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Estimating Course Objectives

  • Description

ATC’s distance estimating course will prepare you to handle the following aspects of the estimating process:

  • Identify opportunities in the collision repair field
  • Identify steel components on most passenger vehicles and understand the basics of the repair process, including M.I.G. welding principles
  • Identify plastic components and the repair process involved
  • Analyze damage to determine appropriate repair methods
  • Determine the direction, point of impact and extent of direct or indirect damage
  • Identify and record pre existing damage
  • Perform visual inspection of structural components and determine whether they should be repaired or replaced
  • Be familiar with structural damage measuring equipment
  • Determine the parts and procedures needed to complete the repair
  • Determine the paint finish and any necessary refinishing
  • Identify mechanical and suspension damage
  • Document vehicle information correctly
  • Identify and de code V.I.N. numbers
  • Identify and record vehicle options
  • Apply appropriate estimating and parts nomenclature (terminology)
  • Correct use of Mitchell collision guides
  • Apply proper estimating sequence
  • Apply appropriate labor value
  • Select and price proper parts, either o.e.m, Jobber, or recycled
  • Determine and price appropriate sublet operations
  • Recognize and apply overlap, where applicable
  • Determine refinishing material and charges
  • Identify types of vehicle construction
  • Recognize damage characteristics for different types of vehicles
  • Identify plastic repair and replace procedure
  • Identify steel repair and replace procedures
  • Identify impact absorber components and repair/replace procedures
Module 1 — Introduction to Auto Collision technology

Reviews opportunities in the auto collision technology field, identifies the basic construction of vehicles and provides an overview on damage estimating.

Module 2 — Welding

Learn what welding methods are used in the collision repair process.

Module 3 — Panel Repairs

Learn how to analyze metal damage and determine whether repair or replacement is required. Also reviews the repairing of plastic parts, such as bumpers.

Module 4 — Paint Repairs

Learn the different paint processes and how they apply to collision refinishing in an auto body settling.

Module 5 — Interior and exterior trim.

Get an introduction to both exterior and interior trim and gain a general understanding of airbag diagnosis.

Module 6 — Mechanical services

Provides a basic understanding of electrical systems (headlamp, tail amp, and battery and charging systems) and how they relate to collision damage.

Module 7 — Frame and Unibody Construction and Repair

Learn how to identify vehicle construction, use terminology and identify high strength steel. In addition, this modules also looks at the evolution of vehicle design, the unibody constructed vehicle and the use of high strength steels. You will also gain a better understanding of vehicle measuring equipment and the latest methods used to complete unibody repairs.

Module 8 –Suspension and steering

Reviews front and rear suspension systems and how to identify damages.

Module 9 — Vehicle damage Estimating

Learn how to use the Mitchell Guide to write damage reports in the proper sequence and employing flat rate principles. You will also be able to determine related or included items and how they relate to the time allotment.

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Dianna Lifford

He had heard great reviews and knew of many successful Business Managers that had started with this course. Needless to say I took the course. Almost a year ago, I started an exhilarating new career path as a Business Manager thanks to Arlie and the Automotive Training Centre.

The interactive course provided me with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to begin this new career and to be productive within weeks of starting. Our class instructor was able to provide us with hands on knowledge from years of experience in the industry, as well as from different dealership roles, which was extremely helpful. Not only that, but the industry representatives, who attended the course, allowed me to begin a network for job searching. Within one week of completing the course I began my first day at Dennison Chevrolet.

Both my Business Manager partner and I are graduates of the Automotive Training Centre. We are both thrilled with the opportunities this career has provided so far and we look forward to a rewarding future.
Thanks ATC!!!


Dianna Lifford
Business/ Finance Manager
Dennison Chevrolet Ltd.

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