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Recovery Survival Network offers assistance in the following areas:

  • Auto Body & Paint Certificate Program.

  • ETPL Link.

  • Introduction Computer. (Computer training is unavailable until further notice).

  • Job Readiness Program.

  • Job Placement.

  • Job Retention Program.

  • Individual peer-to-peer, group & family support.

  • Intensive case management.

  • Certificates of completion.

  • Aftercare support group services.

  • Earn while you learn program. (When available).

  • Some assistance with legal matters.

  • Surety bonding when possible.

  • Resume preparation and updates.

  • G.E.D. equivalency assistance.

  • Housing referrals.

  • 1-year retention program.


Auto 125 is a 105 hour 17.5 week classroom and hands on shop training course. Upon completion successful participants receive 3 credits and a certificate of completion from CCSF. After completion you will be placed in "On the Job Training" in a commercial body shop for real time experience for 12 weeks with a paid stipend of $100.00 per week for 12 weeks for a total of $1200.00 for transportation and to purchase your air tools and tool set.

City College of San Francisco

Department of Automotive Technology

Auto 125, Introduction to Body Repair and Refinishing

Instructor for Spring 2009 Saturday Class: Stephen Brady

Classes start 8am in room 110 Evans and 10am in Lab/shop area. (short break at the beginning of Lab portion of class) Lunch break noon to 12:30 pm, Cleanup 2:15 pm and 2:30pm Finish.

Textbook: I-car professional Automotive Collision Repair (2nd edition by James E. Duffy) (ISBN : 0-7768-1398-3, available at front office bookstore)

Tool Catalog: Auto body Toolmart (Ph. 1-800-382-1200 or visit

Safety equipment: Safety Goggles, coveralls, work shoes and gloves. (No one is allowed in the workshop without safety Goggles. If you don't have them you will have to go home.)

Other: Each student should keep a folder/ binder for class work and handouts. It is good to bring a small lock. Lockers are available in the work area to keep tools, coveralls, safety goggles etc.

Grading Breakdown: A= 500-450,B = 449-400, C = 399-350, D =349-300,E = 299-250, F<250

10 Quizzes 150 On every main topic, based on class material, reading, lecture etc. (30%)

Binder / folder 50 Evaluated at midterm and final for up to date notes and handouts (10%)
Midterm 75 March (date TBA) (15%)
Final 75 Last class (15%)
Laboratory work 50 Ability to work safely, honestly and intelligently in the workshop.
Project work 50 On student chosen vehicles or assigned work in lab.
Lab. assignments 50 2 small l hands-on tasks before midterm and final for 25 points each
Total: 500 points (100%) Instructor discretion may add up to 5% to any grade

Office time and counseling, 7:30 to 8am in room 110 before class or after (appointment only).

Attendance: If you cannot make class an e-mail or voice mail is expected, if advanced notice is not given in the previous class. Students skipping out the lab portion of class without permission will lose lab and project points. The student is responsible for missed notes or quizzes. I may not have additional copies of notes from missed classes so make a friend!

Vehicle intake: Every vehicle needs an intake form completed by the student and signed by me.

Refer to form for details and rules.

Contact or leave voice mail at: (415) 518- 9422

E-mail (not checked everyday so a leave voice mail if urgent)

Course Description

Academic classroom instruction, paired with practical hands on workshop training, in current Auto Body repair and refinishing techniques, including frame and straightening fundamentals, joining and fastening processes, surface preparation, refinishing, estimating and use of the many various Auto Body Repair materials, terms and nomenclature.

Course Objectives

Identify, explain and demonstrate where necessary:

1. Auto body repair safety practices including fire safety and control operations.
2. The safe use of various Auto Body tools, including power tools and welding equipment.
3. The safe uses of frame and panel straightening equipment including portable hydraulic devices.
4. Panel repair including fenders, door, roofs, hoods and deck lids.
5. Glass replacement including windshields, doors and vent areas.
6. Paint preparation, refinishing and detailing including paint gun operation and blending.
7. Suspension systems.
8. The supply, function and use of various Auto Body paints, parts and materials.
9. Estimating and evaluating vehicle damage and repair costs, including frame and paint times.

Course Content

1. Safety and industry overview.
2. Straightening Fundamentals of various body panels and different metals used.
3. Vehicle construction including body types and detailed nomenclature.
4. Tools and Equipment from basic hand tools to complex frame and measuring applications.
5. Fasteners and Materials including function, application and performance.
6. Welding, heating and cutting using MIG, Oxy-acetylene and plasma systems.
7. Plastic and Composite repair from identification through refinishing.
8. Replacing body panels and adjustment to fit.
9. Servicing doors, Tailgates and Special Roofs.
10. Glass Replacement, service and repair.
11. Interior repairs, seats, vinyl and top replacement.
12. Paint products, Paint Preparation and spray gun operation.
13. Paint refinishing sanding buffing and paint defects.
14. Frame theory, measurement and repair.
15. Estimating repair damage.


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