Students in Ike Lea
Associate in Applied Science

Auto Body Repair and Painting

Kaaike Building Lobby with Students

Program Overview

2 Years 61 Credits
The Auto Body Repair & Painting program trains individuals for entry-level employment in the auto body repair and painting trade. Instruction covers principles on the repair of auto body sheet metal and the application of body fillers and color coatings. Get hands-on skills in welding and fabrication, sheet metal, plastic, fiberglass and corrosion repair, and auto painting and refinishing. There are extensive demonstrations in the proper use and maintenance of special tools and equipment, including special welding techniques. Certificates of Completion (CC) and Certificate of Achievement (CA) also available.

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ABRP

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Request more information about this program or contact the Program Coordinator to learn more:

Dennis Tanga
808-984-3214
dtanga@hawaii.edu

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Academic Counseling

Linda Fujitani
808-984-3226
lkfujita@hawaii.edu

Program Information

The Auto Body Repair & Painting program trains individuals for entry-level employment in the auto body repair and painting trade.
Instruction covers principles on the repair of auto body sheet metal and the application of body fillers and color coatings. There are extensive demonstrations in the proper use and maintenance of special tools and equipment, including special welding techniques. Basic mechanic hand tools, supplies, books, and working clothes are required for enrollment.

Contact the program coordinator, Dennis Tanga, at 984-3214 or by emailing dtanga@hawaii.edu for more information.

Upon successful completion of the ABRP Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Explain and describe both personal and public health and safety issues as it pertains to the products used in the auto collision repair and auto refinishing industry. Describe in general the effect of these products have on themselves, co-workers and the environment. Demonstrate proper personal and public safety precautions to be utilized when using these products. Will be able to identify hazardous products and describe the proper methods of disposal for different types of hazardous waste.
    2. Describe and demonstrate proper and safe usage as pertaining to the hand and power tools and equipment needed to complete the required tasks for auto body sheet metal repair for the return both exterior and interior sheet metal of a vehicle to a like new condition.
    3. Employ required math and reading skills to be able to complete vehicle repairs as described from a work order and also written specifications when using vehicle service information or a vehicle dimensioning manual, obtained either as a hard copy or on line. Be able to communicate both written and verbally with fellow employees and other shop personnel.
    4. Demonstrate the proper MIG and resistance spot welding skills required to achieve a weld that is equal to a factory specifications for a given type of repair, in a safe manner. Be able to identify and correct MIG and resistance spot welds that are not compliant with factory recommendations for acceptable repairs.
    5. Display the appropriate refinishing skills required to achieve a vehicle topcoat (finish) that is equal to factory refinishing specifications. Describe the health and safety issues surrounding the use and disposal of refinishing and related materials.