Technical Standards for Collision Repair and Refinishing

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand nonacademic standards, skills, and performance requirements expected of a student in order to complete this particular curriculum.

If an accommodation is necessary to participate in the program, it is imperative to identify a reasonable accommodations to those students who qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and the program on a case-by-case basis utilizing the program technical standards. The accommodation needs to be in place prior to the start of the program, or it may delay your ability to start the program. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Reasonableness is determined by Accessibility Resources and request accommodations.

Skills Description Specific Examples
Motor Skills
  • Be able to lift objects weighing up to 30 lbs.
  • Able to stand or sit for prolonged period of time
  • Able to perform repetitive physical actions
  • Able to work with hands, being able to feel by touch, finger dexterity
  • Operating lifts and jacks, use of common hand tools (sanding blocks, ratchets, wrenches, air powered sanders / grinders, paint spray equipment.
  • Bending, squatting, reaching
  • Lifting automotive body parts, bumpers, fenders, & wheels
  • Removing and installing mechanical fasteners for bolt on body parts
  • Sufficient enough to access printed and electronic documents as well as readings on gauges
  • Able to operate motor vehicle
  • Able to see shades of color
  • Product technical data sheets, service documents, as well as air pressure gauges
  • Valid driver’s license to move vehicles in and out of shop
  • Seeing color change while mixing products
  • Be capable of hearing equipment running
  • Be capable of hearing
  • Troubleshooting problems
  • Fire alarms, carbon dioxide detectors
  • Able to operate PC basic functions
  • Able to look up online technical service information
  • Log in and out of Blackboard and Techlink
  • Vehicle service information such as CCC One Estimating Software, AllData & I-CAR (Inter-Industry Collision Association of Repairers)
  • Able to follow written and verbal instructions
  • Demonstrate the ability to professionally interact with vehicle owner and employer
  • Ability to use industry terminology
  • Able to read, write in English language
  • Able to follow technical instructions from instructor / employer / on-line service sources
  • Able to explain vehicle needs to customer
  • Using correct verbiage when ordering parts / materials
Critical Thinking/ Problem Solving
  • Ability to think using analysis, evaluation, problem solving, judgment and the creative process
  • Analyze collision damage in order to create repair plan
Interpersonal Skills
  • Able to work well with peers and small groups
  • Able to accept constructive criticism
  • Being respectful of others from diverse backgrounds
  • Accept advice from peers, instructors and employers
Environmental Tolerance
  • Able to get hands and clothes dirty
  • Able to work in extreme environments
  • Working on and around vehicles can be dirty
  • Hot and cold temperatures
  • Ability to smell
  • Vapors from refinishing operations require respiratory protection, must be able to identify hazardous chemicals by smell, to ensure your not breathing hazardous chemicals
Shop Safety
  • Able to wear appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Safety glasses required at all times while in shop area, OSHA approved respirator required for refinishing operations to filter air from toxins
Educational Requirements
  • High School completion
  • Able to maintain 2.0 GPA
  • Apply to Forsyth Tech
  • Meet with advisor
  • Diploma / GED
  • 2.0 GPA is required to graduate from Forsyth Tech Collision Repair and Refinishing Program
  • Complete online application to Forsyth Tech
  • Attend Student Orientation Advising Registration (SOAR) session

This document is intended to serve as a guide regarding the physical, emotional, intellectual and psychosocial expectations placed on a student. This document cannot include every conceivable action, task, ability or behavior that may be expected of a student. Meeting these technical standards does not guarantee employment in this field upon graduation. Ability to meet the program’s technical standards does not guarantee a student’s eligibility for any licensure, certification exam, or successful completion of the degree program.