Associate in Occupational Studies Degree, Career Program
The Associate in Occupational Studies degree program is for students who have a keen interest in the construction of the automobile. Welding, refinishing and frame repairs are strongly emphasized with a goal of returning a damaged automobile back to factory specifications. Students may specialize or seek a comprehensive course of auto body study. Students will learn how to make repairs on any make automobile or material. They will be able to refinish any material applying the latest auto body procedures and refinishing products. Students will have various career opportunities with titles that include: auto body repairer, auto body electrician, auto body mechanic, collision technician, welder, frame man, industrial welder, assembler, industrial painter, automotive painter, paint mixer, auto glass installer, job estimator or damage appraiser.
Students admitted to the Auto Body program are required to meet with an auto body advisor each semester to plan their program of study. Space is limited in these classes so preference is given to auto body and automotive matriculated students who are prepared to enter MATH 1230 and ENGL 1010 or higher. Students will be required to attend an advisory session, sign a student code of conduct and maintain a valid driver's license. All students are required to own and supply their own approved hand tools; proof of tool ownership is a requirement for final acceptance into the program (proof of purchase will be accepted.) Students will be able to purchase these tools at a discount. Prior to and during attendance student must have and maintain a valid driver's license.
High School or equivalent preparation required. While not specific program requirements, in order to graduate from this program students must demonstrate the writing skills necessary to enter ENGL 1010, College Composition I and the math skills necessary to enter MATH 1230, Elements of Applied Mathematics I. Based on assessment, students may need to successfully complete ENGL 0960, Basic Writing Skills and MATH 1015 Introductory Algebra to fulfill the graduation requirement. It is essential to discuss this with an advisor.