (Sp)

Demonstrates how to repair major collision damage and determine the integrity of the structure.  Explores frame and unibody straightening techniques as well as structural panel replacement.

 

ABDY 240 Aluminum Repair

4 cr.  (2 lec/4 lab/wk)  (Sp)

Applies proper techniques for repairing aluminum that has been damaged in a collision.  Teaches how to weld aluminum as well as distinguish the differences between aluminum and steel.

 

ABDY 270 Advanced Refinishing

6 cr.  (2 lec/8 lab/wk)  (Sp)

Develops the understanding of automotive topcoats by teaching color-blending techniques.  Students will also learn how to spray three-stage paints as well as how and when to tint.

 

ABDY 275 Waterborne Paint Systems

3 cr.  (1 lec/4 lab/wk)  (Sp)

Differentiates between waterborne paint and solvent-based paint.  Teaches blending techniques specific to waterborne paint and various aspects of the different systems.

 

ABDY 280 Custom Painting

5 cr.  (2 lec/6 lab/wk)  (Sp)

Applies custom painting techniques on vehicles.  Introduces airbrush techniques, proper use of candy paints, and other custom finishes.

 

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. (P/NP) (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).