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Automotive Trades: Autobody Repair

Automotive Trades: Autobody Repair

The Automotive Trades: Autobody Repair Program prepares students for employment in the automotive industry. Students may study full- or part-time for an Associate Degree in Applied Science day or part-time evening.

The curriculum includes the study of theory as well as practical applications of theory. Students enrolling full-or part-time in the A.A.S. Program take their laboratory work in a fully equipped, up-to-date facility at the South Campus.To be admitted to the program, a student needs to follow the application procedures described in this catalog. Each student must have his/her own basic tool kit and will be admitted to laboratory classes only upon satisfying minimum tool requirements. The approximate cost of the tools is $1,000-$1,200. A list of the necessary tools will be available to the students during the first week of classes.

Graduates of the Autobody Repair Program will be eligible for advanced degree training and positions as body technicians, painting technicians, body shop managers, collision estimators, and auto appraisers. Graduates will also be eligible for I-CAR Gold Points.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree in the field of Automotive Trades: Autobody Repair, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate appropriate methods of estimating and developing repair orders/invoices;
  • demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills;
  • demonstrate universal measuring devices, as well as dedicated fixtures;
  • demonstrate proper use of tools;
  • properly use various welding techniques;
  • demonstrate different methods of frame-straightening;
  • demonstrate the application of multiple painting procedures; and 
  • interpret manufacturer’s specifications and perform prescribed procedures from manuals for diagnosis and repair of charging, starting, electrical, and accessory systems; struts, torsion bars, leaf and coil spring suspension systems; air conditioning and heating systems; brake systems and hydraulics, including automatic braking systems.


Total Degree Credits: 63.0

First Year, Fall Semester
AB 130 - Introduction to Autobody Repair Credit Hours: 2
AB 140 - Detailing Credit Hours: 2
AB 150 - Autobody Skills I Credit Hours: 2
AB 151 - Autobody Skills I Lab Credit Hours: 2
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
MT 112 - Survey of Mathematics Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
AB 210 - Autobody Skills II Credit Hours: 2
AB 211 - Autobody Skills II Lab Credit Hours: 3
AB 232 - Body Welding Credit Hours: 2
AB 233 - Body Welding Lab Credit Hours: 2
AU 130 - Suspension, Alignment and Brakes Credit Hours: 2
AU 131 - Lab for Suspension, Alignment and Brakes Credit Hours: 2
Natural Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
AB 240 - Refinishing Credit Hours: 2
AB 241 - Refinishing Lab Credit Hours: 3
AB 242 - Estimating & Shop Management Credit Hours: 3
AU 160 - Automotive Electrical Credit Hours: 2
AU 161 - Lab for Automotive Electrical Credit Hours: 2
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
SUNY General Ed. Social Science/Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
AB 230 - Frame & Unibody Construction & Repair Credit Hours: 2
AB 231 - Frame & Unibody Construction & Repair Lab Credit Hours: 3
AU 270 - Air Conditioning and Heating Credit Hours: 2
AU 271 - Lab for Automotive Air Conditioning and Heating Credit Hours: 2 
SUNY General Ed. Elective Credit Hours: 3
SUNY General Ed. Elective Credit Hours: 3

Note: This is a recommended sequence. Students should consult their academic adviser prior to registering.

Available At:

South Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:


Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Math I
1 Year Science (Chemistry or Physics)

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Autobody Repair Shops
Auto Insurance Estimating Centers

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Engineering & Technologies
Automotive Trades-Autobody Repair

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Automotive Trades: Autobody Repair

Richard DiPronio
South Campus
Room 2222C
4041 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127
P: (716) 851-1768