Career Major - Refinishing Technician

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Refinishing Technician - Alva Campus
Students in the Refinishing Techncian career major will learn how to perform vehicle refinishing which will include both complete and partial vehicle refinishing. Students will learn about handling, storage and disposal of hazardous materials and selecting proper personal protective equipment and maintenance. Students will cover preparation of a vehicle for refinishing; mixing and applying refinish material as well as adjust paint colors.  They will learn how to remove and install handles, locks, molding and trim, the proper techniques for sanding, proper use of a spray-gun, sealers and top-coats, color matching and adjustment and masking techniques that are used for blending. In addition, they will also learn how to determine the cause and corrective action for refinishing defects and failures. Interior/exterior detailing will also be covered. The hours completed in this major are aligned with ASE/NATEF standards, and ASE certification is recommended and industry recognized.

Career Major Length: 510 hours

SOC Code: 49.3021
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Introduction to Collision Repair Technology 45
Automotive Detailing 60
Refinish Blending and Painting Defects 45
Refinish Color Adjustment 75
Refinish Application 120
Refinish Preparation 105
Auto Collision Trim and Hardware 30
Workforce Staging 30

Campus Location
: Alva

Financial Aid Eligible: No.

Who Can Enroll: High School Juniors and Seniors & Adults

Student Organization: SkillsUSA

Tuition and Materials Use Fees:
Full-time in-district adult tuition - $1,020
Full-time out-of-district adult - $2,040
Full-time materials use fees - $255

Salary Range: $16.06/hour

Helpful Attributes and Abilities:

  • Reading, language and math skills at the 8th grade level or above
  • Good health and physical condition
  • Good eye-hand coordination
  • Ability to think critically and logically
  • Ability to organize one's work
  • Sheet metal/welding, wood shop, industrial art and mechanical ability
  • Ability to organize movements around and under automobiles
  • Ability to mentally plan collision repair
  • Ability to understand theory and technical information
  • Ability to read and comprehend textbook and shop manual
  • Ability to complete basic math problems
  • Ability to lift heavy objects and stand/work on your feet for extended periods of time

Cluster: Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

Pathway: Automotive Collision Repair

Instructor:: Mr. Jeff Owen

Instructor Website:

Updated on 6/9/15