Autobody Repair (AOS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Occupational Studies (AOS)
Academic Department Info: 

This specialization includes 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training applicable to the autobody repair field. Laboratory experience ranges from spot repair, total wreck repair, specialized paint jobs, estimating, and rust repair to frame straightening.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Demonstrate a focused, coherent, organized written report.
  • Perform mathematic calculations required for entry-level automotive employment.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply written instructions and specifications relevant to their work environment.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and program solving skills to work with sheet metal repair.
  • Demonstrate ability to identify different types of frame damage.
  • Demonstrate painting skills for B/C and single stage painting.
  • Demonstrate the ability to repair frame and structure collision damage.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, evaluate, remove and replace various mechanical components.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Recommended: Algebra

Technical Standards: 

Applicants in the autobody repair program must meet the following physical requirements.

  • Must be able to perform safely in the shop.
  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds up to eye level without assistance.
  • Must be able to communicate orally with a person six-10 feet away.
  • Must be able to diagnose mechanical failures that are distinguished audibly.
  • Must be able to visually decipher an oscilloscope monitor and digital/analog meter, and scan tool displays
  • Must meet qualifications for a NYS driver’s license.

ASE logoAccredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)

Graduates may take Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification exams. Graduates are also eligible for New York State inspection certification. Students may take the ASE exam for certification in refrigerant recycling & recovery during their senior year.

Features & Facilities: 
  • Teaches all aspects of the trade
  • Supports ASE certification and NYS inspection
  • Provides latest information on HVLP and refinishing techniques
  • Two down-draft & bake spray booths; three frame machines, bake lamps, dedicated bench system, two universal measuring systems; two computerized estimating systems, in-lab paint mixing equipment, 15,000 sq. ft. senior body shop, and faculty who work in auto body trade during breaks.
  • NATEF master certified
  • Close partnerships with industry
  • Live work
  • Rebuilt cars available for sale
Articulation Agreements: 

Two-year BOCES graduates who have an 80 percent class average, have a letter of recommendation from their vocational instructor, and who present a portfolio may be allowed to advance beyond minimum requirements and improve the grade for the college courses, pursue individual interests within a course, or sample course work in a separate automotive program to broaden their experience.

Graduation Requirements: 

A student must successfully complete all courses in the prescribed four-semester program and earn a minimum cumulative index of 2.0, which is equivalent to a "C" average.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Auto Body Repair Specialist
  • Automotive Refinisher
  • Body Shop Owner
  • Frame Straightening Specialist
  • Shop Foreman
  • Service Manager
  • Wheel Alignment Specialist
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State autobody repair graduates may enter directly into the technology management BBA degree program.

Typical Semester Layout: 

The students receive 1,800 hours of practical experience and classroom training of which 1,400 hours are lab work. There are one-and-one-half hours of lecture with four-and-one-half hours of lab work each day, for five days, 15 weeks a semester. The approximate class size is 20 freshmen and 20 seniors.

First Semestercredits
AUTO1326Body Welding6
AUTO1313Wrecker Operation & Estimating3
AUTO1306Rust Repair6
AUTO1343Refinishing Basics3
Second Semestercredits
AUTO2309Brakes, Suspension & Structural Analysis9
AUTO1344Reconditioning & Mechanical Components4
AUTO2365Chassis Electrical5
Third Semestercredits
AUTO3819Auto Body Skills/Computerized Estimating9
AUTO3809Inspection, Gen Alignment, Air Condtioning, Cooling and Heating9
Fourth Semestercredits
AUTO4639Major Collision Repair9
AUTO4629Major Refinishing9

Students successfully completing autobody repair may wish to remain at Alfred in the automotive service technician, heavy equipment, truck & diesel technician, or motorsports technology programs another one-and-one-half years to receive a second degree upon successful completion of course. This requires department chair’s approval.

Employment and Transfer Rate: 
Employment and Transfer Survey Details: 
Survey Details201020112012
Receiving Degrees181510
Responding to Survey12 (67%)7 (47%)7 (70%)
Employed8 (67%)4 (57%)5 (71%)
Employed in Field8 (100%)4 (100%)4 (80%)
Transferred4 (33%)3 (43%)2 (29%)
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Employment and Transfer Salary Information: 

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