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  • CTE Center Instructor:
    Chris Pfaff

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    Collision Repair Students Receive Money for College
    Envisioning a Future in Collision Repair

    In the world of Collision Repair, employers look for people who have strong communication and analytical skills and prefer those who have completed formal training. Most auto repairers work on teams to complete complex repairs. Most repair specialists often work longer than 40 hours a week. It is important that workers keep up on the latest trends, materials use and techniques. Collision repair specialists fix or replace damaged vehicle body parts and frames. They heat and press most plastic body panels back into place, fill or pop out dents, cut, grind and file using fillers to create original body shapes and straighten body parts. They use special machines to adjust bent frames as well as, handle basic mechanical repairs. Some specialize in specific repairs such as fiberglass car bodies. Those who work in small shops also inspect damages and write up repair cost estimates. Auto repairers use a computer program to compare where the vehicle body should be, to any differences from damages that may exist. These details begin the process as to what needs to be done. Once the dents are taken out, the sheet metal is smoothed out to be arrow dynamic and watertight. Next comes priming, painting and reassembly so the end results are obvious and appreciated by the customer. People in the business, often share that it is very satisfactory to take a damaged vehicle, trouble shoot the repair, do a quality repair job--a buffed and beautiful vehicle.

Collision Repair Pathway

  • The West Ada Career Technical Education (CTE) Collision Repair Pathway taught at the CTE Center - Meridian Campus, was opened in school year 2011-12. The large open lab was equiped with cutting edge industry standard equipment, including environmentally sound water-based paints and booths, and state-of-art exhaust and flush systems. Students engage in a A-Z repairs on 'practice" salvaged vehicles that are donated and eventually will be crushed. Advanced students receive extensive safety training, learn to handle hazardous materials plus, master panel replacement, painting and refinishing, thermoplastic, fiberglass repair and estimating skills.

    CTE Center - Meridian Campus Classes:

    Collision Repair I - a one credit, semester class. Those who travel to the CTE Center shoudl expect to take another CTE "package" class to create a half-day schedule.

    Collision Repair II (year-long class)

    Collision Repair III (year-long class)  For interested students who want to apply and be interviewed, if selected, they are given an opportunity to do an externship with one of two Treasure Valley Collision Centers.

    Also available - Pathway Brochures


    For complete details, see the CTE Magnet Program section of the most current edition of the Course Description Handbook. 

girl student welding a repair part