Auto Body Technology

The Auto Body course provides the student a thorough understanding of how the vehicle is constructed, the tools of the trade and their safe use, and the materials that will produce a quality repair job. In the classroom, students will first study how to repair or replace damaged sections of an auto body and then immediately apply the concept to a related project in the auto body shop. Students may also obtain part-time related employment through a cooperative education agreement. The scope of the program allows students to study at a college preparatory level as well as provide employment skills training.


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Auto Body Technology I

#27016 & 27026

Level: CP

Open to: Grades 11 & 12

Credit: 4

Prerequisite: Strong, Basic Math Skills, Positive attendance history, and the ability to read, comprehend and write at the high school level are recommended for success in this program. Able to work both independently and as part of a team. Students with respiratory ailments need medical doctor’s permission.

BHS Graduation Standards: Fine Arts credit

Description: Students should be self-motivated and able to work in a group or individually. Students will spend time each day in the classroom learning Auto Body repairs through industry recognized I-Car curriculum in the areas of body repair, power tools, hand tools, welding, surface preparation, plastic repair, and vehicle technology and then develop those skills in the shop to be able to repair automobiles to today's standards.

The First Year of this two-year program will focus on:

  • Shop Safety
  • Orientation
  • Shapes and Designs of a Vehicle
  • Body Repair Tools and Shop Equipment
  • Mig-Welding, Brazing, Shrinking
  • Minor Body Repairs
  • Exterior Trim
  • Interior Trim and Upholstery
  • Body Insulation and Sealers

Requirements

  • Must be a self directed learner
  • Basic math will be helpful to the student
  • Students with respiratory conditions will need approval by a physician

Auto Body Technology II

#27036 & 27046

Level: CP

Open to: Grade 12

Credit: 4

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Auto Body Technology I and Instructor recommended.

BHS Graduation Standards: Fine Arts credit

Description: Auto body II covers the refinishing part of the industry. Students learn proper metal treatment, priming, paint mixing, alternate colors, paint matching, paint blending, basecoat and clearcoat finishes through industry recognized I-Car curriculum. Students will spend time each day in the classroom and then further develop their body repair skills in the shop, and refinish automobiles to today's standards. Successful second year students may be placed in off site settings while earning credit and industry recognized certifications. Upon successful completion of Auto Body II students will be employable at the entry level technician or further their education in a technical college.

The Second Year course in this two-year program consists of:

  • Shop Safety
  • Orientation
  • Major Body Repair
  • Frame Repairs and Straightening
  • Refinishing–Lacquer, Acrylic, Enamel, Base Coat-Clear Coat
  • Air Brushing
  • Paint Mixing
  • Glass and Door Service
  • Automotive Electricity
  • Estimating Auto Body Repair

Requirements

  • Must be a self directed learner
  • Basic math will be helpful to the student
  • Students with respiratory conditions will need approval by a physician

Eric Wales

ewales@biddefordschools.me

Auto Body Technology Instructor

Mr Wales is ASE and I-Car certified. He is a State of Maine, Department of Education certified Auto Body Technology Instructor. He attended the University of Southern Maine’s Applied Technology program and is currently enrolled in the Career and Technical Education program at Eastern Maine Community College.