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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
2017-2018 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

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

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.

Total Credits Required to Complete the AAS Degree - 75

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$151.00 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)    105    55  55  65  65
Equipment-Tools (approximate) 3,100-4,300        

Approximate total for program: $14,770-$15,970**

**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).

Nondiscrimination Statement

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture, National & Environmental Services /Architecture, Engineering, and Construction/Arts, Design, and Visual communications/Business, Management, and Marketing/Education, Public, and Human Services/Health Science/Hospitality and Culinary/Information Technology/Manufacturing/Transportation & Logistics

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, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (in employment), disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status of a person. 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, sgbittner@dmacc.edu.  Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA  50023, phone 515/964-6574, dkmckittrick@dmacc.edu.  Question or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661, phone 312/730-1560, tax 312/730-1576..

Legal references: Iowa Code §§ 216.6 and 216.9, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S. C. §§ 2000d and 2000e), the Equal Pay Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. § 206, et seq.), Title IX (Educational Amendments, 20 U.S. C. §§ 1681-1688), Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S. C. § 794), and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. § 12101, et seq.).(2017)

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