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Autobody and Paint Technology

Career and Technical

Location: Rathdrum Parker Center

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Program Description

This program is a 9-month program designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a collision repair technician and/or painter. All phases of refinishing are covered including basecoat and clear coat applications. MIG welding, plastic and fiberglass repair, sheet metal repair and replacement, estimating, glass replacement, damage analysis including unibody and full frame alignment, electrical and mechanical diagnosing, and other related topics are covered.

A general education component of communications, occupational relations, and computational skills are integrated into the program. Successful completion of the first semester or permission of the instructor is required to continue to the next semester. Strong basic math and good reading skills are recommended. Placement in specific math and English courses is determined by the college assessment test.

Parker Technical Education Center

Classes for this program are located in Rathdrum, Idaho, 12 miles from Coeur d’Alene at the Parker Technical Education Center

Cal DeHaas
Collision Repair Technology Instructor
Office: Parker Technical Education Center 144
Phone: (208) 769-3440

2021 - 2022 Tool List

APPROXIMATE COST OF TOOLS / SUPPLIES (NOTE: Does not include cost of textbooks)

$1800 - $2200 (Prices subject to change based on price quotes received from the vendors)

Autobody Collision Repair Required Tool List


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Must Have for 2nd Day of Fall Semester
1 Each Charcoal paint respirator
1 Each Safety glasses
1 Each 3-ring note binder


Must Have by Mid September
1 Each Roll away tool chest or tool cart
1 Each Tool box with lock (top chest type)
1 Each Welding welpers
1 Pair Wire cutters
2 Pair Regular vise grips
2 Pair C-clamp vise grips
1 Pair Welding vise grips
1 Each Air blow gun (Acme typhoon preferred)
1 Each Putty knife, 1" blade
1 Each  Plastic mixing board
1 Each  Sponge sanding pad
1 Each  Durablock kit
Each 3 “ small air angle grinder
Each  3" air grinder attachment
Each  Auto shield weld helmet
Each  3M bodyman respirator
Each  Leather work shoes
Each  Painting suit
Each  Leather gloves (light for MIG welding)
Each  Welding jacket
10  Each  CP-1Air fittings


Must Have by Mid October
1 Each Hand file board (17 1/2 inch)
1 Each Short picking body hammer
1 Each Cross peen body hammer
1 Each General purpose dolly
1 Each Toe dolly
1 Each Light dinging spoon
1 Each Door panel remover
1 Each Cotter key remover
1 Each 6” dual action sander
1 Each  Air dill (reversible)
1 Each  1/4” drive air ratchet


Must Have by November 1st
1 Set 3/8” drive socket set with ratchet (metric & standard)v
1 Set 1/4” drive socket set with ratchet (metric & standard)
1 Set 1/4” and 3/8” deep sockets (metric & standard)
1 Set Torx bits 1/4 drive set T-27 etc.
1 Set Combo box end, open-end wrenches (metric standard)
1 Set Torx blade screwdriver set
1 Set Torx bits (nos. T-40, T-45, & T-50 to fit 3/8” ratchet)
1 Set Allen wrenches (metric & standard)
1 Each Magnetic Phillips screwdriver
1 Set Straight blade screwdriver set
1 Pair  Standard pliers
1 Pair  Needle nose pliers
Pair Channel lock pliers
Each  Center punch
Each  Spring style center punch
Set  Flat blade X-acto knife
Set  16’ measuring tape (standard & metric settings)
Each  Small flashlight (250 lumens minimum)
Each  Drill bit set (up to 1/4”)
Each  Step drill bit up to 1/2”
Each  Hand board file ( 8 1/2”)
1 Each Deadblow hammer
1 Each  Small ball peen hammer
2 Each  ket screwdrivers - flat blades


Additional Required Tools for Body Technicians ONLY

See Instructor - Approximate Additional Cost $1400

1 Each Slapper file
1 Each 3/8” air ratchet
1 Each 3" dual action sander
1 Each Vixen body file
1 Each Vixen file handle
1 Each Air file with vacuum sanding attachment
1 Each Geared orbital air sander with vacuum sanding attachment
1 Each 1/2” drive socket set with ratchet
1 Each PHandboard 10 1/2"
1 Each  Die grinder
1 Each  Knipex pliers 


Program Snapshot

Degree Type Duration Path Credits
Intermediate Technical Certificate 2 Semesters Full-time 47-49 Degree requirements

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