Automotive Technology is a two-year associate degree program that is designed to combine automotive technical training and academic course work to provide the student with the skills and knowledge needed for an exciting and rewarding career in the automotive service industry. While enrolled in the program, students will study the theory of operation of the automotive systems including electrical, brakes, steering and suspension, automatic and manual transmissions, heating and cooling, engine performance, and engine repair. Engine Repair is the capstone course for this degree program.
Each course includes an automotive lab that allows the students to apply and build their knowledge and skills by performing work on vehicles with “real life” problems in a “real shop” atmosphere. We accomplish this by completing repairs on customer vehicles in need of repair work covered in each course. This high tech training combined with the academic coursework and “hands-on” experience not only prepares the student to be employed in the automotive field, but also prepares the student to take the ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) technician certification exams.
Graduates of the program will satisfy an industry need for well-educated and technically trained people.
Features of the program include:
- This program is Master Automobile Service Technology (MAST) Accredited by the Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation
- Highly trained ASE Master Certified Instructors
- Modern facility with state-of-the-art equipment
Job opportunities include: Dealership technician, Independent shop technician, auto part sales person, service writer, powersports technician, tuner and performance shops.
In addition to the general admissions requirements, the Automotive Technology applicants should be aware of the following criteria:
- A minimum of one year of high school Algebra I is recommended.
- Basic skills in written English are required.
- A basic automotive tool kit and roll cabinet are required. A copy of the required tool list is available on the college website. The major tool manufacturers offer substantial discounts to enrolled students. The College hosts a “Tool Day” on campus in late August for students needing tools or tool kits. Depending on the tool manufacturer, approximate tool kit cost is between $3,500 and $6,000 (prices subject to change).
- Students are expected to possess a good work ethic and a strong desire to learn.
- A valid driver’s license is required to be accepted into the program. It is recommended students be able to drive a manual transmission vehicle.
Students should familiarize themselves with the Industry and Transportation Department General Education Policies located in the General Education Policies section of this Catalog.
Technical Standards: Please refer to Technical Standards for details regarding this program.
Upon the completion of the degree in Automotive Technology, graduates will be able to:
- Evaluate, diagnose, and repair various automotive systems using ASE guidelines.
- Use technology and basic scientific principles for research and problem solving.
- Employ effective written and oral communication skills.
- Employ effective technical writing skills.
- Utilize mathematical logic and analysis for problem solving.
- Understand the connections between individuals and society.
- Have the ability to achieve ASE Master Certification.
- Perform reading skills at a college level.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills.
In addition, the graduate will be able to demonstrate competency in the general education outcomes.