AUTOC - 12-14-16Accidents happen, and when they do, repair work needs to be completed at a level greater than any routine maintenance. Students in the Automotive Collision program at CPAVTS learn the ins and outs of repairing extensive structural damage done to vehicles, and the field is stronger than ever—particularly in Central PA. These are just some of the tools and equipment students are required to master as part of their studies:

  •          PPG Mixing System – A machine that allows for mixing any color that comes off the factory lot.
  •         Laser Frame Measuring Equipment – This is a set of tools that uses laser measuring when fixing frames with a frame alignment machine; typically, these are used on vehicles that have sustained heavy damage.
  •         Waterborne Paint Booth Set-Up – Used to spray industry standard low VOC paint supplies.
  •          5-Post Chief Frame Machine – Allows for completing frame repairs at any angle. This is extremely useful in fixing damage done in harder to reach areas of the vehicle.
  •          180 Dual MIG Welders – Industry standard welding machines used to make precise welds when repairing vehicles.
  •         Accudraft Spray Guns – Tools with interchangeable tips to allow for precision in any type of painting job and for easy cleaning and changing.

These machines and tools are vital to the industry, but knowing how to utilize this equipment is only its most effective when paired with instructor Brenton Yaukey’s constant efforts to stay up-to-date with industry standards. To this end, he ensures that he is familiar with the latest I-CAR classes and with any vehicles or products students will find in the industry. He is also making arrangements to provide I-CAR welding certifications to students as well as lessons on aluminum welding.

The combination of hands-on learning and instructor knowledge ensures that students in the Automotive Collision program receive the best education they possibly can, and that they are always abreast of industry standards—and any changes made to the field. With all of these efforts combined, students graduating from this program are set to become masters of automotive structural repair!

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