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The CRT program will provide an introduction and/or a continuation of hand on experience in the field of Collision Repair Technology. CRT professionals evaluate collision damage and perform body repair on vehicles in compliance with factory and dealership specifications. CRT is a multi-dimensional career field. Skills typically used in this field such as (though not limited to) structural analysis and damage repair, non-structural analysis, mechanical and electrical components, plastic and adhesives, painting and refinishing techniques, damage analysis and estimating will be introduced through this I-CAR certified instruction and hands-on experience.

The student will also learn and use a variety of service manuals and on-line automotive service and repair sights. Students should also be in fair to excellent physical shape, as they will be expected be able to stand for extended periods of time, lean, bend over and contort themselves into awkward positions to perform repair tasks or service a vehicle. Students may squat down many times during the day or need to perform tasks working above their head for long periods of time. They may also be required to lift, unassisted, vehicle parts weighing as much as 30-50 lbs.

Students will be required to read and comprehend professional technical manuals; perform math skills with regard to formulas, ratios, estimating, and business costs; communicate effectively in written and oral presentations.

Students will be able and encouraged to exercise and expand on any artistic, engineering, or fabrication abilities they may have. Guidance of these abilities will be focused on a student’s possible use of these skills in the collision repair arena.

Our goal here in the West Sound Tech Collision Repair Technology program is to help answer questions you may have about your interests in cars. While doing this we will also ultimately be helping you develop the skills to enter into one of many career fields in the Collision Repair industry. You may already ask “How does the color change like that?” “How does a plastic bumper even help protect me in a car crash?” Or if someone was to ask you, “ Did you know you may have explosive charges in your car's seat belts?” You may be able to answer them with some time in our class.

We work as groups on projects and we also work as individuals if that is more what you like to do. As long as you bring some motivation and “self starterness” this could be the class for you.