Automobile body technicians are skilled metal repair experts who may be involved with all phases of auto body repair. This program offers students an opportunity to use state-of the-art equipment such as computerized measuring systems, laser-guided measuring systems, computerized paint mixing systems, and other sophisticated equipment found in high tech auto collision shops. Ridgewater College has one of the most up-to-date facilities in the state of Minnesota, with the latest in modern equipment for diagnosis and repair of cars and light trucks. Students spend a large amount of time in the shop applying the knowledge they have learned in the classroom.
 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(13 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ABOD 1111 Minor Body Repair
ABOD 1112 Welding Processes and Corrosion Repair Procedures
ABOD 1113 Vehicle Preparation
ABOD 1124 Body and Glass Service
ABOD 1125 Automotive Refinishing
ABOD 1126 Refinishing Lab and Estimating 9-11*
ABOD 2131 Color Matching and Blending
ABOD 2132 Collision Refinishing and Estimating
ABOD 2133 Collision Damage Replacement
ABOD 2135 Wheel Alignment and Mechanical Systems
ABOD 2145 Major Collision Repair Lab
ABOD 2146 Skillbuilding Lab 2-8*
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
Total Credits: 52  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 45 while the section is listed as having 52 credits.
 
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
MATH 109 Elements of Algebra & Trigonometry
MATH 110 Contemporary Concepts in Mathematics
PHYS 100 Concepts in Physics
PHYS 101 College Physics
SCI 105 Physical Science
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 5: History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ECON 195 Introduction to Economics
ECON 288 Entrepreneurial Economics
HIST 250 Minnesota History
POLS 133 State and Local Government
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 106 General Social Problems
SOC 242 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ART 120 Introduction to Art Studio
SPCH 223 Effective Listening
SPCH 225 Small Group Communication
SPCH 226 Interpersonal Communications
SPCH 227 Intercultural Communication
Total Credits: 3  
 
Elective Courses
(1 Course)
Recommended elective:
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
ECON 190 Personal Finance
Total Credits: 8  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.