The AUTO COLLISION TECHNOLOGY program at Franklin Tech is designed to teach all major aspects of the Auto Collision Industry processes as set by I-CAR (International Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) as well as to refine skills needed to be successful in the Collision field and related work areas. The program is a two-year, one-half day program. Whether students go to work or choose to further their education, they will excel because of the knowledge and skills they have obtained in Auto Collision Technology.
What will I learn?
Our program covers the latest topics including:
• Lighting systems
• Vehicle structural repair
• Bumper replacement
• Plastic panel replacement
• Electrical repairs
• Frame body and unibody construction
• Engine systems
• Refinishing procedures
• Exterior molding and trim repair
• Fiberglass panel repair
• Interior repair
• Auto body welding
• Steering and suspension systems
• Sheet metal repair
• Estimate reports
• Tools and equipment training
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the job outlook for the Auto Collision field should grow by 9%, a faster than average growth. The 2015 average national pay was an annual salary of $39,880 and more for those that operated their own business.
Students completing the Auto Collision Technology program may earn the I-Car industry certifications in Pro Level I - Nonstructural repair and Pro Level I - Painting and Refinishing.
High School students completing a program at FTC receive FREE tuition and training materials. Students also take their program certification test at no cost to them.
Students completing a program at FTC have the opportunity to earn academic credits along with their program training. Students in Joplin High School and Sarcoxie High School participate in the embedded credit option. In Auto Collision Technology you can earn a full credit for Technical Math and Applied Communications upon completion of the two-year program and successful completion of assignments for the embedded credit courses. Students earn a grade in the courses and they are transcripted.
Membership in a Student Organization
Going a step further in rounding out their education, FTC students are encouraged to join a national student organization, SkillsUSA. The members of this organization practice teamwork, leadership and problem-solving. Members have may hold offices and participate in local, district, state, and national contests.
Dual Credit Option
The Dual Credit Program allows high school students to enroll in and receive both high school and college credit during normal class hours. Participation in the dual credit program enables students to get a “head start” on their college career as well as prepare for the challenges of college courses. Credits earned under these programs will be applied towards a degree at Crowder College and are generally transferable to other colleges and universities. Students must meet eligibility requirements to participate in the program.