What Our Students Learn
- Dispose of hazardous waste in an appropriate manner
- Hold or position spray guns to direct the spray onto articles
- Apply primers and decorative or finish coatings
- Monitor painting operations to identify and correct autobody flaws
- Disassemble, clean, and reassemble industry equipment
- Entry-level salaries start at $34,000 and up
- The median salary is $47,000
- Experienced employees earn $75,000+
- 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.
This course covers door glass, vent windows, and glass mechanisms (both electric and mechanical) with an emphasis on removal and replacement. In addition, interior trim panels, seats, and headliners are removed and replaced. Student learns proper care and treatment of vehicle seat protectors plus the proper use of tools required to perform these tasks.
This course covers the correct use of safety procedures used in refinishing. Proper fit and use of various types of protective equipment are emphasized. The identification of tools and equipment, with use and maintenance, is covered including national guidelines for proper disposal and handling of hazardous materials.
This course covers surface preparation for refinishing including cleaning, sanding, feather edging, chemical treatment of bare materials, and priming. The application of primers, including rationale and use, is covered. In addition, the student learns skills for proper removal and storage of exterior trim and protection of adjacent panels.
This course covers inspection, cleaning, and determination of the condition of spray guns and related equipment. Students learn skills for adjusting spray guns by setting up and testing spray gun operations.
Provides the knowledge needed for the application and use of automotive paint systems. Course includes locating color codes, mixing formulas, matching, and selections of materials. Proper paint gun use and adjustments are taught for the product being applied. In addition, the student practices correct masking and detailing techniques.
This course covers paint defects. Emphasizes the causes of paint defects with methods to cure problems during and after refinishing procedures. Students learn to identify the proper surface preparations to apply prior to refinishing. Training includes using paint equipment and determining paint film thickness with proper temperatures for refinishing.
This course emphasizes surface preparation for refinishing including cleaning, sanding, feather edging, chemical treatment of bare metals, and priming. The application of primers, including why and where to use them is covered.
This course emphasizes surface preparation for refinishing including cleaning, sanding, feather edging, chemical treatment of bare metals, and priming. The application of primers, including why and where to use them is covered in this course.
This course focuses on the detailing procedures in paint refinishing of vehicles. Methods and techniques are specialized to enhance painting skills. Transfers and tape methods with decals etc. are demonstrated.
Course is a continuation of Lab experience. Designed to prepare the individual to perform basic tasks for a specialized area in a controlled instructional lab.