Students in automotive technology certificate, diploma, and associate's programs begin by gaining a general overview of the automotive industry through a combination of classroom education and hands-on experiences. They are then more readily prepared to select a specific area of emphasis, including custom upholstery construction and styling.
Here is an outline of common concepts taught in auto upholstery courses:
- Vehicle framework
- Safety procedures
- Tools and equipment
- Modification and repair
- Sewing techniques
- Fabric manipulation
- Hands-on workshops
List of Common Courses
Introduction to Auto Mechanics and Customization Course
This course provides an introductory framework into the layout, construction and customization of automobiles. Students gain a general understanding of the working components and makeup of a variety of vehicles. They learn about auto shop safety procedures, the proper use of tools and equipment and maintenance principles.
Auto Frame and Body Construction Course
Before students can successfully design upholstery for automobiles, they must possess a detailed understanding of frame and body design. Through a combination of classroom teaching and hands-on training, students learn important aspects of the structural construction of automobiles as well as being able to inspect and repair framework issues.
Beginning Auto Upholstery Course
This course addresses the basics of upholstery design, problem diagnosis and the effective modification, replacement and repair of upholstery. Students learn how to effectively cut, stitch and fit material for various types of seating in cars, trucks, vans and motorcycles. Emphasis is placed on learning principles of design and sewing machine operation.
Advanced Auto Upholstery Course
Students continue to increase their knowledge of upholstery design and installation with the discussion of carpet insertion, vinyl top installation, convertible top repair and advanced upholstery construction techniques. Students' work is reviewed based on their proficiency with customized projects and their effectiveness in making repairs.
Independent Projects Course
After gaining a broad knowledge of upholstery, customization and repair, students can investigate specific topics of interest or pursue their own custom design projects. An instructor provides input and monitoring.