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Collision Repair

Entry Level Assessment Blueprint

Specific Competencies and Skills Tested in this Assessment:


  • Demonstrate knowledge of safety/environmental requirements in the collision repair industry 
  • Demonstrate appropriate care and maintenance of shop tools and equipment  
  • Identify proper safety techniques for the use of shop equipment, including PPE

Business Fundamentals 

  • Apply basic business practices within the collision repair industry, including estimating
  • Identify employability skills within the collision repair industry


MIG/GMAW (Metal Inert Gas/Gas Metal Arc Welding) and STRSW (Squeeze-Type Resistance Spot Welding)

  • Demonstrate vehicle protection procedures
  • Describe various cutting and weld removal processes
  • Describe and differentiate various types and uses of welding processes
  • Replace and/or repair structural components



  • Select, setup, and utilize manual measuring systems 
  • Select, set up, and utilize computerized measuring systems
  • Demonstrate set-up and operation of various pulling systems
  • Diagnose primary and secondary structural damage 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of working with high strength steel  



  • Identify automotive plastics and proper repair procedures 
  • Diagnose primary and secondary non-structural damage 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of movable and stationary glass 
  • Utilize basic corrosion protection procedures
  • Use adhesive bonding procedures
  • Remove and replace automotive trim 
  • Remove, install, replace, align, or repair non-structural panels 
  • Remove, install, and replace ancillary components (e.g., headlamps, under-hood fuse boxes, etc.)


Mechanical and Electrical Systems 

  • Identify basic steering and suspension components (e.g., tie rod ends, ball joints, steering racks, etc.)
  • Identify how collision damage affects basic suspension geometry
  • Verify functions of electrical system and basic wiring repair (e.g., soldering, quick connectors, etc.)
  • Perform basic mechanical and electrical diagnostic operations


Written Assessment: 

Administration Time: 3 hours   

Number of Questions: 160


Areas Covered:

Safety: 13%

Business Fundamentals: 9%


Structural: 15%

Non-Structural: 27%

Mechanical and Electrical Systems: 21%


Sample Questions: 

To avoid burns, use caution when opening the  

  1. radiator cap  
  2. gas cap 
  3. brake fluid reservoir 
  4. washer reservoir 


The term “R & I” means 

  1. remove and inspect
  2. replace and install 
  3. remove and install  
  4. repair and install  


To flatten MIG/GMAW welding bead, 

  1. increase the wire speed  
  2. increase the voltage  
  3. change the gas setting  
  4. change the ground 


Unibody vehicles seldom incur _____ damage.   

  1. diamond 
  2. twist  
  3. sag  
  4. side sway  


Air bag deployment is considered _____ damage.  

  1. primary 
  2. secondary  
  3. inertia 
  4. unibody


The _____ arm is attached to the steering box.  

  1. radius 
  2. pitman   
  3. control  
  4. idler 


Which class of fire involves flammable liquids?  

  1. Class A
  2. Class B   
  3. Class C   
  4. Class D  


Insufficient shielding gas flow can cause  

  1. excessive penetration 
  2. low weld bead 
  3. porosity 
  4. density 


Apply weld-through primers   

  1. before welding 
  2. after painting 
  3. after welding 
  4. before painting


Which of the following is a conductor?  

  1. glass 
  2. silicon 
  3. silver 
  4. rubber   


Performance Assessment:

Administration Time: 2 hours and 15 minutes   

Number of Jobs: 3


Areas Covered:

46% Welding  

Participant will adjust the welder, perform a vertical lap weld, vertical butt weld with backing, and a vertical plug weld, and shut down the welder.    


40% Sheet Metal Repair 

Participant will wear proper PPEs, clean the panel, straighten the damaged area, prepare panel for filler, mix and apply filler, and sand and shape filler.   


14% Vehicle Measurement 

Participant will safely measure wheel base and obtain the X measurement of the engine compartment.  



Sample Job:

Vehicle Measurement

Maximum Time:  15 minutes 

Participant Activity:  The participant will obtain tram gauge from storage area, measure vehicle wheel base (hub to hub) with tram gauge, and record results in metric measurement on the chart provided.