Collision Repair/Refinish

Students Place at National Auto Competition

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive collision repair/refinish students Zach Mullen of New Market and Garrett Hogue of Lenox took home second and fifth place finishes respectively at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held June 25-26, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish students Garrett Hogue of Lenox and Zach Mullen of New Market took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2014 competition in Ankeny on Fri., May 2, 2014.

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Automotive Programs Hosting Open House

Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting the 2014 Automotive Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field this Friday, April 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive department on the north side of the Instructional Center, on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Auto Open House, visitors will tour the automotive shops, meet with program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at a car show, and meet with tool vendors.  A light lunch will be served.

Potential students and their families may visit at any time during the Open House, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m.  A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion of the contest at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s Tech Center I.  The car show is open to the public.

Potential students will be visiting other career and technical education programs at SWCC on Friday as well, all part of SWCC’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day

 

SWCC Student Places in National Competition

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Garrett Hogue of Lenox placed fifth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2013 SkillsUSA Championships held June 24-28, 2013, in Kansas City, MO.

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  Hogue qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2013 competition in Ankeny on April 25, 2013.

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Auto Open House Contest Winners

WeldingContest 2013CRESTON—April 19, 2013—Almost 450 high school students were on Southwestern Community College's campus on Friday, April 5, 2013, for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Day and the 2013 SWCC Automotive Open House.  This annual open house offers future students the opportunity to tour the shops, meet the instructors, and learn more about SWCC’s automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish programs.

As a part of the event, many of the visiting students, as well as current SWCC automotive students, compete in contests and activities. 

Placings for the contests follow:

High School Collision/Welding Contest Winners

  • Jacob Berkley, Red Oak High School, first place
  • Colton Drake, Villisca High School, second place
  • Remington Tranburger, Red Oak High School, third place

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  • Russell Sinclair, Central Decatur High School, tie for first place
  • Corey Sunderman, Atlantic High School, tie for first place
  • Heath Heller, Atlantic High School, second place

Tire Changing Contest - College Division

  • Kadin Miller, Osceola, Southwestern Community College, first place
  • Alonzo Rodriguez, Osceola, Southwestern Community College, second place

Photos from the events are available on SWCC’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/swcciowa.

SWCC Automotive Programs to Host Open House

Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting the 2013 Automotive Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, April 5, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive department on the north side of the Instructional Center, on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Auto Open House, visitors will tour the automotive shops, meet with program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at a car show, and meet with tool vendors.  The Patriot Chopper from Orange County Choppers will be on display during the car show.  A light lunch will be served.  

Potential students and their families may visit at any time during the Open House, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m.  A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion of the contest at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s Tech Center I.  The car show is open to the public.

SWCC offers two esteemed programs in the automotive areas:  automotive repair technology and collision repair/refinish.  SWCC's automotive repair technology instructors are Master ASE (Automotive Service Excellence)-certified and use a hands-on approach in the classroom and lab.  The automotive repair technology program has ASE certification and National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) certification. SWCC's collision repair program is the only program in Iowa to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation and is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE/NATEF certification.  

Collision Repair/Refinish Receives Renewed Accreditation from NATEF

February 13, 2013--Congratulations to the SWCC collision repair/refinish program for their recent renewal of program accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  The program earned renewal accreditation in language/arts, mathematics, mechanical and electrical, non-structural analysis/damage repair, painting and refinishing, science, structural analysis and damage repair.

 

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December 14, 2012--The Automotive Club raised a total of $1,456 through their raffle drawings held at the end of fall 2012 semester. The club will use this money for a scholarship, a field trip to the Kansas City Harley Davidson factory and Topeka Drag Races, and the Skills USA competition, as well as a donation to a needy cause undetermined at this time.

There were 37 students selling tickets and 10 students each sold more than 50 tickets. The top salesman was Colton Nelson, who sold 341 tickets and received a donation from Charlie Brown Auto Salvage for $100. Nelson is a second year automotive student from Osceola.

Congratulations to the automotive club raffle winners:
1st place - Justin Brown
2nd place - Denny Loudon
3rd place - Karl Olson
4th place - Gary Davis
5th place - Salvador Aguilera
6th place - Mary Adams

 

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Collision Repair/Refinish Program Implements 3-D Paint System

OCTOBER 5, 2012--The Southwestern Community College collision repair/refinish program recently received an exciting delivery--the SiM Spray 3D Virtual Paint System. SimSpray is an immersive virtual reality painting simulator. It will assist SWCC instructors in the teaching of spray painting and coating fundamentals.

With the system in place, students will learn correct body positioning and movement for proper painting and coating techniques. The student operating the system will use a simulated paint gun and headgear to enter an immersive virtual reality environment where he/she will apply "paint" to specific areas of automobiles. The student will view the simulator through the head gear as it tracks his or her motion and painting techniques.

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SWCC Student Places Fourth at National Competition

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) student Sheldon Triggs of Mt. Ayr placed fourth in the nation for collision repair, at the 2012 SkillsUSA Championships held June 23-27, 2012, in Kansas City, MO. 

The SkillsUSA Championships showcase the best career and technical students in the nation.  Triggs qualified for the national competition by placing first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2012 competition in Ankeny in April.

At the SkillsUSA Championships, more than 5,600 contestants competed in 96 events.  During the collision repair technology contest, Triggs was asked to demonstrate his ability to perform jobs and skills based on a task list outlined by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) and the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).  The competition included a series of workstations to assess skills in metal straightening, welding, plastic repair, and structural analysis; a personal interview; and a written test.

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Automotive Open House Scheduled for March 30, 2012

AutoContestWinnersSouthwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting an Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, March 30, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on SWCC's Creston campus.

During the Open House event, visitors will be able to tour the automotive shops, meet program instructors, compete in welding and tire changing/rotating contests, views automobiles at the car show, and meet with tool vendors.  A light lunch will be served.

Potential students may visit at any time during the Open House hours, but if students are planning to compete in the welding contest they must register from 8:30-9 a.m.  A written test will take place at 9 a.m. and individuals with the top scores will then compete in the hands-on portion at 10 a.m. in SWCC’s technical center.  Pictured at right are last year's contest winners.

Southwestern Automotive Student Headed to National Contest

2011SkillsIowa_SWCCwinners_WebCRESTON — Two SWCC automotive students were gold medalists at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition in Ankeny on April 29, 2011, and are now headed to national competition in Kansas City, MO, on June 19-24, 2011.

Josh Rich of Ellston, a Southwestern Community College sophomore, placed first in the collision repair competition at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2011 competition.  Rich will graduate with his associate of applied science degree from SWCC’s collision repair program in June.

Andrew Martin, a second year collision repair/refinish student from Bridgewater, was the gold medalist in the automotive refinishing competition.  Martin will receive his associate of applied science degree in collision repair/refinish in June as well.

Each year, every community college in Iowa can enter one student in each of the two SkillsUSA contest categories.  At nationals, the SWCC students will compete against champion from all 50 states.  Jeff Magneson, SWCC’s collision repair/refinish instructor, is impressed with how SWCC’s students stack up against the competition.

“I am extremely proud of how our students perform each year at this competition,” Magneson stated.  “This is the third year we have competed in these contests and the first year SWCC has come home with gold medalists in both competitions!”

Southwestern is one of 11 community colleges in Iowa with an automotive collision repair program.  SWCC’s collision repair/refinish program is one of two programs in Iowa to have the ASE (The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence)/NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) certification and the only program in the state to have the I-CAR (Inter-Industry Conference on Auto Collision Repair) Gold Class designation.  SWCC's collision repair/refinish program is based on the I-CAR Enhanced Delivery curriculum and offers hands-on experiences in the classroom.  Courses are taught by ASE-certified instructors who have platinum level I-CAR designations.

Student demonstrating 3D paint simulatorSWCC automotive instructors are committed to training students on up-to-date and technology-driven equipment. 

SWCC's auto collision repair refinish lab features two SprayBake paint booths, a Chief EZ Liner 25 frame machine, 16 Mitchell and ADP Shoplink computerized estimating computers, Chief frame measuring equipment for universal gauges, UMS mechanical, and a computerized laser by Chief Genesis Velocity.  In 2012, the program acquired a SiM Spray 3D Virtual Paint System, an immersive virtual reality painting simulator.  This equipment will give students an invaluable learning experience and assist SWCC instructors in the teaching of spray painting and coating fundamentals.

Instructors have added the RM paint line for 2nd-year students in addition to the DuPont paint line. Both paint lines are supported by computerized scales, electronic technical data and printed labels. The program also teaches computerized color matching with the spectrophotometer - ChromaVision by DuPont.

Students Holding HelmetsListed below are the required tools for the auto collision repair/refinish program.  Arrangements should be made for purchase of tools prior to the first day of classes. The cost for all tools is approximately $1,200.

If you are not able to purchase the tools on your own, SWCC offers tool rental for $250 a year with the option to buy. Students who opt to rent are responsible for broken and lost tools.  Please complete the tool rental form if you plan to rent tools from SWCC for the program. 

Your instructor as well as the Advisory Committee stress that the purchase of tools is a must in seeking employment. You cannot be hired without them. So please check out the tool fair held during the career and technical orientation. Matco tools, Mac tools, Craftsman and Snap-On tools are offered as sets at greatly reduced prices while you are a student at SWCC.

Your instructor and the Advisory Committee have compiled the following list with costs in mind, but also what they consider as a minimum requirement for an entry-level technician. Please engrave your tools to prevent them from getting lost or stolen.

Socket sets

  • ¼” drive socket set – standard - ¼” to ½”
  • ¼” drive socket set – metric – 5mm to 13mm
  • 3/8” drive socket set – standard – 3/8” to 7/8”
  • 3/8” drive socket set – metric – 8mm to 19mm
  • ½ drive socket set – standard – ½” to 1”
  • ½ drive socket set – metric – 10mm to 21mm
  • Torx drive socket set – 10, 15, 20, 25, 27, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 & 55
  • ¼ ratchet and extensions – 3”,6”,12”
  • 3/8 ratchet and extensions – 3”, 6”, 12”
  • ½ ratchet and extensions – 3", 6”, 12”

Body Tools

  • Door trim panel tool
  • GM window crank clip remover
  • Vixen/body metal file
  • Heel or toe dolly
  • Rubber block sander
  • Board File 2 ¾” x 17 ½”
  • *Wet sand bucket – 2 to 5 gal
  • *Large sponge
  • *Mudboard
  • *Plastic spreaders
  • *Putty squeegee 3M#05518
  • *Hand sanding pad 3M#05530
  • *6” DA Sander pad 3M#5576

Wrench sets

  • Standard combination set 5/16” to 1”
  • Metric combination set 6mm to 19mm
  • Crescent wrench 10” or 12”
  • Allen wrench set – standard - 1/16” to 3/8”
  • Allen wrench set – metric – 1.5mm to 8mm
 

Air Tools

  • 6” DA air sander
  • 5” air grinder
  • 3/8” air drill
  • Paint gun (please wait until 2nd semester to realize the gun you want and to obtain school discounts)
 Pliers
  • Standard pliers
  • Channel lock
  • Needle nose
  • Side cutter
  • Vise grip locking plier
  • Tin snips

Miscellaneous Tools

  • Air blower
  • Metric tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Flashlight
  • Drill bit set 1/8”to 3/8”
  • Tool box large enough to hold tools and lock

Screwdrivers

  • Straight screwdrivers - #1, #2, #3
  • Phillips screwdrivers - #1, #2, #3
  • Torq screwdrivers – optional, but recommended
  • Offset screwdrivers – optional, but recommended
  • Punches, chisels, and scrapers
  • ½” cold chisel
  • 5/32” & 3/16” punch
  • Center punch
  • Pick or awl
  • 1½” putty knife
  • Razor blade scraper
  • Hand wire brush

Hammers

  • Body pick hammer
  • Ball pein hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Maul hammer – recommended, but not required

Safety Tools

  • *Safety glasses
  • Headphones
  • *Painters suit
  • *Painters head sock
  • Leather welding gloves
  • Clear face shield
  • *3M cartridge type paint mask (has to be 3M to be OSHA fit tested and able to hook up to our air supplied respirator system, no others accepted)
  • #07177 Small, #07178 Medium,
  • #07193 Large - P95 Series (Don’t open package prior to class)
  • *3M Pink Hepa filters to attach to 3M Paint mask for dust filtering #07184 P100 filter
 

  * These items may be purchased at the SWCC Bookstore.

Larry Rucker
Keane Thummel Trucking
1883 V Ave
Clarinda, IA  51566
712.542.3132

Larry Wynn
F&M Body Shop
901 S. Division
Creston, IA 50801
641.782.5115

Frank Dennis
Frank's Body Shop
205 4th St.
Corning, IA 50841
641.322.3633

Frank Snyder
Snyder's Auto Body & Paint
1526 East Washington
Clarinda, IA 51632
712.542.5316

Will Erickson
105 Oak St.
Massena, IA 50833
712.621.1274

Dan Swartz
JD Casey Paints
Box 4
Corning, IA 50841
641.322.4284

Dean Foresman
2110 Oak St.
Atlantic, IA  50022
712.243.4990

Tom Wortmann
Inter-Tech Collision Center Inc.
5638 Center St.
Omaha, NE, 68106
402.208.0733

Derek Freshour
Body By Freshour
309 S. 4th Ave..
Villisca, IA 50864
712.826.3636
Doug White
State Farm Insurance
2850 Westown Parkway
West Des Moines, IA  50265
515.223.9112

Phil Hetrick
Hetrick Auto Body
Hwy. 83, Box 53
Marne, IA 51552
712.781.2210

Dave Rhine
Rhine Body Repair
301 E. Montgomery
Creston, IA 50801
641.782.5016

Keith Larsen
311 N. 11th
Clarinda, IA 51632
712.542.3780