Why choose Collision Repair at Kishwaukee College?
NATEF Certified Program
High-quality instruction at a competitive price
I-CAR technical information
Clean facility with modern equipment
Job opening notification
The Collision Repair Technology department has an up-to-date curriculum that combines theory and hands-on laboratory projects. As a student team member, you will be using dust-free equipment, high-volume/low pressure spray guns, and environmentally safe coatings in a state-of-the-art prep station, paint mixing room and down-draft spray booth.
The CRT department at Kishwaukee College is NATEF certified and has received recognition as an I-CAR Training Alliance Member. I-CAR is a widely respected industry conference on auto collision repair whose mission is to provide training to technicians and insurance adjusters to ensure high standards. NATEF is the organization responsible for certifying National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) program standards.
There are currently over 200 million motor vehicles on America’s roads traveling over two and a half trillion miles each year. Thousands of these vehicles are involved in collisions each day. When accidents happen, we turn to Collision Repair technicians. Some CRT students find jobs as apprentices, repair technicians, estimators, managers, paint technicians, insurance adjustors, and sales reps.
The field of Collision Repair Technology (CRT) is about more than sheet metal replacement and finishing. Collision Repair is experiencing tremendous technological change with modern unibody vehicles, on-board computers, power conveniences, air bags, and a variety of new plastic components. The Collision Repair technician must develop expertise in several areas to get today’s vehicles back on the road…accurate body sectioning, welding, laser measuring, and the use of hydraulic pulling equipment. Each damaged vehicle is unique, providing the technician the rewards that come with using problem solving and artistry.
In March 2004, Kishwaukee College's Collision Repair Department received NATEF master certification in the following four areas: Mechanical and Electrical, Non-Structural Analysis/Damage Repair, Painting and Refinishing, and Structural Analysis and Damage Repair. NATEF is the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation that is responsible for evaluating training programs based on national standards set by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
The evaluation process involves two major steps: an extensive self-evaluation followed by an on-site evaluation. Program instructors, administrators and advisory committee members are all involved in the self-evaluation. The program is evaluated on purpose, administration, learning resources, finances, student services, instruction, equipment, facilities, instructional staff and cooperative work agreements. The on-site team consists of a NATEF team leader and two ASE certified local repair technicians. The team looks for strengths and areas for improvement for the program.