Southwestern's auto collision repair/refinish program is committed to staying current on today’s technology. This is evident with the equipment the college has for the new metals utilized on today’s vehicles. Through the guidance of the program's advisory committee, SWCC's program has the ProSpot I-4 Spot welder for weld bonding, a ProSpot SP-5 pulse welder for aluminum and MIG brazing, and a ProSpot aluminum dent repair station. Recently added was the ProSpot Nitrogen hot air plastic welder, Python windshield removal equipment, Robinair 1234yf refrigerant recovery machine and a 2 post hoist.

Pre/post scans on safety and computer diagnostics as required by the OEM’s and insurance companies are performed with the program's series of scanners including Snap-On Modis, Solus Pro & Verus, and OTC’s Evolve, Genisys & Encore. SWCC backs up the service information with All Data, Mitchell On-Demand, and Chilton online databases.

Collision repair technicians in the industry will recognize and appreciate this type of equipment.

SWCC's auto collision repair/refinish lab features two SprayBake paint booths, a Chief EZ Liner 25 frame machine, 16 Mitchell computerized estimating computers, Chief frame measuring equipment for universal gauges, UMS mechanical, and a computerized laser by Chief Genesis Velocity. The program utilizes a SimSpray™ 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 second-year students in addition to the PPG Waterborne paint line. Both paint lines are supported by computerized scales, electronic technical data, and printed labels.