Collision Repair and Auto Body » Auto Body Technology

Auto Body Technology

Mr. Thomas Blankenship
Collision Repair/Auto Body Technology 
276-988-2529 x 1710

Subjects Taught

Auto Body Repair


Richlands High School Graduate 1987

I-CAR Certified

        Ford Aluminum Structural Repair


ASE Certified

         Painting and Refinishing

         Nonstructural Analysis and Damage Repair

         Structural Analysis and Damage Repair Damage Analysis and Estimating


Southwest Virginia Community College

      Studied  Pre-Engineering

James Madison University

      Curriculum and Instruction in Vocational Education

      Life Span and Human Development

      Instructional Technology


Blue Ridge Community College

     Integrating Technology in the classroom


Dabney S. Lancaster College

    Wind Energy


AMI Automotive Institute

     Estimating Practices

     Writing Proper Estimates

     Total Loss Determination


Atlanta Training Center

     Color Adjustment and Blending



I was born June 8, 1969, to an Auto Body Technician named Herley Blankenship who in 1971 became the Collision Repair Instructor at TCVC (TCCTC). I graduated from Richlands High School in 1987 and attended Tazewell County Career and Technical Center in 1986 and 1987. I was a welding student for 2 years and obtained my welding certification. While attending TCCTC,  I was school president, placed second in VICA (SkillsUSA) welding competition, and won 1st in the nation in Occupational Health and Safety scrapbook competition. After high school, I studied Pre-Engineering at SVCC.  From 1989 to 2000 I worked at various Collision Centers like Jim's Precision Body Works and Jack Sykes Body Shop. I also owned Tom's Collision Repair in the latter part of those years. In August of 2000, I became the Collision Repair instructor at TCCTC. The school and students that attend are my passion and I strive to see both succeed.

A course designed to teach students non-structural analysis, damage repair, and welding through repair, masking, and refinishing auto body components and entire vehicles, students 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. 
Auto Body/Collision Repair

Supply list
1. Change of work clothes.

2. Work boots or leather tennis shoes

3. We provide safety glasses but you may want to buy a more comfortable pair.

4. Note book and pencil/pen.