Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Connecticut Technical High School System's Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing

Grade 10

3 Credits
Basic Collision Repair

Grade 11

3 Credits
Collision Component Repair

Grade 12

3 Credits
Advanced Collision Repair

Course Descriptions

Exploratory and Introduction to Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing (CR110) (3 credits)
All Grade 9 students go through the Exploratory Program. Students deciding to enter the field of Automotive Collision Repair and Refinishing will be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students are introduced to a variety of collision repair and refinishing practices, such as metal cutting, straightening and welding. Bolt-on replacement panel installation and panel alignment is introduced and practiced. Students are instructed in hand tools and their use, abrasives and their applications and fastener identification. Students are introduced to refinishing techniques and are guided through planned activities and projects to determine skill and ability. Students learn of the extensive variety of careers available within the collision, repair and refinishing industry. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Basic Collision Repair (CR210) (3 credits)
In Grade 10, students examine the many types of contemporary vehicle construction. Repair strategies are formulated based on vehicle construction to provide safe, quality, permanent repairs. Students are instructed in and practice repair procedures for minor damage on actual vehicle parts. Fastener applications are examined. Cutting, welding and shaping of various metals are taught and practiced along with panel straightening. Appropriate use of body filler application, shaping and finishing is taught and demonstrated. Students practice body filler application and finishing on actual vehicle parts. Compressed air systems and the components are investigated. The many processes of painting and refinishing are introduced and demonstrated with primers, base coats and finish coats. Masking is introduced and practiced. Students continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Collision Component Repair (CR310) (3 credits)
In Grade 11, instruction in painting and refinishing is expanded. Complete vehicle refinishing is introduced and practiced with advanced masking. Students apply multistage coatings. Plastic component repair and advanced abrasives are covered. Fixed and movable glass replacement is taught and practiced as is computer estimating. The students will perform in-school auto repair work for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students continue to be introduced to the basics of safety, as well as equipment identification and use. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Technology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Advanced Collision Repair (CR410) (3 credits)
In Grade 12, perimeter, box and unibody frame measurement and damage determination and repair are taught, demonstrated and practiced. Frame measuring and measuring systems are introduced and practiced. Students diagnose and repair steering and suspension systems. Weld-on and bonded panel installation is demonstrated and practiced. Collision shop business management and customer service are introduced and discussed. Students continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. The students will perform in-school auto repair for customers as it relates to the curriculum. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application and interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-Based Learning (WBL). Each senior will take several Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Student Certification exams, an industry recognized assessmentTechnology-related mathematics, reading, writing, vocabulary, blueprint reading and science are integrated throughout the curriculum.

Students’ at all four grade levels will be exposed to training materials and assessments from I-CAR (the Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair). I-CAR is the industry recognized association that delivers continuing education to collision repair professionals in the field. Students will earn real I-CAR credentials that will demonstrate the skills they have acquired in their Collision Repair program at a Connecticut technical high school

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year or a four-year degree in the area of automotive or mechanical engineering or other related fields. Students electing to immediately enter the workforce typically acquire positions as collision repair technicians in independent collision repair facilities or new/used vehicle dealerships. Damage estimating and vehicle appraisal are fields in which many graduates find employment. Additional employment in manufacturing or production facilities requiring painted or coated finished products is also a viable employment option.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's Sophomore Christina Thompson was selected as a finalist for UCONN's Connecticut Writing Project. Her original fiction piece entitled "Dream Life" received an honorable mention award and a listing in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine (CSW).  Learn more

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward
The One-Read committee, which consists of students from grades 9-12 as well as Social Studies and English teachers, at Bullard-Havens promoted kindness, unity, and acceptance school-wide after reading the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Student and teacher committee members read the book, participated in a filmed book discussion, and came up with ways to promote the book and its themes that would include the entire school.  Learn more

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll
Mrs. Alecia Walkuski, English and Language Arts Lab Teacher at Vinal Technical High School, earned this distinction by guiding effective implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Accelerated Reader engages K–12 students in independent reading practice at the unique levels K–12 students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards.  Learn more

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program
On May 11, 2017, a dinner and awards program will be held at Abbott Tech to recognize the Class of 2017 Electrical Seniors. Last year's event featured a guest speaker and program on "Indoor and Outdoor L.E.D. Lighting Products and Applications from RAB Lighting."  Learn more

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!
Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships
Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition
Prince Tech Engineering students took third place in their first showing in the Real World Design Challenge.  Learn more

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition
Daria Stifel became the first female to win gold in the SkillsUSA Electrical Engineering competition!  Learn more

Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more