March 25, 2017

Collision Repair and Refinishing by Corey DeCota


Collision Repair and Refinishing by Corey DeCota

     In Collision Repair and Refinishing at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, you learn the basic skills used in the process of refinishing cars, busses, trucks, and even more interesting objects. You also learn skills in other classes that help to benefit you in a refinishing process. You learn basic welding techniques and you learn more about vehicles all around. You work around a great community as well. Students from all around come to the HACTC to learn with you. And the HACTC has a great staff ready and willing to teach at all times and help out whenever possible. Your teacher for Collision Repair and Refinishing (CRR) is Mr. Hathorn. Mr Hathorn was one of the students in the first class of CRR that was taught at the HACTC. Mr Hathorn is a very intelligent man and you can learn a serious amount of information in the time you will be spending with him for the next two years if you choose to sign up for the class. 
     In the junior year of CRR, you learn the basics of auto body and safety.  You are required to take a safety course about the tools and chemicals in the shop.  After this, you then learn the basic uses of body filler, primer, and metal glaze and how they help fill in dents or scratches in a vehicle. During this whole process, you will be taking an online course throughout the first quarter of the year.  This course is called SP2 which is where you learn more about safety and pollution prevention.  The masking unit helps you to learn how to prevent overspray onto other parts of the vehicle. You also learn the basics of painting and clear coating.  Around the middle of the year you learn the basic skills of welding and using a uni-spotter, which is a welder that welds a steel rod onto the dent and then using a punch on the rod you are able to pull out the dent.  Then around the third and fourth quarter, you learn more advanced skills using paint guns and all around general skills used to get the task done in an efficient and proper manner.  The key to learning in this class is the use of time management. From the first day of your junior year, Mr. Hathorn will say time management is key in any position of the automotive industry.
     During your senior year, you are focused on perfecting tasks and more time management through the more advanced skills you will learn. The senior year is more or less like the junior year, but you are being trained to work on projects faster and get them out the door as correct and efficiently as possible.  Also in your senior year, you are awarded by your home school either a math or science credit. 
     Whether you are new to vehicles or are a pro when it comes to cars, Collision Repair and Refinishing at the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center always has something to offer you! I joined because I was better with hands on rather than textbooks and I would not trade the HACTC for anything.  CRR is a great class and I am still learning more and more every day at the HACTC.