abrp

Auto Body Repair and Painting (ABRP)

Turbocharge your automotive career with UH Maui College’s Auto Body Repair & Painting program. You can earn an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in 2 years* or achieve a certificate degree and job training for specialty areas in even less time. You’ll get hands-on skills in welding and fabrication, sheet metal, plastic, fiberglass and corrosion repair, and auto painting and refinishing. Students can also take advantage of internship opportunities with local businesses. Apply today!

DEGREES THAT CAN BE EARNED

Certificates of Completion (CC)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

The purpose of the Auto Body Repair & Painting program is to train 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.
Corrosion: 10 Credits
Auto Body Repair & Painting 20EFGHI(10)

Auto Body Refinishing: 10 credits
Auto Body Repair & Painting 22EFGHI(10)

Auto Body Repair & Painting 20(10), 22(10), 40(10), 41(10)
Mathematics 50C(3)
Communication: English 19 or higher(3)
All CA courses(46) plus:
English 22, 55, 100, 106, or Communication 145(3) – English/Communication requirement
Physics 50(3) – Natural Science requirement
Humanities elective(3)
Social Science elective(3)
Elective(3)

Full-time students would take courses in this sequence:

First Semester (Fall)
*ABRP 20E Basic Auto Body
*ABRP 20F Basic Metal Work
*ABRP 20G Auto Sheet Metal
*ABRP 20H Body & Fender
*ABRP 20I Auto Body Repair Practicum
*ENG 19 or higher
*MATH 50C: Technical Mathematics
Total
Credits
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
16
Second Semester (Spring)
*ABRP 22E Basic Auto Refinishing
*ABRP 22F Refinishing Equipment & Techniques
*ABRP 22G Complete Refinishing Techniques
*ABRP 22H Touch-Up Refinishing Techniques
*ABRP 22I Refinishing Practicum
PHYS 50 Technical Physics
Total
Credits
2
2
2
2
2
3
13
Third Semester (Fall)
*ABRP 40E Automotive Trim & Glass
*ABRP 40F Dimensioning Collision Damage
*ABRP 40G Frame Alignment & Repair
*ABRP 40H Structural Sectioning
*ABRP 40I Major Repairs Practicum
ENG 22, 55, 100, 106, or COM 145
Social Science elective
Total
Credits
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
16
Fourth Semester (Spring)
*ABRP 41E Minor Collision Repair
*ABRP 41F Mechanical Systems
*ABRP 41G Plastic Panel Repair
*ABRP 41H Management & Estimating
*ABRP 41I Minor Repairs Practicum
Humanities elective
Elective
Total
Credits
2
2
2
2
2
3
3
16
*Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.