Major ID: 278A
Program Start Dates: Fall (AAS General Education credits can be taken any term)
Automotive repair requires trained technicians skilled in the use of testing equipment, special tools, and the latest information and specifications to service the many types of automobiles. Technicians diagnose trouble in any one of thousands of automotive components. They work with many new systems each year that require new service techniques and training. Some of these include air conditioning units, emission control devices, alternators, electronic ignition, and electronic fuel injection.
Students are prepared to take the ASE certification tests when they have completed the program. ASE certifies technicians nationwide.
Students should have good mechanical aptitude, be in good physical condition and have the ability to get along with others. Students also need to be able to read and process technical information.
Opportunities are expected to be plentiful for automotive technicians with technical training according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department also states that the growing complexity of automotive technology, such as the use of electronic and emissions control equipment increasingly necessitates that cars be serviced by professionals.
The auto technician may work in a dealership garage, an independent garage, or as a specialist. Opportunities exist for a technician to become a shop service sales person, new car dealership service manager, or shop owner.
Graduates will be prepared to pass all 8 ASE tests.
Graduates will have knowledge and skills in use of testing equipment, special tools, and specifications for servicing automobiles.
Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to diagnose problems in automotive systems.
Graduates will be prepared for employment as Automotive Service Technicians.
Graduates will have proficient communication skills for customer service.
Graduates will have business and management skills required of an automotive service technician.
Students will need to supply their own basic tools and tool box. The estimated cost for professional quality tools and tool box is approximately $2,000-$3,000. Tool vendors will be on campus during the first week.
Length of Program
This is a full-time, day and evening program. The program can be completed in four semesters. Students can enroll in the program only in the fall.
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