Automotive Collision

Course Info

FCPS Grade Level and Course Credit information is found at the links to the left. The Virginia Department of Education Curriculum may be found using the links to the right. 

Course Description

Level I Course Description

In this course, students are taught non-structural analysis, damage repair, and welding. Students work with a variety of materials, using metal finishing and body filling techniques to prepare surfaces and repair panels. In addition, students practice shop safety and gain career skills. Students who successfully complete this program sequence will be prepared to take and pass the respective ASE/NATEF exam and will be prepared for postsecondary education opportunities.

Level II Course Description

In this course, students are taught to repair, mask, and refinish auto body components and entire vehicles. In addition, they use spray guns and personal safety equipment while applying undercoats and topcoats, working with a variety of materials, and gaining career skills. Students who successfully complete this program sequence will be prepared to take and pass the respective ASE/NATEF exam and will be prepared for postsecondary education opportunities.

Services Offered - Auto Donations

Edison Academy accepts late model vehicles for both instructional purposes and for the Student Auto Sales (SAS) program. Student Auto Sales, sponsored by the Foundation for Applied Technical Education (FATE), refurbishes used vehicles for sale to the public. Proceeds benefit student competitions, scholarships, and the Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Services programs. 

Requirements for vehicle donations:  Most recent title and keys must be provided  Vehicle must be delivered to the Edison Academy  Drop offs not permitted 

Student Auto Sales Contact Information:  ***Please contact instructors to set up an appointment for donations! John Bogan: Automotive Technology Instructor

Charles Cornwell: Automotive Collision Services Instructor

Class Features

  • VRTEX Virtual Welding Simulator
  • Virtual Reality Sim Spray Spray Simulator 
  • Unibody Frame Straitening Machine
  • Universal Measurement System
  • Blowtherm Expert 2000 Downdraft Paint Booth
  • PPG Computerized Paint Mixing System
  • MIG, Spot, and Gas Welder
  • Air-Powered Body Repair Tools
  • SATA-JET HVLP Spray Equipment
  • Air-Conditioned Classroom and Work lab

Professional Certification Opportunities

  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Collision Repair Tech
  • Sales Representative
  • Paint Refinishing Tech
  • Parts Manager
  • Customizer/Fabricator
  • Body Shop Manager
  • Insurance Adjuster
  • Body Shop Owner

Mentor Firms

  • PPG Waterborne
  • 3M Co.
  • State Farm Insurance
  • I-CAR Foundation
  • Keystone Automotive
  • Kline Collision
  • Wagonwork Body
  • Tyson Corner Collision Center 

Our teacher, Mr. Cornwell, and his students share information about the Automotive Collision Services program. 

For a 2020-21 student's perspective on the Auto Collision Services program at Edison Academy, watch this video. 

Collision Students Train on SimSpray Spray Simulator

Students in the Automotive Collision program at Edison Academy have a new tool to help train for refinishing in the Auto Collision field where technique is important. The SimSpray Virtual Spray Simulator being used in the classroom helps students to build muscle memory and dramatically improve their refinishing skills while in a safe chemical free environment. 

Students using Sim Spray Simulator with Teacher instruction