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2021-2022 Course Catalog 
2021-2022 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Auto Collision Technology, AAS

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The Auto Collision Technology program is designed to prepare students for employment in the highly technological auto collision industry and to update those already employed.

The Auto Collision diploma option prepares graduates for entry into auto collision jobs related to paint, refinishing and major structural repairs.

In addition, individual courses may be taken to satisfy one who wants only specific segments of the complete program.

For more information about the Auto Collision Technology program, please visit our website at https://www.dmacc.edu/programs/automotive/autocollision/Pages/welcome.aspx.

Program Details

Location: Ankeny

Students start Fall or Spring semester

Graduation Requirements

To earn an Automotive Collision Technology diploma or AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Semester 4

Semester 6

Total Credits Required to Complete the AAS Degree - 75

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$174.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5



Books (approximate) 450     550 600 100
Equipment-Tools (approximate) 3,000-4,000          

Approximate total for program: $17,750-18,750**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Use special machines to straighten and align damaged frames and body sections.
  • Remove damaged sections of body panels with plasma arc cutting, die grinder, or various metal cutting saws and weld in new sections.
  • Prepare vehicle for spot refinishing; partial and/or entire body repainting.
  • Repair and care for automotive tools and equipment.
  • Remove and replace electrical and electronic wire connections and mechanical devices from metal portions of car (degree option only).
  • Make damage estimations.
  • Work with various types of substrates.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Visualize and create a three-dimensional object from a flat object.
  • Work independently of supervisor.
  • Possess good eye/hand coordination for effective use of hand tools.
  • Do detail work with precision.
  • Must plan a work schedule in a detailed, organized and sequential order.
  • Must possess physical stamina to perform the work.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

  • Sensitivity to the fumes of paint, lacquers, etc., must be considered.
  • Physical conditioning is important; you must be able to lift up to 50 lbs., climb, stoop, kneel, crouch, reach, handle, push and pull.
  • Advancement in career opportunities can be achieved in certain areas such as custom painting or in owning your own  business.
  • Color blindness could be a handicap.
  • Student must provide own hand tools (refer to tool list).
  • Average anticipated starting salary, Diploma: $21,840; A.A.S. Degree: $24,446 (2010-2011 Placement Report).

Program Competencies

  1. Demonstrate the basic skills and industry requirements of listening, writing, computing, problem-solving, interpersonal relationships, and leadership with customers, co-workers, and supervisors.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to properly use and operate state of the art auto collision repair equipment and tools to properly straighten, repair, and/or replace the fame, body, and electrical components on the late model vehicles. 
  3. Prepare accurate and complete damage estimations.
  4. Evaluate suspension and brakes using computerized wheel alignment equipment and precision measuring tools. 
  5. Repair vehicle systems according to industry and vehicle manufacturer specifications and standards.
  6. Evaluate vehicle systems using manufacturers published diagnostics.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at https://www.dmacc.edu/admissions/Pages/checklist.aspx. (2021)

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