Why Choose the Automotive Restoration & Customization — Finishing Program?
There's just something special about making a vehicle completely one-of-a-kind through customization. Likewise, there's something special about taking an old classic and restoring it to its former glory. The CPTC Automotive programs have won numerous national awards. We are an ASE/NATEF Master Certified training program that started one of the first Hybrid, Electric and Alternate Fuels programs in the U.S. Students in this program participate in realistic training activities as part of their educational experience and/or work on their own projects. They have the opportunity to put their training and resources to practical use with the personalization of their own vehicles. If you're creative, love cars and want to make a car the canvas for your art, this program and career path might be the perfect fit.
How Long It Takes:
All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.
In Washington, median pay for Automotive Restoration & Customization is $48,500 per year.
This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careerinfo.net.
Automotive Restoration & Customization — Finishing Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the Automotive Restoration & Customization – Finishing certificate, students will:
- Work safely and responsibly within safety and environmental guideline standards, including OSHA and EPA.
- Demonstrate proper use and care of hand and power tools.
- Select proper equipment for heating, cutting, and welding. Demonstrate proper selection and use.
- Describe and/or demonstrate setup and use of sheet metal forming equipment.
- Demonstrate techniques of custom panel forming using metal, composites, and other materials.
- Shrink, stretch, and straighten metal and mix and apply plastic filler for the purpose of restoring or customizing body panels.
- Inspect, remove, install, and align panels, doors, and trim to meet restoration standards.
- Diagnose condition of frame or chassis to determine suitability of modifications or road-worthiness.
- Evaluate vehicle condition for restoration planning.
- Evaluate vehicle surface and prepare for topcoat finishing.
- Mix and adjust color, apply topcoat and/or custom finishes.
- Correct finish defects and clean vehicles inside and out for delivery.
Meet Your Instructors
Greg graduated from Clover Park Automotive Collision program in June 1976. From June 1976 to 1987 he worked in dealerships, starting as an apprentice in the industry and working in all capacities up to foreman/manager. He has held a Chevrolet Master Collision Repair Certification and is currently an ASE Master Certified in Collision Repair.
Kurt came to CPTC after 18 years of industry experience in both independent businesses and dealerships. He has performed all disciplines associated with the collision industry, specializing in structural repair, steering, suspension and alignment. He held lead and supervisory positions for several years. He's always enjoyed learning new techniques or technologies, which helped him in his career and continues to help him as an instructor.