Northeast State’s Advanced Technologies Division has announced the addition of a new concentration in Automotive Body/Collision Repair within the existing associate of applied science degree in Industrial Technology. The 60-hour program will offer classes starting in fall 2013.
Students will receive state-of-the-art training in areas such as welding, metal fabrication, refinishing, auto painting, body and chassis electronics, computer and engine controls, and repair estimation.
The College currently offers a 21-hour technical certificate in Auto Body Service Technology and students who finish, or have finished, the certificate may transfer those hours into the A.A.S. program.
“This really takes the program to another level for our students and opens up more opportunities for advancement in the auto body industry,” said Sam Rowell, dean of Advanced Technologies. “The additional general education, estimating and management, and quality and inspection courses will give students added value as employees.”
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that employment of automotive body technicians is expected to grow 19 percent from 2010 to 2020 and “those with formal training and industry certification should have very good job opportunities.”
The program is housed at the Pal Barger Regional Center for Automotive Programs, 337 W. Center St. in downtown Kingsport. The facility, which opened in February of 2012, has two classrooms, two offices, 14 workstations, four virtual paint stations, a large shop area, and a state-of-the-art paint booth.
The building is the fifth facility at Northeast State at Kingsport. Other buildings include the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing, the Regional Center for Health Professions, and the Regional Center for Applied Technology.
Students interested in admission to the Auto Body Service Technology program may contact the Office of Admissions and Records at 800.836.7822 or e-mail admissions@NortheastState.edu.