What Our Students Learn
- File, grind, sand, and smooth filled or repair surfaces
- Inspect repaired vehicles
- Fit and weld replacement parts into place
- Use of wrenches, welding equipment, power grinders, and other tools
- Entry-level salaries start at $33,000 and up
- The median salary is $60,000
- Experienced employees earn $103,000+
- Students spend 50% of their time learning concepts in a classroom, and 50% of their time in the shop with hands-on practical work
- Students gain experience in a simulated shop environment with industry-grade equipment
- Enrollment options are available for both high school students and post-secondary students
- 1 year of classes
Refinishing Technician Certification (25 Credits)
All credits earned at Pickens technical college are recognized by the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), and are eligible for transfer to other colleges within the state of Colorado.
Designed as an orientation to the automotive collision repair industry. Students receive an overview of job possibilities as well as learn various types of automobile construction. Names, uses, and maintenance procedures for a variety of tools and equipment are covered. Focuses on general collision repair and refinishing shop safety procedures with an emphasis on personal and environmental safety issues. Students also learn the proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials.
Covers sheet metal oxygen-acetylene welding and MIG welding techniques including safety, materials, equipment and setups. Personal and vehicle protective measures prior to welding procedures are presented.
This course covers the basic characteristics of preparation for automotive repair. Students familiarize themselves with damage analysis, extent of damage, and the sequence of repair. It focuses on removal of vehicle components and protection of panels along with storage and labeling of parts. Safety procedures and equipment use are included.
Covers straightening techniques including tension pulls/stress relief, metal finishing, metal shrinking, and use of fillers. Emphasizes the identification, handling, and replacement of parts such as adjustment and alignment of bolt-on parts, fixed parts, and accessories. Training covers the use of adhesives, sound deadeners, and welding methods performed during repairs.
Covers metal finishing, metal shrinking, and the use of cosmetic fillers. Emphasis is placed on the use of proper tools required to perform these tasks, including use, selection, and safety procedures for tools and equipment selected.
Designed to teach state-of-the-art repair for both rigid and flexible plastic components and choosing adhesives using the latest manufacturer’s repair techniques.
This course is designed to prepare the student to perform basic tasks or a specialized area in a controlled instructional lab.
This course covers MIG welding procedures of seam weld, stitch welds, and destructive testing. Resistance spot welding, which includes two-sided spot weld, plasma cutting, safety, materials, and equipment and operating procedures, with emphasis on shop safety are also presented.